The main purpose of the Workshop held 16 – 18 August at the Intermed Hospital, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, , was to explain the “Happy Baby, Health Mom” App and to train midwives how to use it. Almost 15 members of Japanese Midwives Association with some of the Board attended the Workshop, together with members of Mongolian Midwives Association, including a member of the Executive Committee. This is the second Workshop after the workshop held in 2016 that used the paper leaflet. The Workshop this year gave training for the use of the App, with Dr Badarch Jargalsaikhan MD,PhD as the main speaker. All members participated and enjoyed a fruitful seminar.
The App is also presented in a nomad village to the local women, and gained a lot of interest.
“This App Happy Baby, Happy Mom is especially useful for Nomad people in Mongolia as travel in winter is severely restricted.”
On the picture above: The Executive members and participants receiving Nohno Chieko Award. Nohno Chieko assisted in the establishment of the Midwives Association (MMA) in Mongolia in December 2006 and JMA launched the “Nohno Chieko Award”. Six midwives in Mongolia received the Award in last three years.
Field visit in nomad village at one-hour trip from Ulan Batar:
The Foundation Millennia2025 recently launchedits new online course on the topic of digital applications for maternal and children’s health. The course, available in Spanish only, is comprised of 8 modules of 30 minutes each, including an evaluation exercise. Developed with the support of the WeObservatory, with its partners CASA and Connecting Midwives, the course is dedicated to the students of the school of midwifery CASA, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The initial version of this course –authored by Dr. Lilia Perez-Chavolla, Dr. Véronique Inès Thouvenot and Kate N. Frometa– was evaluated by CASA’s students and teachers in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, during a field trip in January 2015, and revised based on their feedback (photos of the field trip in our Photo Gallery)
Miriam Ackroyd is a midwife and a photographer. The WeObservatory is honored to be endorsing and supporting her long-term project – Portrait of a Midwife – that consists of portraying the midwives of the world in order to inform and teach about the profession.
“I want to use photography as an instrument for education and change; encourage the world to act. I believe that powerful photography can affect the masses. I want to help to influence governments to invest in women and their health care, by investing in midwives and their education and skill development, to make the reproductive years of women in that country much safer and make the prospect of mothering more enjoyable” , says Miriam.
The WeObservatory will be able to introduce Miriam to its network of healthcare professionals, midwives in particular, and sponsor a number of field trips. The cooperation is starting immediately and Miriam is soon flying out to Bangladesh! The photographer is also to portray the work that is being done by other members of the WeObservatory, leaders of other WeO selected projects.
We are currently working on creating a separate website for the Portrait of a Midwife. Stay tuned for the link !
We are happy to announce that new projects have been selected by the WeObservatory for a one-year partnership from the Care Challenge platform. These projects benefit of the Millennia2025 Foundation international network to expand their activities.