Category Archives: Technology and access

Pan Milar: préparation à la naissance dans votre langue

Les cours de l’association Pan Milar à Lausanne offrent aux femmes migrantes du canton de Vaud en Suisse, des temps de partage dans tous les domaines de la périnatalité. Les rencontres sont animées par une sage-femme et des interprètes communautaires dans plus de 30 langues qui prennent le temps d’être à l’écoute des couples et de répondre à leurs besoins.

Après un an de travail sous la coordination de Stéphanie Pfister Boulenaz et Willemien Hulsbergen, avec un tout nouveau site web et une courte vidéo explicative , l’association Pan Milar facilite l’accès à leurs services aux femmes migrantes de toutes langues et origines. Une présentation des activités aura lieu le 7 Octobre 2016, à Genève, lors de la 6ème conférence annuelle de Giving Women, sur le thème des Femmes Migrantes: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/2016. Ce projet a été réalisé avec l’appui financier de Connecting Midwives.

Voir plus d’informations ici: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/sage-femmes-et-femmes-migrantes.html.”

 

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.

Crowd translation network for Ebola outbreak

UniversalDoctor has launched a non-profit initiative for the Ebola outbreak: Translation4Outbreaks.

Translations 4 Outbreaks is a crowd-translation platform to translate Ebola information for patients and medical personnel into as many languages as possible. The platform harnesses the language skills of people from across the world (the ‘crowd’) by making it easy for them to help translate important healthcare and outbreak information into different languages.

The content of the Ebola messages on the platform comes from different public health authorities (CDC, MSF etc) who provide credible information on Ebola. All translations will be offered as free PDFs on the website for anyone to download and use.

Applications are accepted from people all over the world to help with this crowd-translation effort so if you would be interested in helping, spread the word !

www.translations4outbreaks.com

Read recent news article about Translations 4 Outbreaks here.

Give mothers a chance !

“Give mothers a chance !” – says Dr. Véronique Thouvenot while presenting the Zero Mothers Die project during the Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon in New York, where the picture above was taken. At her side, another co-founder of ZMD, Jordi Serrano Pons.

Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory and one of the co-founders of Zero Mothers Die, has recently spent an entire week attending numerous events in NY dedicated to global health challenges, mHealth and Women’s health (see previous post).

The highlight of the week was the official launch of  Zero Mothers Die by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, at the Women Leaders Forum inside the UN Headquarter during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22nd. 7605130The Mum’s Phone, a unique $30 mobile phone designed for pregnant women, was launched as a key element of ZMD to highlight the need for technology to empower pregnant women themselves to access information and seek healthcare when needed. For a detailed summary of the event, please visit the ZMD official website.

Accounts of this project were made by the Newsweek and UNAIDS.

Help fund Zero Mothers Die campaign on Indiegogo and help spread the word!