Miriam Ackroyd is a midwife and a photographer. The WeObservatory is honored to be endorsing and supporting her long-term project – Portrait of a Midwife – that consists of portraying the midwives of the world in order to inform and teach about the profession.
“I want to use photography as an instrument for education and change; encourage the world to act. I believe that powerful photography can affect the masses. I want to help to influence governments to invest in women and their health care, by investing in midwives and their education and skill development, to make the reproductive years of women in that country much safer and make the prospect of mothering more enjoyable” , says Miriam.
The WeObservatory will be able to introduce Miriam to its network of healthcare professionals, midwives in particular, and sponsor a number of field trips. The cooperation is starting immediately and Miriam is soon flying out to Bangladesh! The photographer is also to portray the work that is being done by other members of the WeObservatory, leaders of other WeO selected projects.
We are currently working on creating a separate website for the Portrait of a Midwife. Stay tuned for the link !
Vjollca Kola, nurse specialized in Diabetic Foot care, has partnered up with us in order to make an efficient use of all the documents and experiences she has been gathering these last years while running her own practice in Kosovo. Together we came up with the idea to make a Guide for her patients that they will be able to take home or consult online. We are happy to announce that the Diabetic Foot Care Guide for patients has been published and available online in Albanian. We believe that having very simple and accessible guidelines and information is just a first step towards a better care and patient education.
WeObservatory is most delighted to congratulate nurse Chinomnso Ibe of the “Save our mothers” project from Nigeria on being selected for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This selection will allow Chinomnso Ibe to engage in a 6 weeks intensive fellowship at Wagner College.
“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.
This International Nurses Day the WeObservatory has launched Tea the Duckling, the diabetes educational video for children, their parents and their teachers. The story is identical to the one of Teo the Duckling , but the main character in this video is a girl – Tea. It might not be the case for everyone, but for some little girls it is important to associate themselves with a girl character, therefore we decided it’s important to create two versions of the story – Teo and Tea.
The photo on the right: launch of the video made during the International Nurses Day in Paris with the Connecting Nurses team. From left to right: Felicity Kelliher, nurse and educator (@dk_felicity), Nick Hardiker, director of the eHealth program at ICN (@nickhardiker), Tea the Duckling , Sylvie Coumel of Connecting Nurses and Dr. Véronique Thouvenot of the WeObservatory (Millennia2025Foundation; @Vthouvenot).
Also, the author of the Teo the Duckling story, nurse Norma Grau participated in the round table discussion in Spain as part of the international digital event organized by Connecting Nurses in honor of the International Nurses Day (photo on the right). The video of this discussion is available on youtube.
And , finally, here’s the video of Tea the Duckling, English and Spanish versions:
Childhood and Diabetes
“Children must incorporate the illness into their daily life, but it is not easy at first. At the age of 4-6 years old they may feel different from their colleagues and friends. To include the illness into their daily life activities and avoid stigmatization have been the key factors that pushed us to create this story” Norma Grau.
We are happy to announce that new projects have been selected by the WeObservatory for a one-year partnership from the Care Challenge platform. These projects benefit of the Millennia2025 Foundation international network to expand their activities.
The new selected projects are:
See the full list of selected projects on the Millennia2025 Foundation’s website.