F. Gaudry-Perkins: Mobile and Health, where do we stand ?

“This brings us to the one of the biggest challenges in mobile Health : its ability to scale up. There is tremendous amounts of small projects and pilots that are showing great evidence, but everyone needs to move to the next stage”

“Are we all connected ?” , a presentation made by Florence Gaudry-Prekins will give you a good idea on where  we stand in terms of mobile connectivity in general and its role in advacing healthcare worldwide. A particular focus is made on Diabetes and mHealth as the presentation was made during the 2014 Diabetes Education Study Group Annual Symposium. And an important further reading suggestion is brought up: The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care by Eric Topol

Florence Gaudry-Perkins is currently International Director for Global Sector at the headquarters of Alcatel-Lucent. Her current position entails relations with governments, multilateral and bilateral funds, as well as international organizations, an ideal platform to address the economic and social enabling effects of mobile technology and broadband in the developing world.

Her past work in higher education and familiarity with global health has influenced her in being a strong advocate of mHealth and mLearning for health in particular. She believes that global corporations now hold a responsibility in bringing their core technologies, products, services and competencies to form alliances with NGOs, Social Entrepreneurs, Foundations, Governments and international organizations to help develop sustainable business models which can then be easier to scale and replicate across regions and markets.

The video provided further down contains the entire presentation. However,  here are some important citations :

“Mobile -cellular penetration rates are 128% in the developed world and 89% in the developing countries. Its quite astounding, we’ve never in the history of mankind have had a communication technology as pervasive and ubiquitous as this one. It opens up immense possibilities in terms of reaching out and it has great significance in the field of health and education.

More and more people are connecting via mobile phones as opposed to computers. The idea of having an intelligent computer in your pocket is no longer a futuristic vision and we need to get ready for that. It is taking the health world longer to realize this is happening and I think we need to accelerate the movement because this cannot happen without the health world coming on board and seeing the opportunities.

The following important aspects were brought up:

– Smartphones usage is growing worldwide, even in developing countries.

– mHealth projects are conducted worldwide. Some data from the 2013 survey done by GSMA, the association of mobile opereators based in the UK : in Europe about 117 , in Africa 363 projects. We see tremendous innovation coming out of developping countries and it is something to keep in mind.

– The scene on mobile applications is different. As you can see : 3000 to 4000 applications coming of North America, in Europe a little bit less and in Africa only 21. The question is , are they reaching people ? Only the top 5% of the Apps have reached more than 500 000 persons. ”

 

 

 

“Save our mothers” updates from Nigeria

“Save our mothers” is one of the first projects selected by the WeObservatory. Nurse Ibe Chinomso and her Traffina Foundation have since gone a long way from conducting basic educational campaigns to launching now the “Clean Birth Kits” initiative. With the support from the WeObservatory and other partners the  Traffina Foundation is able to provide free delivery kits containing sterile instruments that women require at childbirth.

The Traffina Foundation is also actively working now with the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Programme and CALL TO ACTIONlaunching a “Call to Action ” to improve maternal health situation in Nigeria.

Ibe Chinomso was recently invited to talk about  Traffina Foundation’s activities and present the Clean Birth Kits at the National Newborn Health Conference in Abuja, Nigeria that took place this past October.  conf 2

 

 

 

Check out the upcoming events

If you happen to be near Geneva or Paris at the end of November, the WeObservatory will be presenting its projects at the following two events :

1. Global Forum in Geneva, an independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The WeO will be present at the Women in Leadership Sessions on November 18th. See the program here.

2. The Annual Colloquium of the SFTAG (Société Française des Technologies pour l’Autonomie et Gérontechnologie) in Paris. The WeO will be presenting on November 25th. See the program here.

If you don’t have an opportunity to attend these, watch out for a resumé of these events on our blog.

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.

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