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GHMP presents at Global Digital Health Network

We presented our most recent work to the Global Digital Health Network at their June monthly meeting. The Network is a 2500+ networking forum with members from 81 countries that provides leadership in digital health (mHealth, eHealth, and ICTs). It supports technical innovation in low-resource settings that contributes to better quality, accessibility, and sustainability of health services and health outcomes. Thank you Global Digital Health Network for inviting us to share our work.

Other groups presenting at the meeting included the Global Health eLearning Center (Lisa Mwaikambo), the Maternity Foundation (Tara Morazzini), and mPowering Frontline Health Workers (Carolyn Moore). There was also a presentation on the ICT4D Conference by Sherri Haas.

June 20th, 2016||0 Comments

ORB platform marks first anniversary

ORB—a comprehensive online library of high-quality, mobile-optimized training materials for frontline health workers—marked its first year with a gathering of partners and supporters on June 1 in Washington DC. We are a content provider for ORB, and were represented at the meeting by Peter Cardellichio. GHMP and ORB share the common goal of supporting better training of health workers in low-resource settings. Our partnership with ORB is about increasing impact: we provide videos for ORB, while ORB helps distributes them and helps health workers use them more effectively. Through our partnership with ORB and mPowering Frontline Health Workers, our videos are being incorporated into new training programs being introduced in several African countries, with plans for use in many more countries over the coming year.

June 7th, 2016||0 Comments

Maternal Health Task Force features our newest videos

Our latest set of videos on the new WHO guidelines for sick newborns are featured in the Maternal Health Task Force blog. The article points to the need for sharing health care information widely to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets for reductions in neonatal mortality. MHTF is a project of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health. They work to build a global community that has access to information and evidence that can improve care and save lives of mothers and newborns.

May 16th, 2016||1 Comment

New videos reinforce groundbreaking WHO guidelines for sick babies

We have released a new set of videos—seven films that will help health workers follow new and groundbreaking WHO guidelines. The guidelines recommend simplified antibiotic regimens that are safe and effective for seriously ill young infants when referral to a hospital is not possible.

These videos offer clinical guidance to frontline health workers, reinforcing the recognition of clinical signs and improving the skills needed for treatment.

The videos are now available in English and French. They are currently being voiced over in Spanish and Swahili.

March 24th, 2016||0 Comments

Awards for The Story of Ebola

The Story of Ebola has been screened at several film festivals over the past few months and won several awards, including the International Humanitarian, Gold Award; World Human Rights, Gold Award; and Los Angeles Cinefest, Best Short Film.

The Story of Ebola was used as part of the educational and awareness efforts in West Africa, and is available to help communities better understand and cope with potential future outbreaks. It has been watched in over 220 countries.

This film was produced by Global Health Media Project in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNICEF, and Yoni Goodman. Support also was provided by mPowering Frontline Health Workers, Deborah Rose, and friends from the Mad River Valley and beyond.

February 15th, 2016||2 Comments

Lancet Series reaffirms importance of breastfeeding

helping_200The well-known health benefits of breastfeeding are highlighted in The Lancet Breastfeeding Series, released today. They point out that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding worldwide has not improved in two decades. Our 18 videos on breastfeeding help raise these rates by providing health workers and mothers with practical information on “how-to” skills and problem management that can lead to greater breastfeeding success.

According to WHO, their “estimates published in ‘The Lancet’ reveal that increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800,000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months. In addition, nearly half of all diarrhoeal diseases and one-third of all respiratory infections in children in low- and middle-income countries could be prevented with increased rates of breastfeeding.”

The WHO summary goes on to say that “countries need to invest in policies and programmes that support women’s breastfeeding. Supportive health-care systems, adequate maternity leave entitlements, workplace interventions, counselling and educational programmes can all help to improve breastfeeding rates [emphasis added].” Our breastfeeding videos play a pivotal role in this effort as breastfeeding is best taught by seeing live-action examples.

January 29th, 2016||0 Comments

Keeping newborns warm in the PNG highlands

At the SIL clinic in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, newborns are regularly seen who are cold and stressed. One reason for the problem is the common belief that it is best to immediately separate the baby from the mother and wash him, a situation made worse by the cool-to-cold nights at high elevation (approximately 5000 feet, or 1500 meters, above sea level). The vast majority of the women deliver in their villages, often outside in a secluded place. Grandmothers and untrained village women usually assist with the birth, as trained birth attendants are rare.

The SIL clinic provides antenatal care and education to about 150 local women each month. According to Helen Doss, a pediatrician at the clinic, “After the staff watched Keeping the Baby Warm, they immediately agreed it should be shown to expectant mothers to help them learn what to do to prevent hypothermia in the neonatal population.” The video is now being translated into Tok Pisin—the trade language—so that it can be shown regularly during antenatal visits.

January 18th, 2016||0 Comments

GHMP videos in action at Laos Innovation Fair

Innovation Fair_200_2Health Leadership International (HLI) showed our videos at the Innovation Fair at the College of Health Sciences in Luang Prabang, Laos as an example of “innovative health teaching approaches that are being used around the world.” Karen Hays of HLI reported that students were able to watch GHMP videos in Lao. They also got to see how MamaNatalie and NeoNatalie from Laerdal are used for hands-on birth simulation training.

In the photo, a student is taking a “video of the video” to have it available for later use. Students were delighted to learn that the Lao versions of GHMP videos can be freely downloaded to their phones directly from our website.

January 4th, 2016||0 Comments

GHMP presents in Mexico City

Peter Cardellichio spoke at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City last week. His talk covered the use of video as a teaching tool to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates, a practice which is life saving for newborns. Participants came from over 70 countries, representing top thought leaders in governments, NGOs, and universities. The conference provided us with the opportunity to meet many of our colleagues and partners on the international stage.

October 30th, 2015||0 Comments

Turning waiting rooms to learning centers for mothers in Rwanda

When Samuel Byiringiro saw our breastfeeding videos, he immediately realized they’d be fantastic to teach mothers and the waiting rooms in his hospital would provide a way to reach them efficiently. According to Sam, “patient education is often neglected because of dire shortages of health care providers in Rwanda. These videos can help fill this gap.” He soon had all nine of our breastfeeding videos for mothers translated and narrated into Kinyarwanda. We added the new voice tracks to the videos and made them available to be viewed or downloaded from our website.

The videos will be displayed on a small flat screen TV in the neonatal waiting room and in maternity at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (UTHB). Sam also keeps the videos on his laptop so he can access them to teach, review, and answer questions as needed. UTHB is only the first step for Sam, as he plans to distribute the videos to many other hospitals and health centers in Rwanda to help turn waiting rooms into learning centers and make sure newborns get the best chance to be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life.

Sam is a nursing student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is grateful to his mentor, Medie Jesena (a pediatric nurse in the HRH program) for supporting this project and to the neonatology nurses at his hospital for reviewing his translations. We would like to thank Sam for collaborating with us to expand the reach of these videos to mothers in Rwanda.

If you would like to help make our videos available in your local language, please contact us. We would be happy to guide you through the process.

September 10th, 2015||3 Comments
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