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We are not giving up

” I choose to be a Nurse Midwife because it’s one profession that can continue to spark my innovative mind to deal with many aspects of patient care especially among women and children”

Chinomso Ibe is a Nurse/Midwife founder of Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) in Nigeria and a Fellow of Maternal health Program with the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of public Health and Institute of International Education USA. She reports on recent activities :

Since 2014, Connecting Nurses, Sanofi and the Millennia2025 Foundation WeObservatory have recorgnised Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) efforts on Maternal and Child Health, and we have continued to make great impacts in our rural communities supporting our pregnant women and babies survive during childbirth with the production and distribution of our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits. We keep improving every day on our package and can’t wait to hit a Million distribution !

In 2019, we have started a Facebook live « Mama & Pikin Matter” a live series on Maternal and Child Health to engage our online communities and build there knowledge on how to reduce preventable pregnancy and child birth complications and death. Different topics on Maternal health are discussed every Sunday, having our audience ask questions and share real life childbirth scenarios. We were able to educate more than 20,000 community members. Dr Uche Anyanwagu and I anchored this program. We took a break and will continue with it soon.

We have also continued our rural community Safe Motherhood program’s and Ante-natal care programs teaching pregnant women and families in different local languages on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, Childbirth and beyond.  

Our work has gone viral inspiring so many other young people who have become and extension of our work in there rural communities. We have more volunteers across Nigerian rural communities who are truly a blessing to us , with full dedication to help reduce the Maternal mortality and morbidity rate in our country. We are really building Maternal health young champions, which is a continuation of the impact the Maternal health Task Force fellowship made in me. 

Right now in the Covid 19 pandemic, we are providing palliative support to pregnant women and breastfeeding mother’s across 5 states in Nigeria. Knowing the impact of lockdown on pregnant women, breastfeeding mother’s and there babies, we have so far distributed food to 200 women and there families, through our donors who remained anonymous.

We have new patners too Henderson Hill’s Baptist Church Edmond US who are supporting our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits, we will share pictures when we complete there project. Also we have individuals who are supporting the distribution of the kits to there communties and we are thankful for that. 

As the pandemic affected the rural communities much , more women are giving birth at home more , but with our intervention we are providing as many birth supplies as possible to our women and also at the health centers.

I am also working as a Frontline at this point and using this opportunity to say a big thank you to my amazing team for all there hard work.

We are looking forward to more support to provide more Birth kits to our women as both the fear of being infected by the virus and no availability of Birth supplies have left them to give birth at home more.

We are not giving up, we will continue to save lives !

More here : https://traffinafoundationfch.org/blog/

http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/save-our-mothers.html

Nursing is having the motivation to want to learn to help, to study, to research. It is something emotional and rational at the same time

Lady Murrugarra is a Nurse Technician in Peru leading the ePrevencion program in San
Benito of Cajamarca to ensure that « Health for All » is a reality through the use of new
technologies.

By joining the WeObservatory in 2013 through Connecting Nurses, she conducted with her team a survey on the status of ICT access and health related use among healthcare workers from selected countries in Latin America and the Caribean region.
The results of the study are plublished in a scientific article at the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH), in the Women in eHealth special Theme 2015.
Lady participated to Medetel in Luxembourg in April 2014 and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015.

We are proud to have her as vice-chair of the Global Network  of Women in Telemedicine
(WeTelemed) to make telemedicine accessible to all in Peru and around the world !
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2020 Year of the Nurses and Midwives!

Nurses and Midwives are at the top of the scene in 2020, with the World Health Organization International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Since 2014, the Women Observatory for eHealth has selected innovative projects developed by Nurses and Midwives around the world. With new technologies, Nurses and Midwives connect to their patients with increased efficiency and quality of care.
Stay connected to the news of the Blog to know more details of their projects in the coming weeks!

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New theme issue on Nurses and Midwives in Digital Health for the JISfTeH in 2020

To the chairs and members of the ISfTeH Working Groups
To the members of ISfTeH,

We have an opportunity to prepare a themed edition of the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH). The ISfTeH Working Group of Women  WoW) has prepared two of these special issues of the journal in 2015 and 2017, each including 4 to 7 papers, and their most recent one will be available shortly.

2015: http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/issue/view/10 (pdf: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh_vol3.pdf)
2017: http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH (pdf: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh2017.pdf)

The Journal is only available online and the editors are working diligently to establish its place among credible and referenced journals.
Our themed issue would be about telehealth nursing, of course. The editors are very determined to have papers that reflect “science” by which they mean well-done research with intent to produce substantive findings that will contribute to the evidence that drives health care delivery.
Next year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. We are proposing to you and to the journal editors that we put together 4 to 6 publishable research papers in a Special Telehealth Nursing Edition of JISfTeH that would be available early in 2020 (January or February). The papers would all reflect some aspect of telehealth/telenursing. To begin this process, we are asking all of you to consider submitting an abstract that represents the essence of your publishable research paper. If you are hesitant to reveal all of your research work and findings in JISfTeH, you could consider using a part of your work for this paper. The abstract and paper should be in the traditional research format: introduction/problem addressed; research purpose, research question(s)/hypotheses, sample, setting, data collection methods, data analysis methods, results/findings, discussion, conclusions and recommendations.
All articles submitted must be authored by nurses or midwives, as principal author.
The language will be English.

 

Abstracts are accepted until 15 September 2019 to claudiabartz388[at]gmail.com or veronique.thouvenot[at]gmail.com

Submissions should be done before 30 November 2019
Submissions follow the JISfTeH guidelines:
http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

 

Contact info[at]isfteh.org, or claudiabartz388[at]gmail.com or veronique.thouvenot[at]gmail.com

 

 

Women influencers in eHealth

Since 2014, the WeObservatory has had the opportunity to meet with women influencers in eHealth through their professional activities and positions. They share their views and expertise at international conferences and in scientific publications. They contribute to women’s empowerment in eHealth.  The list is updated every year. You are an influencer in eHealth, contact us!

Discover them here :

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Happy International Nurses Day!

Happy International Nurses Day! Our Nurses innovate for their patients around the world!

They are inventors, developers, researchers for Telemedicine in USA and Peru, a Virtual Nurse for women living with HIV in Canada, a Mobile Maternal Health in Nigeria, a video for children with diabetis in Spain, an eBook for Diabetis footcare in Kosovo, Telehealth network for Elderly and radio podcasters in the Philippines, and a mobile application for vaccination in Australia.

Visit their projects and others more here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/nurses.html.

And their success stories and awards here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/success-stories.html.

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EU guidelines for the deployment of e-Health by nurses

In the context of increased need for IT skills and competences in digital healthcare systems guidelines focusing on eHealth are of vital importance. Recently – December 2015 – new guidelines were presented at the European Innovation Summit. The production of these guidelines was curated by ENS4Care.

The WeObservatory was interested to hear that the gender balance was also addressed by the board members : “EPHA Board member Peggy Maguire representing the European Institute of Women’s Health points out new technology is often not ’gender neutral’: solutions are ill-adapted to the needs of women who occupy multiple roles. e.g. workers, mothers and wives, family managers and carers for the elderly. Given these constraints, Maguire said it was important that eHealth solutions were user-friendly and tailored to women’s specific roles and responsibilities, also in the workplace”.

More details and specific guidelines are available on the ENS4Care website and a short overview here.

the Virtual Nurse initiative

WeObservatory and UniversalDoctor mentioned in an article mHealth Competence Center has published  on the Virtual Nurse pilot initiative taking place Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, a center recognized for its ability to innovate in patients’ care and healthcare management. Some mobile applications are mentioned by the interviewed nurse, including the UniversalNurse Speaker.

“This field is getting used to the change that ICT mean”, says Emma Gómez, Nursing Department director in Sant Joan de Déu Hospital (HSJD). “ITC mean a change of paradigm for nurses. On the one hand, communication with patients and their relatives has changed: online consultations are more convenient for patients and it is a two-way communication. It is a new kind of relationship, no better or worse. However, a physical consultation can not be compared to a virtual one”, explains Gómez. “On the other hand, ITC allow professionals to manage their time more efficiently”.

Emma Gómez, Nursing Department director in Sant Joan de Déu Hospital (HSJD)
Emma Gómez, Nursing Department director in Sant Joan de Déu Hospital (HSJD)

Read further the “Nursing, a profession transformed by technology” article here.

Happy International Nurses Day! infographics for today

The WeObservatory team wishes everyone Happy International Nurses Day ! We are today in Paris celebrating together with Connecting Nurses and participating at the Live Discussion/Forum streaming videos from all over the world. Watch out for  #IND2015 and @conncetingnurse @do_yna on Twitter. And here are some things to read and think about: Second career nurses are solving the nursing crisis. via The Second Career Nurse.

WeObservatory welcomes new projects

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.

The 2014-2015 selection includes not only projects conducted by Nurses ( via Connecting Nurses ) but also projects conducted by Midwives (via Connecting Midwives).

The new selected projects are:

Training Midwives on Emergency Obstetrics, Ethiopia

ICTs for Midwives, Mexico

Skype for Veterans, Canada

Sage-femmes et femmes migrantes, Switzerland

Cloud Babies tele-stethoscope, Australia

See the full list of selected projects on the Millennia2025 Foundation’s website.

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.

Telehealth usability amongst elderly, a WeObservatory selected project

If you are interested in learning about technology acceptance in general, we highly recommend that you take a look at this project.

A key objective of a WeObservatory project “Telehealth and Elderly” by Michael Dino, Assistant Research Director at Our Lady of Fatima University, Valenzuela City, Philippines, is to understand technology-acceptance among the elderly and help them gain independence within the healthcare system.
This project was firstly published online on the Care Challenge platform and gained visibility through the video made by Connected Nurses as means to support the project. Consequently “Telehealth and Elderly” was chosen by the WeObservatory and continues to evolve through this partnership. Not only does Michael Dino get the opportunity to present his project at many international conferences – one of the latest was during the Digital Health Care Week in Singapore in October 2013 – but he is also planning to expand his research to specific populations, starting an “Elderly Women and TeleHealth” research project, in liaison with the WeObservatory’s special focus: improving the use of telemedicine services for women.

For more details, check out the research abstract here.
Take a look at Michael Dino’s initial project as posted on Care Challenge and portraid in the video: