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We are not giving up

” I choose to be a Nurse Midwife because it’s one profession that can continue to spark my innovative mind to deal with many aspects of patient care especially among women and children”

Chinomso Ibe is a Nurse/Midwife founder of Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) in Nigeria and a Fellow of Maternal health Program with the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of public Health and Institute of International Education USA. She reports on recent activities :

Since 2014, Connecting Nurses, Sanofi and the Millennia2025 Foundation WeObservatory have recorgnised Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) efforts on Maternal and Child Health, and we have continued to make great impacts in our rural communities supporting our pregnant women and babies survive during childbirth with the production and distribution of our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits. We keep improving every day on our package and can’t wait to hit a Million distribution !

In 2019, we have started a Facebook live « Mama & Pikin Matter” a live series on Maternal and Child Health to engage our online communities and build there knowledge on how to reduce preventable pregnancy and child birth complications and death. Different topics on Maternal health are discussed every Sunday, having our audience ask questions and share real life childbirth scenarios. We were able to educate more than 20,000 community members. Dr Uche Anyanwagu and I anchored this program. We took a break and will continue with it soon.

We have also continued our rural community Safe Motherhood program’s and Ante-natal care programs teaching pregnant women and families in different local languages on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, Childbirth and beyond.  

Our work has gone viral inspiring so many other young people who have become and extension of our work in there rural communities. We have more volunteers across Nigerian rural communities who are truly a blessing to us , with full dedication to help reduce the Maternal mortality and morbidity rate in our country. We are really building Maternal health young champions, which is a continuation of the impact the Maternal health Task Force fellowship made in me. 

Right now in the Covid 19 pandemic, we are providing palliative support to pregnant women and breastfeeding mother’s across 5 states in Nigeria. Knowing the impact of lockdown on pregnant women, breastfeeding mother’s and there babies, we have so far distributed food to 200 women and there families, through our donors who remained anonymous.

We have new patners too Henderson Hill’s Baptist Church Edmond US who are supporting our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits, we will share pictures when we complete there project. Also we have individuals who are supporting the distribution of the kits to there communties and we are thankful for that. 

As the pandemic affected the rural communities much , more women are giving birth at home more , but with our intervention we are providing as many birth supplies as possible to our women and also at the health centers.

I am also working as a Frontline at this point and using this opportunity to say a big thank you to my amazing team for all there hard work.

We are looking forward to more support to provide more Birth kits to our women as both the fear of being infected by the virus and no availability of Birth supplies have left them to give birth at home more.

We are not giving up, we will continue to save lives !

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COVID-19, New developments from our  partners ,  projects  and team

COVID-19 has stimulated the creativity of our partners, projects and team, with innovative digital solutions to support the information of health professionals and citizens around the world :
The new webapp EpidemiXs Coronavirus developped by Universal Doctor is available in Spanish and French
Weekly weblives provide the most recent updates in Spanish and soon in French :
They are also in hospitals providing healthcare to patients and we applause them everyday at 20:00 !

Nursing is having the motivation to want to learn to help, to study, to research. It is something emotional and rational at the same time

Lady Murrugarra is a Nurse Technician in Peru leading the ePrevencion program in San
Benito of Cajamarca to ensure that « Health for All » is a reality through the use of new

By joining the WeObservatory in 2013 through Connecting Nurses, she conducted with her team a survey on the status of ICT access and health related use among healthcare workers from selected countries in Latin America and the Caribean region.
The results of the study are plublished in a scientific article at the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH), in the Women in eHealth special Theme 2015.
Lady participated to Medetel in Luxembourg in April 2014 and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015.

We are proud to have her as vice-chair of the Global Network  of Women in Telemedicine
(WeTelemed) to make telemedicine accessible to all in Peru and around the world !
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Being a nurse and scientist is my childhood dream !

Michael Dino, Nurse Educator, Researcher and Innovator, Director for Research
Development and Innovation Center at the Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines.


Since the 2013 Connecting Nurses Award,
Michael is featured at the Women Observatory for eHealth of the Foundation Millennia2025 as a key leader of its innovative projects on telehealth and elderly. Already presented in our Blog, he wants to « move towards a borderless society where global citizenship (caring for the world rather than caring only on your own) is becoming more prominent, we might be experiencing similar problems and challenges that require collaborative approach ».


Michael is working on several projects related to Nursing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
These include humanoid robots research for healthy seniors (in partnership with Tokushima
University), VR and AR.
Read more here !

2020 Year of the Nurses and Midwives!

Nurses and Midwives are at the top of the scene in 2020, with the World Health Organization International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Since 2014, the Women Observatory for eHealth has selected innovative projects developed by Nurses and Midwives around the world. With new technologies, Nurses and Midwives connect to their patients with increased efficiency and quality of care.
Stay connected to the news of the Blog to know more details of their projects in the coming weeks!

Zero Mothers Die at BBC World 100 Women 2019!


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After the launch of Zero Mothers Die at the UNGA in September 2014, the mobile maternal health app of the Foundation Millennia20205 developed by Universal Doctor  has gained an impressive recognition by the designation of its co-founder, Véronique Thouvenot, by the BBC World 100 Women. After five years of intensive work with Jordi Serrano Pons, Coumba Touré, both co-founders, and Jeannine Lemaire, general coordinator, Zero Mothers Die is available free of charge in 8 languages for pregnant women and health professionals around the world.


Help save women’s lives with Zero Mothers Die!

Articles published by the press in Chile (in Spanish)

El Dia: BBC Destacoa chilena en listade las 100 mujeres del ano

BioBio Chile : Científica oriunda de Concepción es destacada por BBC entre las 100 mujeres de 2019: Fue inesperado

La Tercera : ¿Quién es la científica chilena que está entre las 100 mujeres más destacadas del mundo por la BBC?


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New theme issue on Nurses and Midwives in Digital Health for the JISfTeH in 2020

To the chairs and members of the ISfTeH Working Groups
To the members of ISfTeH,

We have an opportunity to prepare a themed edition of the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH). The ISfTeH Working Group of Women  WoW) has prepared two of these special issues of the journal in 2015 and 2017, each including 4 to 7 papers, and their most recent one will be available shortly.

2015: (pdf:
2017: (pdf:

The Journal is only available online and the editors are working diligently to establish its place among credible and referenced journals.
Our themed issue would be about telehealth nursing, of course. The editors are very determined to have papers that reflect “science” by which they mean well-done research with intent to produce substantive findings that will contribute to the evidence that drives health care delivery.
Next year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. We are proposing to you and to the journal editors that we put together 4 to 6 publishable research papers in a Special Telehealth Nursing Edition of JISfTeH that would be available early in 2020 (January or February). The papers would all reflect some aspect of telehealth/telenursing. To begin this process, we are asking all of you to consider submitting an abstract that represents the essence of your publishable research paper. If you are hesitant to reveal all of your research work and findings in JISfTeH, you could consider using a part of your work for this paper. The abstract and paper should be in the traditional research format: introduction/problem addressed; research purpose, research question(s)/hypotheses, sample, setting, data collection methods, data analysis methods, results/findings, discussion, conclusions and recommendations.
All articles submitted must be authored by nurses or midwives, as principal author.
The language will be English.


Abstracts are accepted until 15 September 2019 to claudiabartz388[at] or veronique.thouvenot[at]

Submissions should be done before 30 November 2019
Submissions follow the JISfTeH guidelines:


Contact info[at], or claudiabartz388[at] or veronique.thouvenot[at]



Le numérique, une chance pour la santé durable ?


C’est la question débattue cette année à l’Université eSanté avec les intervenants venus des 4 continents et plusieurs centaines de participants. L’organisation des soins, la couverture de soins universelle, les réglementations juridiques, l’utilisation des données de santé dans un monde numérique globalisé ont suscité des échanges interactifs. Cela a été aussi l’opportunité pour les deux groupes de travail de l’ISfTeH, Francophonie et Femmes (WoW) de se retrouver et de poursuivre les échanges commencés en Mars à Lisbonne lors de la conférence annuelle.


The Digital revolution, an opportunity for sustainable health?

This was the question debated at the eHealth University 2019 by the invited speakers from four continents and hundreds of participants. Healthcare organisation, universal health coverage, laws and regulations, use of data health, privacy of data were at the center of the discussions. It was also the opportunity for ISfTeH working groups on Francophonie and on Women (WoW) to pursue the dialogue initiated earlier in Lisbon.


Philippe Delorme, WG Francophonie et Véronique Thouvenot ISfTeH WoW


Présentation de l Observatoire des Femmes et la eSante à l’AMCC.

C est à l’invitation de notre partenaire l’AMCC à leur Assemblée Générale annuelle, que nous nous sommes retrouvés à Paris pour des échanges constructifs autour des programmes de santé et éducation sur le cancer et les soins palliatifs.
Le déploiement des nouvelles technologies digitales en particulier sur le continent africain apportent des opportunités et perspectives innovantes.
La Fondation Millennia2025 a présenté les activités de l’Observatoire des Femmes et la eSanté menées avec nos partenaires l’UNFM, Connecting Nurses, Global Health Objectives (GHO) et Universal Doctor pour former en ligne les professionnels de la santé, contribuer à l’élimination du cancer cervical qui touche des milliers de femmes dans le monde et apporter un appui aux aidants en soins palliatifs avec l’application mobile mPalliative Care. Merci aux membres du Conseil d’Administration de l’AMCC et à leurs membres présents réunis ici sur les photos!

Les soins palliatifs pour tous et toutes au cœur du congrès de la SFAP & FISP !

L’accès aux soins palliatifs partout dans le monde et pour tous les patients et patientes a été au centre des présentations tout au long du congrès du 13 au 15 Juin 2019 à Paris. Loin d’être un luxe, les soins palliatifs d’adressent à tous et à tous les âges pour accompagner et soulager tout au long de la vie. Les nouvelles technologies permettent de se former en ligne et d’accompagner les aidants avec une solution mobile mPalliative Care développée par Universal Doctor et testée dans trois pays avec l’appui de l’OMS, présentée par le Dr Jordi Serrano Pons.

Cela a été l’opportunité de rencontrer les représentantes de l’AMCC et du Forum Palliafrique, Elisabeth Dupont et Sabine Perrier-Bonnet pour avancer nos projets de collaboration futurs.

eHealthWorld, Atelier eSanté et Afrique, Session « Prévention, accès aux soins et formation », 27 Mars 2019


Une nouvelle fois cette année, l’Atelier eSanté en Afrique a réuni de nombreux intervenants et participants le 27 Mars de 9 :00 à 12 :00. Modéré par Mr Jérôme Froissard, secrétaire général de la Fondation AMADE Mondiale, l’Atelier a présenté une session sur la prévention, accès aux soins et formation dans plusieurs pays africains avec le eLearning par l’Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale par le Dr Line Kleinebrel, la télépathologie et l’Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer par le Dr Martine Raphael, la santé maternelle à Djibouti par le Dr Sikiyah Moussa et l’application mobile Zero Mothers Die adaptée pour le contexte de Goma au Congo RD, par Dr Véronique Thouvenot. S’il reste beaucoup à faire en eSanté en Afrique, cette session a montré des perspectives intéressantes pour les prochaines années. Avec Anna Matranga, dont c’est la deuxième participation, les partenaires et membres de l’Observatoire de la Fondation Millennia2025 ont été bien représentés !

ZMD App in Brazil presented at ISfTeH conference in Lisbon, 20 March 2019.

Angelica Silva,  Public Health Researcher at FUNDAÇÃO OSWALDO CRUZ in Rio, Brazil, and partner of Zero Mothers Die, presented the results of the development of ZMD mobile App in Portuguese-brazilian to localise the app to the context of women and midwives in Brazil. The mobile app is free of charge and available for android phones.
It was the opportunity to meet with Dr Veronique Thouvenot, co-founder of Zero Mothers Die, the members of ISfTeH Board and participants coming from various countries.
The visit of the National Telehealth Center (CNTS) in Lisbon was very instructive and will contribute to contacts for the future.

New article published at the Journal of ISfTeH on the six midwifery projects at the WeObservatory !


This paper describes the cases of six midwifery projects of the Women Observatory for eHealth at the Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation, to support the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in midwifery practice in eight countries from 2014 to 2016. It includes eLearning course for CASA in Mexico, Twintowin mobile app in Netherland and Morroco, Happy Baby Happy Mom in Mongolia, Pan Milar for migrant women in Switzerland, Portrait of a midwife in Australia, Moldova and Bangladesh, and training on emergency obstetrics in Ethiopia.

The authors are grateful for the support provided by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and Millennia2025 Foundation.

Three New Projects joining the WeObservatory in 2019!

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They are innovative, creative, generous and humanitarian and they benefit of an international visibility and support by joining the WeObservatory. Based in France, South Africa- New Zealand and Congo DR, the projects aim at making Artificial Intelligence, Telemedicine and Mobile Health accessible to midwives and pregnant women to reduce maternal and new born mortality.

Visit them here:

The Impilo Initiative:
mSanté pour Goma:

Nos projets lors les grandes conférences du SIDIIEF

La Fondation Millennia2025 a présenté les projets infirmiers innovants de l’Observatoire des Femmes et la eSanté lors des Grandes Conférences du SIDIIEF 2018.

Pour clore l’année 2018 riche de 7 conférences internationales et une exposition photos, les projets de l’Observatoire ont été présentés aux membres du SIDIIEF par conférence à distance par

José Coté (TAVIE), Laurent Klein (iPansement) et Véronique Thouvenot. Les résumés des conférences sont disponibles sur le site du SIDIIEF:


La Fondation avait été invitée au 6ème Congrès mondial des infirmières et infirmiers francophones organisé par le SIDIIEF  à Montreal du 31 Mai au 5 Juin 2015 :