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In my last few weeks at the Maternal Health Task Force, I have been working with Raji Mohanam, Knowledge Management Specialist at the MHTF, Matthew Meschery, Director of Digital Initiatives at ITVS, and Lisa Russell, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of MDGFive.com, and an incredible team of presenters, to coordinate a panel presentation on digital tools for maternal health for the Global Maternal Health Conference in Delhi. Take a look below for a post I wrote for the MHTF Blog about the upcoming panel session–with info on how to participate remotely.

I am off to India tomorrow! Check back next week for posts from the conference.

The upcoming Global Maternal Health Conference in Delhi (August 30th-September 1st) will focus on lessons learned, neglected issues, and innovative approaches to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. The anticipated outcome of the conference is increased consensus around the evidence, programs and advocacy needed to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity.

One session, Maternal Health Digital, will showcase a number of digital communication tools being applied to maternal health. Matthew Meschery, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Independent Television Service, will moderate the session—and will guide panelists and participants through a lively discussion that will explore the potential of digital tools to improve the health of women around the world. Panelists will also address questions about how to measure the impact of such projects.

Throughout the session, conference participants will learn about an email help desk that is aiming to increase access to misoprostol and mifepristine, a mobile phone and radio initiative that is aiming to improve delivery of maternal and neonatal health services, an online media “mash-up” tool that is enabling users to make their own advocacy videos, a crowd-sourcing project that is tapping into the knowledge of front-line maternal health care providers in 9 languages, and more.

This exciting session will include presentations from Google.orgWomen on WebZMQ Software SystemsHealth ChildMDGFive.com, the Social Media Research Foundation, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis ReportingUniversity of Oxford, the Maternal Health Task Force, and the Independent Television Service.

Take a look at the session summary:

In recent years, the health, technology, and communication sectors have come together to innovate health communications through the use of digital media. Advances in tools for cross-media storytelling, social networking, digital games, real-time messaging, and mobile and location-aware technologies are being adapted to fit the needs of the maternal health community—and are helping to fuel the increased momentum around the issue. In this interactive session, conference participants will learn about a diverse range of innovative projects that are aiming to identify challenges and solutions for providing care to pregnant women, build stronger connections among maternal health organizations, create new ways to collect and use data, foster increased collaboration through engaging communities, and continue to drive attention toward the issue. As well as highlighting the promise of these new tools, we will also look at some specific challenges such as measuring impact, working in areas with limited connectivity, and merging online and offline strategies. There will be a series of mini-presentations on crowd-sourcing, interactive mapping, a media mash-up tool, an online reporting hub, mobile health campaigns, and more. Participants will not only get an over-view of a wide variety of strategies and recent developments in digital health communications—but they will also learn tips for applying many of these new tools to their own work and engage in a dialogue around how to maximize the utility of these technologies in order to significantly improve the health of women around the world.

This session will be live streamed! Click here for the live stream schedule.

Join the discussion via Twitter! Conference hashtag: #GMHC2010, Session hashtag: #GMHC2010Digital


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Over 3,500 maternal health providers, researchers, policymakers, and advocates from all over the world have gathered in Washington D.C. for Women Deliver 2010, a global conference focused on maternal and newborn health. Earlier today, I posted a short blog post on the MHTF Blog with highlights from day one of the conference.

The MHTF Blog

The post includes links to the announcement of the  Gates Foundation commitment to $1.5 billion in additional funding for maternal and child health (announced yesterday by Melinda Gates), a special themed issue of the Lancet dedicated to Women Deliver, the launch of the University of Oxford’s maternal health crowd-sourcing initiative, and several other announcements of major developments in the field of maternal and child health. The blog post includes several useful links for more information on each of the highlights.

Click here to read the post  on the MHTF Blog.

If you are not attending the conference but would like to participate remotely, view the live webcast here.

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This blog post, Refresh Everything–Even Healthcare, posted on The Buzz Bin, aims to answer the question, “While crowdsourcing makes a lot of sense for consumer initiatives, does it make sense for healthcare, an industry often overwrought by rules and regulations?” The author, Jenn Riggle, says that it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and also who you’re talking to. Take a look at her post to learn about a number of crowdsourcing projects related to healthcare—including Global Voices for Maternal Health.

The Buzz Bin

“…Harvard has developed a crowdsourcing project whose goal is to help cure Type I diabetes. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the study is awarding prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to people who contribute the best answers. This project joins sites like PatientsLikeMe and CureTogether that use crowdsourcing to help drive medical innovations…

…Kevin Walsh’s blog in Communique’ looked at how crowdsourcing is impacting healthcare. In addition to online communities, he also references great tools like Flutrackr or Google’s FluTrends that use crowdsourced data to track flu outbreaks and estimate flu trends.

Next week, the University of Oxford will launch Global Voices for Maternal Health, a crowdsourcing project that will include an online survey (in 9 languages) of 10,000 caregivers in developing countries to learn about the problems they face in delivering maternal healthcare, as well as a discussion forum to explore how they can overcome these barriers…”

Read the full post, Refresh Everything—Even Healthcare.

Click here for a May 21st post about Global Voices for Maternal Health.

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The University of Oxford, with support from the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, will be launching a maternal health crowd-sourcing project on June 7th, 2010. The project, Global Voices for Maternal Health, will launch at the Women Deliver conference. The idea is to give health care providers a “direct global voice in identifying and solving the barriers to providing evidence-based maternal health care.”

The MHTF Blog

The crowd-sourcing initiative consists of two main components: an online survey, available in 9 languages, for maternal health care providers in developing countries on the barriers to providing evidence-based care, and an online discussion forum for health care providers, program managers, and policy makers—to discuss innovative solutions for barriers to providing evidence-based care.

“The website will give new weight and force to the views of people who are actually delivering medical care, providing them with a stronger voice to determine where the global community’s future efforts should be focused.”

Click here to read the full post on the MHTF blog.

Visit www.globalvoices.org.uk for more info on the project–and ways to get involved.

If you have information about people working on the ground in maternal health who might like to participate, please contact global.voices@obs-gyn.ox.ac.uk.

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