Category Archives: mHealth

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.

 

New Mobile Application for vaccination in Australia is published! Vaccination Consent Form App

The aim of this application is to address an ongoing issue in the practical and valid consent aspect of vaccine-appimmunisation and to provide an easily accessible and practical solution for both the patient and the provider of the vaccination. Currently there is a myriad of influenza and other consent forms available for use in influenza, childhood and school based vaccination programs. This application provides access to the correct and up to date consent forms for each Australian state in order to simplify the valid consent process for immunisation providers and the general public. All consent forms can be opened, downloaded and shared as PDFs.

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In addition further information such as immunisation schedules, pre-vaccination checklists and post vaccination advice are made available. All documents are available in English for downloading and once opened will appear under the Saved Forms tab for easy access.

To download the app:

Apple phones

Android Phones 

More information here : http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/vaccination-consent-form-app.html

This application was made possible with the technical and financial support from:

– The Women Observatory for eHealth (WeObservatory) of the Foundation Millennia2025 “Women and Innovation”

– Connecting Nurses

– UniversalDoctor Project

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.”

Refugee Speaker by UniversalDoctor

Our partner UniversalDoctor has lunched a new application Refugee Speaker :

“In 2015 alone, over half a million refugees have already entered Europe to escape war, persecution and oppression. This has created a critical need to provide services for refugees – and we want to help.

How? By offering UniversalDoctor Speaker, our multilingual medical translation apps, for refugees and their Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.03.44 AMhealthcare personnel through our new campaign: www.refugeespeaker.org.

Our aim is to help refugees and healthcare personnel communicate across language barriers and enable refugees to receive care in their native language.”

Zero Mothers Die at Diplomatic Council Gala

“The Diplomatic Council invited Zero Mothers Die to their annual All Nations New Year’s Gala 2015 at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt as one of the 150 guests from diplomacy, economy and society. Our co-founder, Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, attended on behalf of the Zero Mothers Die initiative, which was highlighted at the Gala as a key social and humanitarian project supported by the Diplomatic Council” more on the ZMD website:

Zero Mothers Die at Diplomatic Council Gala

Review of the GCRI mHealth event: Healthcare Delivery to Developing Countries Using Mobile Technology

Experts from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Physicians Interactive, and the German Institute for Telemedicine and Health Promotion convened to discuss the role of mobile health technology in solving the global healthcare crisis. In particular, the evening focused on how society can best deploy mobile and eHealth technologies to empower communities and to help save lives.
…one billion people die prematurely every year because they do not have access to a healthcare worker. Health eVillages strives to change this stark reality by bringing medical care to communities lacking a proper healthcare infrastructure. A key component of the project is the use of mobile devices with interactive medical content. In this sense, Health eVillages functions as an information, education, and communication platform. It connects healthcare workers to an extensive network of experts and enables even those with limited medical training to bring care to people in remote parts of the world, often providing these individuals access to healthcare for the first time.