Deb Van mhealthDyke will speak at the mHealthEd 2013 conference—New Digital Media Content and Delivery: Revolutionising Global Health Education and Training—to be held in Ireland on September 12 & 13. Her session will focus on new initiatives in video and animation and how digital media can revolutionize education and behavior change communication in low-resource settings. The conference will bring together global health experts and leading producers of content and animation.

Our cordseries of newborn care videos is off to a great start, with online viewership more than doubling since March to almost 15,000 views in August. According to YouTube analytics, the newborn care videos have been viewed in 198 countries (including territories). The largest number of views (after the US) come from India and Mexico. The most frequently watched videos are Inserting an IV (12,000 views) and Breathing Problems (10,000 views). Overall, our videos have been viewed more than 150,000 times, and more than 9,000 copies have been downloaded.

We narrator250are now adding videos voiced-over in Swahili to our newborn care library. Tungependa kusikia kutoka kwako! We are very grateful to Translators Without Borders for their translations, and to Rodha Moraa for her wonderful narration.

Spanish versions of our first 10 videos—also translated by Translators Without Borders—were published four months ago and have already been watched more than 4,000 times. The superb narration was done by Magdalena Serpa—we very much appreciate her contribution.

Deb Van Dyke deb_klhad a busy week at the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Malaysia (May 26-30). The conference—with over 4,500 attendees from 149 countries—was the largest of the decade focused on women’s and girls’ health and rights. Deb spoke at a session focused on the role of technology in creating lasting solutions for women, pitched Global Health Media Project at the Social Enterprise Challenge, and introduced our film “The Home Visit” at the Cinema Corner.

Her talk on the role of technology was covered by Digital News Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

In April,India (5) our film team launched our new video series on childbirth with a film shoot at the United Mission Hospital in Tansen, Nepal. We were awarded a significant grant from The Price Family Foundation to produce this series, which will demonstrate best-practice care from labor through birth and the immediate post-partum period. The childbirth series is an excellent complement to our newborn care series, now at 20 videos with more on the way.

We have idadded four more videos on newborn care best practices to our video library: Skin Infection, The Hot Baby, Breast Engorgement, and Preparing the Birth Room. This expands our newborn care library to a total of 20 videos, more than half of the 36 films planned for this series.

We have just homereleased six new videos on newborn care best practices: Sepsis, The Home Visit, Giving an Intradermal Injection, Jaundice, The Cold Baby, and Thrush. The videos include footage from our most recent film shoot in Nagpur, India—where we collaborated with the Lata Medical Research Foundation—as well as from our previous trip to Nigeria. Content is based on international standards of care, and has been reviewed by global medical experts and field-tested among frontline health workers in developing countries. The videos are free to download for offline use. Four more videos will be coming soon—stay tuned!