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Survive and Thrive Report for 2012–2017 Now Available

The Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance, established in 2012 to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes, has released their final report highlighting key achievements, including the development of an evidence-based training methodology for maternal and newborn care. Global Health Media Project contributed to this effort with the development of teaching videos that complement the core training programs (Helping Babies Survive and Helping Mothers Survive) developed by partners within the Alliance. Our videos are organized in four series covering small baby care, newborn care, breastfeeding, and childbirth.

Survive & Thrive has played an important role in improving newborn and maternal health outcomes worldwide, supporting countries in strengthening national programs and training over 500,000 health workers in low-resource settings. The report summarizes these achievements and includes lessons learned for future maternal, newborn, and child health initiatives.

August 14th, 2018||1 Comment

World Breastfeeding Week starts August 1

This year’s slogan for World Breastfeeding Week is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life, highlighting breastfeeding as the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers (WABA – World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action).

Global Health Media Project supports breastfeeding worldwide with teaching videos for both health workers and mothers. We now have breastfeeding videos available in 27 languages, and narration is underway for 12 additional languages.

The videos for health workers teach them how to observe breastfeeding so that they can provide mothers with better guidance on how to position and attach their baby as well as manage common problems. The videos for mothers show them best practices in a way that is easy to understand and follow.

July 30th, 2018||1 Comment

More breastfeeding videos available in Burmese

Our video library continues to expand with the addition of narrations in other languages. We’ve just added 10 breastfeeding videos narrated in Burmese, and now have a complete set of Burmese breastfeeding videos for mothers.

These videos were translated and narrated by the Filmaid Foundation, Thailand. Funding support for this work was provided by Perseverance Lodge of Hong Kong No. 1165 E.C.—facilitated by The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust—as well as by FilmAid Asia.

This brings the total number of videos we now have available in Burmese to 24. This week we also added “Continuous Skin-to-Skin Care,” which was translated and narrated by Save the Children-Myanmar. Other Myanmar languages that are included in our video library include Karen, Shan, and Pa’O.

June 24th, 2018||0 Comments

New videos on feeding young children

In almost half of all children’s deaths worldwide, poor nutrition is a contributing factor. Most of the world’s children between the ages of six months and two years do not have a diet that meets even minimum standards. To help address this problem, we have collaborated with UNICEF to produce 17 teaching films on best feeding practices for children in this age group.

The Nutrition Series: First Foods for Young Children provides key messages on when, what, and how to feed children aged 6–23 months. The videos were filmed in over 60 homes in Nigeria, Kenya, and Nepal. The blending of footage from these diverse settings should make the videos useful teaching tools in low-resource areas around the world. Eight videos are designed for mothers and caregivers to help them better understand complementary feeding practices, while nine health worker videos are designed to help them support and counsel mothers and caregivers in these practices.

You can watch the videos on our website at this link, and learn more about the purpose and content of the videos in the nutrition section of the UNICEF website.

May 29th, 2018||0 Comments

Our videos ‒ now in Arabic ‒ help Syrian refugees

UNHCR uses Global Health Media videos to help teach essential newborn care in the Zaatari and Azraq Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. These camps have a combined population of over 100,000 people. Since the majority of midwives, community health workers, and mothers in the camps do not understand English, UNHCR has supported an initiative to translate and narrate a number of our videos in Arabic.

UNHCR selected videos they considered highest priority for their work. There are 25 videos in total, including: eight videos on newborn care, seven videos on the care of small babies, and 10 videos on breastfeeding (primarily those for mothers).

January 31st, 2018||1 Comment

The Story of Cholera teaches hygiene in Vietnam

Hmong children in northwestern Vietnam are learning about basic hygiene from The Story of Cholera. In this short film clip from a school in the Sa Pa District, one of the poorest districts in the country, you can watch them view our popular animation.

Teaching these children basic hygiene is one of the goals of Projet Humanitaire Nord Vietnam (PHNV). The organization was founded by Emie Rathikoun and Julien Olivier after they visited this impoverished mountainous region and learned about the health problems there.

They found The Story of Cholera to be a powerful tool in teaching people how diseases are spread and what they could do to stay healthy. They narrated the video in Hmong, which is spoken by more than half the population of Sa Pa District. They have also narrated a version in Vietnamese.

PHNV is training teachers so they can reach more villages and schools with health information. They also distribute basic hygiene supplies throughout the region, including soap, a toothbrush, and toothpaste.

January 27th, 2018||0 Comments

World Toilet Day focuses attention on global sanitation challenges

More than four billion people live without a household toilet. November 19 is designated as World Toilet Day by the UN to create awareness and inspire action around this global sanitation crisis.

Communities who grapple with the challenge of safe water and better sanitation often turn to our public health animation—The Story of Cholera—to help teach safe sanitation and hygiene practices. Originally developed to assist with education during the Haitian cholera epidemic in 2010, it is now used all over the world to help communities understand how cholera—and waterborne diseases in general—is spread and steps they can take to prevent it. We estimate the film has been watched well over 200 million times.

The Story of Cholera will soon be added to the permanent safe water exhibition at the Center for Disease Control (David J. Sencer CDC Museum) in Atlanta. It has won over 20 awards, including, most recently, winner of the 2017 CUGH-Pulitzer Video Competition for Innovations in Global Health. The Story of Cholera is available in more than 40 languages.

November 18th, 2017||1 Comment

World Prematurity Day 2017

About 15 million babies are born preterm each year, and over 1 million die due to complications related to preterm birth. This makes premature birth the leading cause of mortality in children under five—yet many of these deaths can be prevented.

World Prematurity Day—November 17—focuses on raising awareness of this crisis. We are proud to be one of those voices, and to be part of a community of support for the health workers and parents caring for these vulnerable babies.

We know that simple interventions can make a vital difference in the care of small babies, even in places without access to modern facilities. We’ve created a comprehensive library of teaching videos on small baby care, covering topics such as how to keep infants warm with skin-to-skin care, feeding, infection prevention, and danger signs.

Five videos are designed specifically for mothers to demystify the needs of premature infants and help them care for their babies both in the hospital and at home. Since their release earlier this year, more than 10,000 copies of the small baby videos have been downloaded.

Our Small Baby Video Series was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to complement the Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) curriculum, which is based on the latest WHO guidelines.

Learn more about our Small Baby Series here.

November 17th, 2017||0 Comments

Breastfeeding support for Chuukese women in Guam and Micronesia

Chuukese women needing breastfeeding support will now have access to several of our videos in their own language. Chuuk is an island which is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. There are many Chuukese families residing on the island of Guam, a commonwealth of the United States located north of Chuuk.

The videos—available at this link—were translated and narrated by a team from Guam Regional Medical City Hospital (GRMC). Health workers there had noticed a decline in early initiation of breastfeeding in their hospital. With more and more patients coming from surrounding Pacific islands, mothers whose primary language is Chuukese accounted for up to half of the births at GRMC. Because language was an obvious barrier to communication, GRMC recognized the impact translating these videos would have on bolstering breastfeeding education and awareness among Chuukese families in Guam and those residing throughout the Federated States of Micronesia.

September 25th, 2017||1 Comment

GHMP helps launch video education at Ethiopian Hospital

Patients often have long waiting times at the busy Moyale Hospital in Ethiopia, but administrators there have put the time to good use by showing educational videos on TV in the waiting area.

To initiate this stimulating and innovative approach to health education, GHMP worked with Moyale to narrate The Story of Cholera in Oromiffa—the first animated heath education video available in the language of the local people. “What once was a dull and at times tension-filled wait for the doctor has been transformed into an entertaining and enlightening experience,” said Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) at Moyale Hospital. “The response we got the first day the video aired was very positive.”

Since then, many more videos, on topics ranging from family planning to hypertension, diabetes, and labor and delivery, have been translated for viewing on the waiting-room TV. Arero Biqicha, Moyale Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, said the videos are part of their plans to use innovation and technology to deliver quality health care. “This is something we are very proud of,” he said. “No other hospital in the country has a similar project.”

The Story of Cholera is GHMP’s award-winning animation that helps individuals, families and communities understand how cholera is spread and the steps they can take to prevent it. It is also widely used to teach sanitation and hygiene practices. The film has been narrated in 35 languages and viewed in more than 230 countries around the world. The Oromiffa version was translated and recorded by Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim and Mohammed Dida (Environmental Health Officer).

May 31st, 2017||1 Comment
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