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

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https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/index

http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/midwives.html

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.

http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh_article_2019.pdf

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:

Efelya: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/efelya.html
The Impilo Initiative: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/the-impilo-initiative.html
mSanté pour Goma: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/msante-goma.html

Happy International Midwives’ Day!

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From Mexico, Morrocco,Netherlands, Switzerland, Mongolia, Japan and Australia, Midwives innovate with new technologies! eLearning programme at CASA in Mexico provides ICT skills to students in midwifery, a website and video helps migrant mothers to register to pre-natal courses in + 47 languages in Lausanne with Pan Milar. Mobile apps support twinning programs in Netherlands, Morroco, Japan and Mongolia and connect midwives to pregnant mothers. The daily work of midwives in Bangladesh and Moldova is wonderfully illustrated by the photos of Miriam, midwife in Australia.

Visit their projects in pink circles here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/, and here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/midwives
Interviews and photos here:

Visit to midwives in Ulanbataar, 18 April 2018.

Midwives Reducing Obesity in Mongolia is one of the actively ongoing projects at WeObservatory, implementing the Happy Baby, Happy Mom App is one of the main tasks at the moment. Just a couple of days ago, Mrs Amelie Moritz, Programs Manager and Communications at the Sanofi Espoir Foundation – the foundation that provided the funds to developing the App by Universal Doctor –  visited the midwives of the Mongolian Midwives Association (MMA) that are using the Happy Baby, Happy Mom mobile application for pregnant women to get some more feedback and discuss details for future improvements.  The mobile App is planned to be published in english in the coming weeks. 

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ICM Twinning Project, Workshop & Seminar: Prevention of Obesity During Pregnancy

Aug.18, 2017, Ulan Batar, Mongolia

The main purpose of the Workshop held 16 – 18 August at the Intermed Hospital, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, , was to explain the “Happy Baby, Health Mom” App and to train midwives how to use it. Almost 15 members of Japanese Midwives Association with some of the Board attended the Workshop, together with members of Mongolian Midwives Association, including a member of the Executive Committee. This is the second Workshop after the workshop held in 2016 that used the paper leaflet. The Workshop this year gave training for the use of the App, with Dr Badarch Jargalsaikhan MD,PhD as the main speaker. All members participated and enjoyed a fruitful seminar.

The App is also presented in a nomad village to the local women, and gained a lot of interest.

“This App Happy Baby, Happy Mom is especially useful for Nomad people in Mongolia as travel in winter is severely restricted.”

Happy Baby, Happy Mom App is available for Android and Apple phones: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/midwives-reducing-obesity-in-mongolia.html

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On the picture above: The Executive members and participants receiving Nohno Chieko Award. Nohno Chieko assisted in the establishment of the Midwives Association (MMA) in Mongolia in December 2006 and JMA launched the “Nohno Chieko Award”. Six midwives in Mongolia received the Award in last three years.

The Japanese Group at the Workshop.
The Japanese Group at the Workshop.

All the ideas from the brainstorming group!
All the ideas from the brainstorming group!

Hatsumi Taniguchi, project leader to prevent obesity,  Asian Pacific Representative of ICM and professor of Midwifery at Kyushu  National University.
Hatsumi Taniguchi, project leader to prevent obesity, Asian Pacific Representative of ICM and professor of Midwifery at Kyushu National University.

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Left to right: Davaasuren Serdamba, President of MMA, Utako Yamamoto, President of JMA, Chieko Nohno, Kiyoko Okamoto, former President of JMA, Hatsumi Taniguchi, Badaamgarav Namkhai, Coordinator.

Field visit in nomad village at one-hour trip from Ulan Batar:

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Mrs Badam, MMA coordinator, explaining the App to a nomad couple.

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Mrs Utako, president of JMA, with the pink e-iphone, taking a picture of two nomad women using the App on their mobile.

 

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!

Midwife Franka Cadée on her project and the new App.

GLOBAL FORUM 2016, organized by ITEMS, an international firm in Information & Communication Technologies strategies, just took place this past September. The WeObservatory is traditionally moderating the Digital Communities Session and we have had the chance to sit down and talk to some of the session’s speakers.

Here’s the interview with midwife, reasearcher and developer Franka Cadée on her project:

“My name is Franka Cadée, I am a Dutch midwife although not practicing any longer. I’m here at the Global Forum today to speak at the Digital Communities session about my twin2twin project.

I have developed a method where midwives can work together across cultures which is different from development aid. It’s a system whereby you learn from each other. I think we’ve learned through the ages that there are certain sides to development aid that simply do not work because it’s dominating from one culture to the other. So this is an answer to that.

What we are doing is working between midwives and at the beginning of the project try to see what the other culture has to offer: it’s like a barter system. We discuss with one another what we want from each other and then start a partnership. And the partnership is based on reciprocity, which means that you give and you learn how to receive and you learn how to give back, it has to be an equal exchange. So it has lots of challenges, but through those challenges you find that midwives really get to know each other. I also believe that by giving you actually gain power, you don’t gain power by only receiving – what I think is often wrong with development aid.

We do find that it is especially the “giving” aspect of the project that really makes the midwives feel strong; and strong midwives means that they work well and they take care of strong women that give birth.

We’ve developed a whole method that takes 4 years (although you can adapt it) with a series of workshops, people with similar interests are twinned with each other. We match people slightly on age, but mainly on interest so we have teacher midwives with teacher midwives, students with students, researchers with researchers. They work with each other and develop a small project together. What we’ve been fighting hard is the communication: language-wise it’s hard, cross-cultures it’s hard, but also Skype often doesn’t work or phoning is expensive, we’ve been using WhatsApp a lot, but that is also hard sometimes.

Getting the methodology across, how we work and when we meet has been hard to figure out.

So having a Mobile App for this is really fantastic.

It really helps the twins to understand what is the project, what is it about, what and when they can expect and we are hoping that they’ll be able to communicate through the App at some point.

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Fo how long was the App idea around ?

It’s been around for about a year and a half, before that we did a book – that is outdated by now since we re-developed the methods. And in the last few months with the help of the WeObservatory it’s come to life. And it’s really amazing to see and I do believe that in certain countries midwives that don’t have good Internet access all the time can download the App when they do have access and have it on their phone.

Somehow it’s really inspiring to see it this way, it’s quite different having it for yourself than just only hearing about the methodology. Anyone who wants to do a twinning project can basically download the method.

You mentioned you are doing a PhD. Can you please talk about the research you’ve been doing ?

I’ve been researching twinning in general (every single article on twinning is in the App). People have twinned for ages since the Second World War. But what you find in Healthcare is very unclear. People don’t know what it is and what it stands for. I’ve done a concept analysis of the word twinning and it’s about to be published in a Journal called Globalization and Health. Basically we’ve come up with a new definition of what twining in Healthcare is and what are the basic ingredients of twinning in Healthcare. I’m also doing a study with all midwives who’ve done twinning, it’s about 50 people. I’m asking them what are the critical success factors in twinning. And I’m doing some work on network analysis and results of their projects . I hope that in the future we’ll be able to really compare the projects by their outcomes.”