Field Trip!

It so happens that a couple of the Care Challenge selected projects are conducted by nurses in Barcelona, Spain.  So the WeObservatory team picked Barcelona as the first target for a field trip.

Firstly, we were kindly invited by the nurses of the Programa 5′ project of the pediatric hospital Sant Juan de Deu to meet with the nursing team, discuss their projects and visit the hospital. To remind you , the Programa 5′ is a continuing education initiative through the implementation of short (5 minutes) interactive and online teaching actions for nurses.  IMG_2498The first planned step in our collaboration is to update and expand the Technical Manual for Nursing Videos in order to make the methodology transferable and help other nurses in other hospitals reproduce the project. Pictures of the hospital are posted in our Photo Gallery, check them out!

Secondly, we met with the wonderful nurse Norma Grau , author of the Teo the Duckling story for Diabetic children, and illustrator Cristina Serrat. IMG_2547As we communicated in a previous post, we met to discuss the possibilities of making an animated version of the story as well as a version customized for girls, Thea the Ducklinette. We are happy to say that he consensus has been reached and we now have connected Norma Grau and Cristina Serrat with the creative team of the ONIDEA studio, who will be producing the animated version of Teo the Duckling. IMG_2318Here , on the photo on the right, you can see the ONIDEA team holding the Zero Mothers Die pink phone.

Finally, we met with Lisa Darsch MSN RN, founder of CEO Collaborative Forum, that has kindly offered her expretise and advice on our projects,  Zero Mothers Die in particular. For those who don’t know :   our own  Véronique Thouvenot, the WeObservatory director, is also the co-founder of the ZMD project, hence the occasional overlapping on the subject in our posts.

Stay tuned for more news and pictures !

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!

Diplomatic Council signs with Millennia2025 Foundation

We are delighted to announce that last week in New York the Diplomatic Council officialized its support of the Millennia2025 Foundation projects: the WeObservatory and the Zero Mothers Die projects in particular. The Diplomatic Council is a United Nations registered global Think Tank with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. Read more about the Diplomatic Council on the official website.

New York calling! This week’s exciting events.

Hi from NY , everyone ! The WeObservatory and the Zero Mothers Die teams are very excited to be in New York this week to attend some very interesting events. To be honest, it has been IMG_1392overwhelming so far. Especially with Zero Mothers Die receiving appreciation and recognition from First Ladies and Cherie Blair in particular. Follow @macyalligood , @DrKristie, @Vthouvenot , @ZeroMothersDie and @do_yna to get the latest updates.

We’ll provide you now with the list of attended events, but we’ll give you a more detailed report in the days to come !

Here they are:

1. Social Good Summit 2014 , the two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. IMG_1403We invite you to visit the official web page to watch videos of the conference. Check twitter for #2030NOW

2. Women Leaders Forum , official side events of the
United Nations General Assembly in New York City, in collaboration with key partners such as UNAIDS, PMNCH, ITU, Global Partnerships Forum & WITNET. IMG_1413Each year, the Women Leaders Forum brings together women leaders,
First Ladies, and leaders from the development, technology, government and private sectors. Check twitter for #WLF2014 ,  #UNGA2014 and #ZeroMothersDie

 

3. Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon . F4D is a global awareness platform that goes beyond fashion and seeks to unite diplomacy, media, business and the creative industries to enact sustainable change.

4. GSMA mHealth Conference  “Empowering Health Workers”

5. Transformative Innovation for Health , taking place tonight at Le Parker Meridien at 17h

And more to come !

The Women Observatory for eHealth