Mongolian Happy Baby-Happy Mom app

A project aiming to improve maternal health – and especially reduce maternal obesity – is being conducted by the Mongolian Midwives Association together with the Japanese Midwives Association. In support of this project a mobile application was developed by UniversalDoctor  with the financial support of Midwives for Life Award/Connecting Midwives and Millennia2025 Foundation WeObservatory.
The application was recently tested by the midwives of the Second Maternity Hospital of Ulaanbaatar” (SMHU), Mongolia. Their feedback is encouraging:
“It is easy to use and understand as a Mongolian.”
“It is wonderful to have it in the Mongolian language.”
“It is great to be able to work out my BMI”

ZMD at the Diplomatic Council Gala Dinner

We are back from the Diplomatic Council yearly Gala Dinner in Frankfurt excited, happy and carrying a nomination for the World Summit on the Information Society Prize for the Zero Mothers Die application and project.

The afternoon before the Gala dinner was dedicated to the DC Executive Club meeting during which global leaders of the Diplomatic Council made interesting lectures and presentations, to exchanged experience, gave new impulses to advance the Diplomatic Council. And, of course, recognised and nominated 5 projects for the World Summit on the Information Society Prize 2017.

The Gala was then ceremoniously opened by Secretary General Hang Nguyen and the founding President Buddhi Athauda followed by a speech of the new DC President H.E. Ambassador Dato‘ Zulkifli Adnan.

Thank you, DC, it was a great evening !

Twin2twin midwives touring with the end-of-the project exhibition

Portraits of dutch midwives, portraits of moroccan midwives, posters and reports of their mutual projects are the focus of the Dutch-Moroccan exhibition dedicated to the completion of a twinning midwifery project based on an innovative and sustainable twin2twin method for empowering midwives and conducted by Franka Cadée, t2t programme developer and researcher for the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV). More about this project on the WeObservatory’s website.

The opening of the traveling exhibition took place in Den Haag, Netherlands this past screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-22-55-54November. The WeObservatory was honoured to have been invited to the opening of the exhibition as the partner who is currently developing the mobile application for the twin2twin method. We were able to talk more with the midwives, or twins as they are call themselves, and hear more about the diverse experiences and projects carried in the last couple of years. Certificates screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-22-40-26were given out, speeches and words of gratitude were addressed to the curators and supporters of the program. And, of course, the work was represented by splendid pictures and posters.

Other destinations include Rabat (took place in December 2016) and Toronto during the International Council of Midwives Congress in June.

We sat down to talk with some midwives – interview to be published shortly – and we brought back some pictures of the event to share:

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

Midwives Reducing Obesity in Mongolia, a new mobile application is now available!

mongolia1With the partnership of Connecting Midwives, the Japanese Midwives Association, the Mongolian Midwives Feldsher’s Association (MMFA), and UniversalDoctor Universal Projects and Tools S.L., the new mobile application for midwives in Mongolia is published. This app helps women avoid being over-weight during pregnancy — thereby helping them to avoid putting themselves or their babies at risk of various health issues, including:

  • Dangers to women: Dystocia, Gestational Hypertension, Gestational Diabetes, Hypertonic Labor.
  • Dangers to babies: Low Birth Weight, Risk of Premature Birth, Fetal Macrosomia, Risk of shoulder Dystocia, Fetal Stress Due to Prolonged Labor, Risk of C-section, Risk of hypoglycemia, Risk of coma and brain damage, Risk of respiratory problems.

The app includes tips on how to avoid becoming over-weight through ★Good Diet / ★More Exercise / ★More Sleep, as well as an interactive BMI Checker!

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To download it on your android mobile go here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.universaltools.happybaby

More information on this program here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/midwives-reducing-obesity-in-mongolia.html.

On health and insurances tomorrow with Cécile Wendling

We are pleased to share with our readers yet another short but interesting interview conducted at the latest Global Forum with Dr. Cécile Wendling:

Please introduce yourself and tell us about your participation at Global Forum.

I’m the head of foresight at AXA and I’m also a researcher, an associate researcher at the center of sociology of organizations in Paris (Centre de sociologie des organisations (CNRS-SCIENCES PO PARIS) in sociology of risks and catastrophes). Today we are at the Global Forum and I will speak at the Digital Communities Session about the future of health, I will explain what are the new trends and I will talk about the health of tomorrow. For AXA it is very important to consider the role of Digital Communities. We think that there are a lot of people that are not covered by insurance today: most of the time they are too “rich” to have a public coverage and too “poor” to have a private coverage. But we think that these people could access insurance with digital tools.

How do you see the Health Sector develop in the next decades ?

The Health is going to be really revolutionized by Big Data first of all. There is a lot of Data Sets that we could not exploit before and that we will manage to use. This data is more and more “cross-sectorial”, so you can cross data of mobility with data of health etc.
Second, there will be new actors entering the game because there is a question of prevention and how well-being can enhance health. It is very important to know today which are the prevention tools that are working and those that are not working; one of the big issue is how do we measure the impact of prevention.
Third, the new tools can empower patients so that they can have more information about their disease and be a more active actor in their treatment . This is of course going to change the relationship between the patient and all the people around him.
Fourth, there will be a new way for people to share their problems and be insured globally. We see more and more start-ups who bring together people who share a disease but also share coverage. This is an ecosystem that is moving quite fast.

Could you please repeat the example of women selling mangoes that you gave us during the conference preparation meeting ?

Yes, it was about the fact that there are a lot of people that are not covered by the insurance. There is this example in Vietnam of women selling mangoes and water in front of bus stations and Bel – the group Bel – wanted them to sell their product La Vache qui rit® and the women refused at first. They were asked if there’s anything that’ll make them change their decision; the women set obtaining a coverage for accidents as a condition. Most of the time they arrive in the morning on a bicycle and if they have an accident it is the entire family who is at an income loss. Bel then promised to turn to an insurance company for a micro-insurance.

The example is very interesting because there is no contact between the insurance company and the women but it’s Bel who is embedding the insurance coverage into the program. This is also existing in Mexico with Oriflame. It is not only one story, there are many cases today. And we really think at AXA that this is the future of insurance, that we can embed the insurance for those people who have difficulty to access it.
Another example that I can give is parametric insurance in Africa that we are working on. It is very difficult to cover farmers of agriculturists if there is a drought for example and nobody insures them. There’s today satellite data that measures the level of humidity in the soil and as soon as the soil is under certain threshold of humidity an insurance system/ payment is triggered. Because of the satellite data and mobile payment we can reach people and afford to insure people we couldn’t before.

The future will certainly lie in the new tools for the better good of people.

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.”

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