Category Archives: Event

International Council of Midwives Congress

More than 4.000 midwives coming from the world are in Toronto at the ICM congress. Our four Mobile Applications dedicated to Women’s health and maternity are showcased at the stand

And get tremendous attraction : more apps here. Also as well the series of Portraits of Midwives in Bangladesh by Miriam Ackroyd, and in Moldova by Doina Schimpf.
And more exciting is the election as new ICM President of Franka Cadée (on the picture above ) , as we work with her project Twintotwin !
It is the time for our selected projects to meet, interact and plan new projects for the future!

ZMD at the Diplomatic Council Gala Dinner

We are back from the Diplomatic Council yearly Gala Dinner in Frankfurt excited, happy and carrying a nomination for the World Summit on the Information Society Prize for the Zero Mothers Die application and project.

The afternoon before the Gala dinner was dedicated to the DC Executive Club meeting during which global leaders of the Diplomatic Council made interesting lectures and presentations, to exchanged experience, gave new impulses to advance the Diplomatic Council. And, of course, recognised and nominated 5 projects for the World Summit on the Information Society Prize 2017.

The Gala was then ceremoniously opened by Secretary General Hang Nguyen and the founding President Buddhi Athauda followed by a speech of the new DC President H.E. Ambassador Dato‘ Zulkifli Adnan.

Thank you, DC, it was a great evening !

The 13th International Congress on Nursing Informatics

The 13th International Congress in Nursing Informatics recently took place this last June in Geneva. The topic this year was eHealth for All. Our partner Connecting Nurses and us, the Women Observatory for eHealth of the Millennia2025Foundation were presented by Nick Hardiker RN PhD FACMI, and Veronique Thouvenot MBA, Ph.D. A.Maths.

The presentation was focused on innovation in nursing care and illustrated by several projects posted by nurses on Care Challenge. These projects were both awarded by Connecting Nurses and later selected by the WeObservatory for a partnership. See for example Telehealth and Elederly by Michael Dino from Philippines:

Genevieve Rouleau – from the CHUM, Montreal University Hospital Center – presented the project TAVIE and it’s extension to women living with HIV jose-cote-prix-egalite-therese-casgrain-470-246and benefiting of the Virtual Nurse services, called TAVIE Women.  This project has been recently awarded the Health Equality Award (Prix Egalité Thérèse Casgrain).

Another great initiative – Teo the Duckling – addressing eHealth for All is that of nurse Norma Grau from Barcelona, Spain that created a educational story and got it animated for young children living with diabetes at school. Video here. 

The presentation concluded with the official launch the of UniversalNurses mobile app. As nurses work in diverse contexts all over the world, this app was created in order to facilitate multilingual communication between nurses and their patients. It is in 8 languages and is powered by UniversalDoctor and Tools SL, recently awarded at UN World Summit Award for Mobile Health App in Dubai.

More information on these projects on the WeObservatory’s website. 

UniversalDoctor at Mobile World Congress

Our parnter,  UniversalDoctor, has just returned from the Mobile World Congress 2016 Barcelona where Dr.Jordi Serrano Pons presented the most recent mobile applications by UniversalDoctor : they inlude RefugeeSpeaker, UniversalNurse Speaker Web App, UniversalWomen Speaker Web App.

“Delegates from 20 countries, including USA, China, Canada, Bolivia and main countries of Europe discussed the challenges of mHealth implementation such as the regulatory framework of mHealth apps, the management of health and social care data or the latest innovative solutions in the field”. More about the event here .

Here are some photos from the event. For more information and links search look up @UniversalDoctor on Twitter or search

Global Forum 2015

Digitalization: from disruption to sustainability” was this year’s topic at Global Forum, an event taking place every year and serving as a think-tank on Digital Development that regroups governments, private and public organizations, research and development experts. It took place in Oulu, Finland this year.

The WeObservatory was invited to organize a round table on Digital Communities with a specific focus on women and their role as a global digital community in defining and addressing their own needs.  Digitalization as defined at the Global Forum is a process that brings us to a fast, secure and affordable cyberspace. As women have a lot to gain from this process, we consider it important to discuss and point out relevant questions on the topicIMG_9517.

3 presentations were made at the Digital Communities Session (Session 10), the speakers were :  Anne Petitgirard, doctor and expert in global health development programs; Effat El Shooky, Founder Women Business Development Centerin Cairo; Indrajid Banerjee, Director of UNESCO’s Information Society Division.

Contrary to all the previous Global Forum presentations, this session was not concentrated on technical issues and pure technological development. “Technology is not a driver , but a tool” – said Indrajid Banerjee, who was backed up by the other 2 speakers. The accent was made on the importance of making knowledge and pertinent information accessible by giving specific examples of projects and initiatives related to health, business and education.

More specifically, Anne Petitgirard talked about Women’s health and access to healthcare using the example of Zero Mothers Die, ESTHER,  French Red Cross initiatives. Effat El Shooky about Social Entrepreneurship in Egypt, RISE Egypt, Yomken.com, innoventures and others. Detailed information and power points can be provided upon request to weobservatory@gmail.com .

4 Video recordings of the round table are available here (See Session 10)

Many other interesting sessions happened at the Global Forum,  “Smart cities and communities”, “Digital Strategy visions” and “Cyber and security” were fun to listen to.  Detailed program here.

UN General Assembly and other New York events

This past September was a busy and eventful time for many members of the Millennia2025Foundation and it’s partners. Let’s start with the Highlight of the month : the week in New York.

at the First Ladies Forum on Education
at the First Ladies Forum on Education
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Inside the 17 Sustainable Development Goals booth. Doyna Zharavina , Véronique Thouvenot and Kristie Holmes

September is the month when the regular United Nations General Assembly session takes place. This year, at the 70th session, a new Sustainable Development Agenda wes adopted. The actions taken in 2015 are expected to result in 17 new sustainable development goals that build on the  8 Millennium Development Goals . More info directly on the UN website.

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Experiencing the Virtual Reality Films

An interactive booth was set up to illustrate the Sustainable Development Agenda. We were especially impressed by the short Virtual Reality films :  “Waves of Grace” about an Ebola survivor in Liberia and “Clouds Over Sidra” that follows a day in the life of a 12-year-old Syrian girl living in a refugee camp in Syria’s neighbor Jordan. Read more about the role of the documentaries here.

The session we attended included Leaving no one with disability behind, Children’s Voices for the #GlobalGoalsFullSizeRender  First Ladies Forum on Education , Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger, Prioritizing Education and Sustainable Peace and Fashion For Development.
We were also able to hold meetings together with our colleagues from the Zero Mothers Die project

part of the Zero Mothers Die team
part of the Zero Mothers Die team

,Universal Doctor, and our new partner project TeleNurse (see previous post). For more information and links and live comments check out our twitter accounts @DrKristie and  @do_yna.
From this intense week, we come back with new contacts, ideas and connections that include the huge potential of digital and virtual tools for development. This is illustrated in the Digital Communities session at the Global Forum in Oulu, Finland, organized by the WeObservatory on 28 September 2015 (upcoming news).