“Save our mothers” is one of the first projects selected by the WeObservatory. Nurse Ibe Chinomso and her Traffina Foundation have since gone a long way from conducting basic educational campaigns to launching now the “Clean Birth Kits” initiative. With the support from the WeObservatory and other partners the Traffina Foundation is able to provide free delivery kits containing sterile instruments that women require at childbirth.
The Traffina Foundation is also actively working now with the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Programme and launching a “Call to Action ” to improve maternal health situation in Nigeria.
Ibe Chinomso was recently invited to talk about Traffina Foundation’s activities and present the Clean Birth Kits at the National Newborn Health Conference in Abuja, Nigeria that took place this past October.
If you happen to be near Geneva or Paris at the end of November, the WeObservatory will be presenting its projects at the following two events :
1. Global Forum in Geneva, an independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The WeO will be present at the Women in Leadership Sessions on November 18th. See the program here.
2. The Annual Colloquium of the SFTAG (Société Française des Technologies pour l’Autonomie et Gérontechnologie) in Paris. The WeO will be presenting on November 25th. See the program here.
If you don’t have an opportunity to attend these, watch out for a resumé of these events on our blog.
Here is an addition to our report about the WeO first field trip : check out the pictures from Barcelona in the Photo Gallery.
It so happens that a couple of the Care Challenge selected projects are conducted by nurses in Barcelona, Spain. So the WeObservatory team picked Barcelona as the first target for a field trip.
Firstly, we were kindly invited by the nurses of the Programa 5′ project of the pediatric hospital Sant Juan de Deu to meet with the nursing team, discuss their projects and visit the hospital. To remind you , the Programa 5′ is a continuing education initiative through the implementation of short (5 minutes) interactive and online teaching actions for nurses. The first planned step in our collaboration is to update and expand the Technical Manual for Nursing Videos in order to make the methodology transferable and help other nurses in other hospitals reproduce the project. Pictures of the hospital are posted in our Photo Gallery, check them out!
Secondly, we met with the wonderful nurse Norma Grau , author of the Teo the Duckling story for Diabetic children, and illustrator Cristina Serrat. As we communicated in a previous post, we met to discuss the possibilities of making an animated version of the story as well as a version customized for girls, Thea the Ducklinette. We are happy to say that he consensus has been reached and we now have connected Norma Grau and Cristina Serrat with the creative team of the ONIDEA studio, who will be producing the animated version of Teo the Duckling. Here , on the photo on the right, you can see the ONIDEA team holding the Zero Mothers Die pink phone.
Finally, we met with Lisa Darsch MSN RN, founder of CEO Collaborative Forum, that has kindly offered her expretise and advice on our projects, Zero Mothers Die in particular. For those who don’t know : our own Véronique Thouvenot, the WeObservatory director, is also the co-founder of the ZMD project, hence the occasional overlapping on the subject in our posts.
Stay tuned for more news and pictures !
UniversalDoctor has launched a non-profit initiative for the Ebola outbreak: Translation4Outbreaks.
Translations 4 Outbreaks is a crowd-translation platform to translate Ebola information for patients and medical personnel into as many languages as possible. The platform harnesses the language skills of people from across the world (the ‘crowd’) by making it easy for them to help translate important healthcare and outbreak information into different languages.
The content of the Ebola messages on the platform comes from different public health authorities (CDC, MSF etc) who provide credible information on Ebola. All translations will be offered as free PDFs on the website for anyone to download and use.
Applications are accepted from people all over the world to help with this crowd-translation effort so if you would be interested in helping, spread the word !
Read recent news article about Translations 4 Outbreaks here.
The WeObservatory selects its projects from Care Challenge , a Connecting Nurses project. For a quick résumé, take a look at this video : Anne Beal, Chief Patient Officer at Sanofi, talks about Connecting Nurses and about the key role nurses play in a patient-centered approach.
“Give mothers a chance !” – says Dr. Véronique Thouvenot while presenting the Zero Mothers Die project during the Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon in New York, where the picture above was taken. At her side, another co-founder of ZMD, Jordi Serrano Pons.
Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory and one of the co-founders of Zero Mothers Die, has recently spent an entire week attending numerous events in NY dedicated to global health challenges, mHealth and Women’s health (see previous post).
The highlight of the week was the official launch of Zero Mothers Die by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, at the Women Leaders Forum inside the UN Headquarter during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22nd. The Mum’s Phone, a unique $30 mobile phone designed for pregnant women, was launched as a key element of ZMD to highlight the need for technology to empower pregnant women themselves to access information and seek healthcare when needed. For a detailed summary of the event, please visit the ZMD official website.
Accounts of this project were made by the Newsweek and UNAIDS.
Help fund Zero Mothers Die campaign on Indiegogo and help spread the word!
We are delighted to announce that last week in New York the Diplomatic Council officialized its support of the Millennia2025 Foundation projects: the WeObservatory and the Zero Mothers Die projects in particular. The Diplomatic Council is a United Nations registered global Think Tank with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. Read more about the Diplomatic Council on the official website.
Hi from NY , everyone ! The WeObservatory and the Zero Mothers Die teams are very excited to be in New York this week to attend some very interesting events. To be honest, it has been overwhelming so far. Especially with Zero Mothers Die receiving appreciation and recognition from First Ladies and Cherie Blair in particular. Follow @macyalligood , @DrKristie, @Vthouvenot , and to get the latest updates.
We’ll provide you now with the list of attended events, but we’ll give you a more detailed report in the days to come !
Here they are:
1. Social Good Summit 2014 , the two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. We invite you to visit the official web page to watch videos of the conference. Check twitter for #2030NOW
2. Women Leaders Forum , official side events of the
United Nations General Assembly in New York City, in collaboration with key partners such as UNAIDS, PMNCH, ITU, Global Partnerships Forum & WITNET. Each year, the Women Leaders Forum brings together women leaders,
First Ladies, and leaders from the development, technology, government and private sectors. Check twitter for #WLF2014 , #UNGA2014 and #ZeroMothersDie
3. Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon . F4D is a global awareness platform that goes beyond fashion and seeks to unite diplomacy, media, business and the creative industries to enact sustainable change.
4. GSMA mHealth Conference “Empowering Health Workers”
5. Transformative Innovation for Health , taking place tonight at Le Parker Meridien at 17h
And more to come !
Robots, can they really help ? Can robot automation help improve quality of nursing and raise expectations for a viable solution? It is a heated debate. Take a look at what a hospital in Osaka, Japan is doing.
To keep you updated on the events WeObservatory participates in: we attended the WSIS event this past June in Geneva and we’d like to share the outcome documents of the event. You can find them on the official event website here.
ePrevention in Latin America and the Caribbean by nurse Lady Murrugarra is a project currently selected by the WeObservatory. Under the responsability of Lady Murrugarra – as part of the planned activities within the WeObservatory partnership agreement – a survey was conducted on usability of communication technologies among healthcare personnel. The survey sought to collect data among the healthcare personnel in the Andean region – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela-to assess the role ICTs currently play in the provision of health information for prevention , rapid response and emergency care in case of disaster.
To resume the conclusions, mobile cellular telephony provides the best platform for implementing ePrevention strategies among healthcare workers in the Andean region who express willingness and interest in using ICTs to seek health information and build their capacity to address key health issues affecting their countries.
Read the full report here (pdf).
It is never easy to speak to children about a disease. Especially when this disease makes them feel very different from all the other children, as is the case with diabetes.
Norma Grau, a nurse from Barcelona, has written a story for diabetic children – Teo the Duckling – that would help them learn in an easy and educative way that they mustn’t feel different or ashamed for being diabetic. “Children must incorporate the illness into their daily life, but it is not easy at first. Various vital infancy stages have to be taken into account when helping them with the educational therapy. At the age of 4-6 years old they may feel different from their colleagues and friends, especially when doing check-ups as well as giving themselves insulin dose injections. To include the illness into their daily life activities plus avoiding stigmatization have been the key to develop our project”, says Norma Grau.
The nurse also had the story superbly illustrated by her colleague, Cristina Serrat Gómez, making it very appealing to children.
This story was shared for the first via Care Challenge by Norma Grau and was then selected both by Connecting Nurses and the WeObservatory. Here at the WeObservatory we are planning to help the nurse further develop her idea : during 2014/2015 we will contribute to the creation of another story customized for girls. We also plan to create an animated version of the stories. We will keep you updated on this project through our blog.
The story currently exists in three languages.
Click to access the PDF versions : English, Castellano and Catalán.
Today internet usage might be second nature to some and a luxury to others. Here’s an infographic – made by Intel – that takes you back to 1960 and shows you how the number of connected devices and internet users has augmented.
Take a look at the full PDF version here.