Reducing maternal and neonatal mortality through digital solutions

Each year, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation organizes the Midwives for Life Awards, which rewards projects to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality with a €5,000 support package. The projects involved in these Awards are also eligible for selection by the Millennia 2025 Foundation, an FSE partner since 2014, which aims to add a digital dimension to the project in order to reach a maximum number of people.

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Four projects were selected in 2014, and two more in 2015.

  • Casa, Mexico – Midwifery school.
    Publication of the Casa school manual as an e-book with 8 modules on digital applications for maternal and neonatal health; one hundred USB keys containing the courses were distributed, and ten printed copies were given to the authors and partners.
    More information on Millennia 2025 website
    Download 8 modules in PDF
  • Pan Milar, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland - Multilingual translation to pregnant women migrants.
    A website was created to convey information to migrant women in the most effective way. A short information video in 18 languages was produced to explain the action and services offered by the Pan Milar association, and an application (UniversalWomenSpeaker) was also developed to facilitate communication between medical staff and migrants: 17 languages are available, containing translations and audio.
    Watch the video (FR)
    More information on Millennia2025 website
    Visit the Pan Milar website
  • Portrait of a Midwife, Australia.
    Miriam Ackroyd is a photographer and midwife. She has already carried out two reports in Bangladesh and Moldova to show the daily work of midwives, and the differences in existing practices between the countries. This work will be presented during 2017.
    More information on Millennia 2025 website
  • Twin2Twin, Netherlands.
    This twinning project helps improve the capacities and skills of midwives by having them learn about different methods in different countries. An application was developed based on twinning projects carried out between the Netherlands and Sierra Leone, and the Netherlands and Morocco. It contains all the features and guidelines for setting up these twinning projects.
    More information on Millennia 2025 website
    See the project on Care Challenge website
  • Reducing obesity in Mongolia.
    An application has been created to help reduce obesity among pregnant Mongolian women. It contains visuals, graphics, and animated films explaining the risks of obesity. This application has been produced in Mongolian, Russian and English and will be available in 2017.

All these projects were presented at 13 international conferences, including the Women Leaders Forum in New York in 2015, Medetel in Luxembourg in 2015 and 2016, and the Global Forum in Oulu in 2015, and in Eindhoven in 2016.

About Millennia2025 Foundation

The Millennia 2025 Women & Innovation Foundation is committed to enhancing the role of women in the global health and telemedicine, so that their skills can be recognized in building an alternative future. The Foundation’s action plans and concrete actions result from the Millennia2015 foresight research process conducted by the Millennia2025 International Network Researcher volunteers, as well as the Action Plan for women's empowerment and gender equality established under the patronage of UNESCO during the international conference held in its headquarters in Paris by the Destrée Institute on December 3 and 4, 2012.


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