Category Archives: Nurses

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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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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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!

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 : 

The Influenza Diabetes Community Flu Season campaign: education for the Global Nursing Community

The Influenza Diabetes Community is offering exclusive Healthcare Professional education to the Global Nursing Community. To help nurses better protect patients with diabetes from influenza and its related complications 6 new micro videos were created on how to talk to patients:

1. Understanding the Yearly Influenza Vaccine
By Professor Ab Osterhaus – European Scientific Working Group on Infuenza (ESWI) Chair
2. Your Role as a Healthcare Professional
By Phyllis Zimmer, MN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN Founder and Chairman, NPHF – Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
3. Influenza Vaccination for Patients with Diabetes
By Dr Xavier Cos, Xavier Cos, MD, Chairman, PCDE – Primary Care Diabetes Europe
4. A Conversation with Your Patient
By Felicity Kelliher, RN, Clinical Consultant
5. Protecting Ourselves as Health Care Workers –
By Anne Felton, MD, President of FEND (Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes)
6. I am vaccinated
By all speakers.
These videos are available on the Community’s website that you can access after you create an account using just your email address.
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Plus sur TAVIE-Femme

Le project infirmier TAVIE-Femme est lauréat du Prix Égalité Thérèse Casgrain 2016 dans la catégorie « Santé », ce qu’on a déjà brièvement mentionné dans la news précédente (en Anglais) et sur notre site web.  Voici, par ailleurs, un extrait du texte de soumission du projet qui illustre bien son objectif :

“La profession infirmière tire ses origines dans le prendre soin et l’accompagnement aux malades, aux démunis et aux personnes stigmatisées. Encore aujourd’hui sa raison d’être demeure la santé et le mieux-être des personnes et de leur famille. Ainsi, les infirmières et les infirmiers s’activent au quotidien à offrir des soins et des services de qualité aux communautés et dans les établissements de santé. Dans une ère d’avancées technologiques permettant d’offrir un soin en temps réel, la Chaire de recherche sur les nouvelles pratiques de soins infirmiers de l’Université de Montréal a développé un concept d’interventions infirmières virtuelles et une plateforme informatique appelés TAVIETM pour Traitement, Assistance Virtuelle Infirmière et Enseignement. Un soutien personnalisé est proposé aux personnes vivant avec une maladie chronique dans la prise en charge de leur condition de santé en ciblant leur capacité d’agir. Concrètement, ces interventions Web sont constituées de séances interactives à l’ordinateur ou sur tablette numérique et animées par une infirmière virtuelle qui engage la personne dans un processus d’apprentissage d’habiletés d’autogestion. Les interventions Web permettent de soutenir les personnes vivant avec une maladie chronique en leur offrant en tout temps un accès à de l’éducation personnalisée et à de l’information fiable et de qualité. Trop souvent, les informations sur la maladie et sur son traitement ne sont pas bien comprises par les patientes et les patients, fragilisant ainsi la prise en charge de la maladie et sa gestion. De plus, l’accès à l’information permet aux proches de mieux comprendre les aléas de la maladie et de démystifier les craintes entourant la maladie elle-même et ses conséquences et/ou ses risques.

VIH-TAVIE est une intervention infirmière virtuelle qui vise à soutenir les personnes vivant avec le VIH dans la prise des traitements antirétroviraux. Sachant que les femmes vivant avec le VIH doivent composer avec des défis spécifiques à leur genre et à leur condition de santé, notamment la planification et le suivi de grossesse, la Chaire de recherche sur les nouvelles pratiques de soins infirmiers de l’Université de Montréal a développé un TAVIE-Femme pour répondre à leurs besoins. L’objectif est de cibler la réalité unique de ces femmes pour optimiser leur santé mais aussi pour prévenir les risques de transmission du VIH au bébé”.


e-Prevencion presented at the Hospital Edgardo Rebagliat

IMG_1901Nurse Lady Murrugarra presented her project ePrevencion on 26 May 2016 at the Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati in Lima, Peru. The focus was on TeleHealth and Teleconsultation for Cardiovascular Health.
For those interested in her presentation, here’s the power point:
The country faces a chronic deficit of more than 8.000 medical doctors with 1.200 doctors leaving annually to work in foreign countries, EU, Chile, Brazil. TeleHealth is seen as a promising service to reach the patients in rural areas.
The presentation and exhibition stand attracted lots of visitors.
ePrevencion is a selected project of the WeObservatory and Lady Murrugarra is the coordinator of the Telehealth Research Group at the University Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima.

Nurses, share on Care Challenge!

Nurses, any ideas on how to help out your patients ? Share on Care Challenge !

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The Connecting Nurses Care Challenge lets nurses from around the world  share ideas that improve the patient experience, empowering patients to take control of their treatment.

Have you or your team got an idea or initiative that helps to empower patients? It could be implementing peer to peer support in your local area or getting care givers and family members involved in patient education. If you’re empowering your patients to take control we want to hear about it.

Head to now to find out more and post your project.

All projects submitted by April 12 are eligible for award at International Nurses Day. Entries after April 12 will be considered up to November 2016.

Kosovo: diabetes patients receive the foot care guide

Diabetic Foot Care by nurse Vjollca Kola is a project the WeObservatory has been overseeing last year (read previous post). We have been able to help the nurse put together unnamedand print a Guide for Patients in the local (Albanian) language. The guides have been recently delivered and Vjollca is finally able to give them out at her practice (picture to the right).  It is commonly known  among diabetes specialists that poor basic awareness and self-care of feet in patients with diabetes – especially in developing countries – is the first cause of complications and amputations. Thus, providing basic guidelines on paper and online is absolutely necessary.  Speaking of raising

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Screen shot of practice’s FB page

awareness online, nurse Vjollca has also created a Facebook page for her practice keeping the community posted on events and communicating general information on diabetic foot care. Notice the Guide has been exhibited there too.

Free Webinar for Nurses

Our partner, TeleNurse, is organizing this coming Thursday November 12th 7:30 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) a free webinar entitled A First Look at Virtual Nursing Practices” discussing the multi-state licensing compact rules and regulations with a key presenter Mr. Elliot Vice | Director, Government Affairs National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Click to register here.

Rentrés du Congrès mondial du SIDIIEF !

Le Congrès mondial des infirmières et infirmiers francophones organisé par le SIDIIEF a eu lieu à Montreal du 31 Mai au 5 Juin. Avec une programmation riche et tournée vers les grands enjeux des maladies chroniques, le congrès a accueilli plus de 1 500 participants provenant d’une trentaine de pays de la Francophonie. Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, directrice du WeObservatory à la Fondation Millennia2025, et les infirmières responsables des projets sélectionnés au Québec ont été invitées pour des présentations: Marie-Josée Poirier du projet “Guide Clinique pour l’élaboration de plans thérapeutiques infirmiers en santé mentale” adapté pour le Congo RD ; José Côté du projet TAVIE, Lorraine B.-La France et Claire Babin du projet “Guide méthodologique pour implanter la pratique Skype auprès d’une clientèle âgée” . Ce guide a été lancé officiellement pendant le Congrès, et sur le stand Connecting Nurses – WeObservatory. Les voici toutes avec la présidente du SIDIIEF Gyslaine Desrosiers (milieu) et la Secrétaire générale Hélène Salette (gauche) : Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 1.15.09 AMDr. Véronique Thouvenot a présenté les projets innovants et l’application mobile UniversalNurses Speaker à la conférence plénière du 3 Juin « Télésanté et expertise infirmière face aux défis de santé publique du 21e siècle : Études et cas pratiques du WeObservatory ».Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.52.02 AM

Le stand animé par Anne Gourdon a accueilli Felicity Kelliher de l’AFDET, Hélène Salette, secrétaire générale du SIDIIEF – et membres du comité d’organisation de Connecting Nurses – nos partenaires à Montréal, la société 360Medlink, et de nombreux participants qui ont découvert Care Challenge.

Les activités ont continué après la fin du Congrès par la visite de l’hôpital Sainte Anne de Bellevue avec Claire Babin et Lorraine La France. Une belle opportunité de découvrir les lieux du projet, les équipes et les résidents.

Le Congrès a permis de nombreuses rencontres et de mieux faire connaître Connecting Nurses, Care Challenge et le WeObservatory. On attend maintenant avec impatience le prochain Congrès SIDIIEF à Bordeaux, France, en 2018.

Les photos officielles du congrès sur le compte flickr du SIDIIEF.

World congress for francophone nurses : our experience

The 6th International Congress organized by SIDIIEF – francophone association of nurses – took place from May 31st till June 5th of this year in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory, as well as the project leaders of the selected Canadian projects were invited to speak: Marie-Josée Poirier of Mental Health Nursing Guides for DR Congo, José Côté of TAVIE Adherence to Treatement , Lorraine B.-La France and Claire Babin of the Skype project (Reducing social isolation for long term care residence). Skype guideThe guide that resulted out of this project was actually for the first time presented to the public at the Congress (photo on the right ) in French and English.

Dr. Véronique Thouvenot was invited as Keynote speaker of the session onScreen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.52.02 AM “Telehealth and nursing expertise: facing the public health issues of the 21st century”  (detailed program in FR) attended by more than 400 participants on June 3d. During which she presented the studies and projects of the WeObservaroty and the action plans of the Millennia2025Foundation ). The highlights of the presentation were, of course, the Canadian projects mentioned above as well as the ZMD project, Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.56.19 AMUniversalNurses Speaker and the Cloud Babies tele-stethoscope.

The projects were otherwise displayed on the Connecting Nurses booth , where we were happy to welcome Felicity Kelliher of AFDET and Hélène Salette of SIDIIEF both members of Connecting Nurses Steering Committee, and our partners 360Medlink. The booth was as always wonderfully animated by nurse Anne Gourdon (photo right) photo(5)

The activities didn’t stop with the end of the Congress. Afterwards we were invited by the nurses of the Skype project to take a tour at the St Anne de Bellevue Hospital, meet with the teams, and learn more about how the project has been carried out. The congress was excellent, dynamic and highly instructive. We look forward to the next SIDIIEF congress in Bordeaux ,France in 2018!

eHealth Projects for Patients Empowerment

The WeObservatory is happy to announce the launch Patients Commons for eHealth WePatients –  a WeObservatory and Connecting Nurses initiative to support patient empowerment in self-management of chronic conditions, pregnancy, disaster preparedness and ageing. The objective is to raise awareness of behavioral change models and tools that can be applied to improve patient adherence and patients’ health outcomes. WePatients provides information on eHealth projects focused on patient empowerment along the stages of life, as well as resources, publications and patients’ stories in three languages: English, French and Spanish.

Click here to see the list of these projects.

Diabetes explained to children by TEO the Duckling

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. Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 6.01.02 PM“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 byScreen Shot 2014-08-29 at 11.37.24 AM 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.