Our survey on health related ICT access in Latin America

ePrevention in Latin America and the Caribbean by nurse Lady Murrugarra is a project currently selected by the WeObservatory. Under the responsability of Lady Murrugarra – as part of the planned activities within the WeObservatory partnership agreement – a survey was conducted on usability of  communication technologies among healthcare personnel. The survey sought to collect data among the healthcare personnel in the Andean region – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela-to assess the role ICTs currently play in the provision of health information for prevention , rapid response and emergency care in case of disaster.

To resume the conclusions, mobile cellular telephony provides the best platform for implementing ePrevention strategies among healthcare workers in the Andean region who express willingness and interest in using ICTs to seek health information and build their capacity to address key health issues affecting their countries.

Read the full report here (pdf).

 

 

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.

More about the virtual nurse, optimizing treatment adherence.

VIH-TAVIE™ – computer sessions – was created in order to enable people living with HIV to incorporate the therapeutic regimen into their daily routine, to cope with the side effects of medication, to handle situations or circumstances that might interfere with medication intake, to interact with health professionals, and to mobilize social support. The VIH-TAVIE™ intervention consists of four computer sessions each 20-30 minutes long, in which the user interacts with an animated “virtual” nurse (in French or English). The nurse guides the individual through a process of learning about the aptitudes required to optimize treatment adherence.

In 2012 VIH-TAVIE participated in Care Challenge and was selected by Connecting Nurses for a promotional support. More details on the Care Challenge website.  A year later it was also selected by the WeObservatory for a partnership : thus a promotional collaboration is established and the WeObservatory is engaging in adapting the videos and interactive sessions for French-speaking communities, especially in Africa , to facilitate the monitoring of HIV patients undergoing HAART. More information on the WeO website.

The official website and the blog for the TAVIE projects: www.tavieadherence.com

Back to basics : internet access and electricity

To many of us this is not an issue, but it is important that we understand how important is basic access to electricity.

“In third world countries, the more people that have access to electricity, the greater demand will be for using the Internet and other related technologies. It is fruitless, they say, to discuss a digital divide where electricity does not exist”. Read the full article on electricity and internet in third world countries in pdf here.

The Women Observatory for eHealth