Zero Mothers Die Mobile Health Project Presented to Government of Ghana


UniversalDoctor is one of the three lead organizations of Zero Mothers Die, a mobile health project launched by a multistakeholder public-private partnership to improve maternal health through the systematic use of information & communication technologies (ICTs) and mobile health. Today, Zero Mothers Die was presented by Jeannine Lemaire, the Project Coordinator, to the Government of Ghana and the UN system in Ghana, in cooperation with UNAIDS Ghana, our key local partner.


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This meeting was convened by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health of Ghana, with representatives from the following agencies in attendance: Office of the First Lady, Ministry of Health (several components, including the Ghana Health Service and the National AIDS Control Program), Ghana AIDS Commission, Ministry of Communication, National Communication Agency, Greater Accra Regional Ministry, Municipality of Accra, Accra Regional Health Service, AirTel Ghana, UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS-Geneva and Partners.


Ghana has been chosen as the first implementation country for Zero Mothers Die project, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Office of the First Lady. To find out more about the project, download the full project document.


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Special Session at Med-e-Tel 2013: Women and eHealth

Launch of UniversalWomen Speaker

UniversalWomen Speaker will be launched at the Special Session on Women and eHealth at Med-e-Tel – the International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum taking place on April 10-12, 2013 in Luxembourg. The session is organized by the Millennia2015 International Working Group on Women and eHealth (WeHealth), chaired by Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, and ISfTeH. The goal of WeHealth goal is to investigate how women get access to, and use, ICT for health, through their network of 410 volunteers from 61 countries.

More information here: UniversalWomen Speaker – Multilingual eHealth Tool tailored for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternal Health

Med-e-Tel is an official event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) – an international federation of 74 national associations who represent their country’s Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders.

Special Session on Women and eHealth


The objective of the Women and eHealth session is to highlight the crucial role of women in eHealth and Telemedicine and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women. Based on the results of the WeHealth study, the session will cover various perspectives of women in eHealth and Telemedicine, with a focus on their place and roles in this arena.

The session will consist of a series of discussion panels, in order to design a global mapping of the roles and places of women within the arena of eHealth and Telemedicine. At the end of the session, a ceremony will formally launch the ISfTeH Working Group on Women (WoW) and participants will be invited to continue the dialogue during an open cocktail.


Wednesday 10 April 2013 – 14:00-17:30

Introduction and Opening Remarks
WeHealth Study 2010-2012: Results and Key Findings

  • Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, Head, Women and eHealth Working Group at Millennia2015, France
  • Dr. Kristie Holmes, Associate Professor of Social Work, Union University, USA

Presentation of the WeObservatory:

  • Sylvie Coumel, Stakeholder & Advocacy Project Director, Sanofi, France

Video “UniversalWomen”:

  • Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, CEO, UniversalDoctor, Spain

Welcome Address – Women in eHealth and Telemedicine in Panama

  • Dr. Arletty Pinel, CEO, Genos Global, Panama (Moderator of the WeHealth Session)

Panel 1: Women as Beneficiaries and Healthcare Providers


  • Dr. Line Kleinebreil, President, Université Numérique Mondiale Francophone (UNFM), France
  • Dr. Claudia Bartz, Coordinator, Telenursing Network, International Council of Nurses (ICN), USA
  • Dr. Tsedmaa Baatar, Telemedicine Project Manager, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mongolia

Panel 2: Women as ICT Developers and Leaders


  • Lenka Lhotska, University Teacher, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer, CEO, Klughammer GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Coumba Toure, Head, Advanced Development for Africa (ADA), Mali
  • Argentina P. Matavel Piccin, Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mongolia

Conclusion and Closing Remarks

The way forward: from the results of the WeHealth study 2010 – 2012, to Action Plans and Priorities by 2015:

      • Inclusion of gender considerations in eHealth policies
      • Expansion of education in eHealth and Telemedicine for women
      • WeHealth Study 2013 – 2015: Research and development of tools to measure the impact of women in eHealth and Telemedicine


  • Prof. Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), Switzerland
  • Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, Head, Women and eHealth WG Millennia2015, France


For more information, questions and expressions of interest to participate, visit the Med-e-Tel webpage for the session or contact:

Veronique Thouvenot:
Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer:
Lenka Lhotska:
Med-e-Tel secretariat:

GSMA mWomen Seminar at MWC — Increasing Women’s Access to Mobile Phones in Emerging Markets


Today from 12:00-15:00 at the Mobile World Congress, the GSMA mWomen Programme will host a seminar on Mobile Women called ‘Unlocking the Potential’. The panel discussion will emphasize how women in developing countries can play a greater role in mobile financial services and explore the critical role women play in household financial management, including panelists:

  • Dr. Maura O’Neill, Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation
  • Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO, Qtel Group
  • and others…

The winners of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge, launched by USAID, GSMA, AusAID and Qtel Group at the Social Good Summit in September 2012, will also be announced at the Seminar. The objective of the Design Challenge is to meet the needs of resource-poor women in emerging markets by redesigning and improving the smartphone user experience. In addition, a new study will be released called “Unlocking the Potential: Women and Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets.

“Co-hosted by Visa Inc. and Qtel Group, this event features opportunities for achieving commercial and social objectives by meeting women’s needs for mobile. The keynote session, introduced by Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, focuses on opportunities for industry to serve the women’s market with mobile financial services, thereby helping to increase women’s financial inclusion in emerging markets.  Visa and GSMA mWomen will release new research by Bankable Frontier Associates on women’s wants and needs for mobile financial services.   We’ll also discuss the power of mobile user experience design for women and announce the winners of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge, sponsored by Qtel Group in partnership with USAID and AusAID.  Finally, we’ll share mobile industry partners’ experiences serving women to create commercial and social value.”

A networking lunch, sponsored by Visa, will be offered to attendees of the event, which is open to all MWC pass-holders.

While registration to Elisa Minischetti at: is required, this event is open to the public, so if you’d like to invite colleagues, please feel free.

Our Jordi Serrano Pons will be there to discuss UniversalWomen Speaker and UniversalWomen Project. We hope to see you there!

UniversalWomen Speaker

Our UniversalWomen Speaker tool, part of the UniversalWomen Project, will facilitate multilingual communication between women and any healthcare personnel during pregnancy, childbirth and other maternal and women’s health issues. Whether you are traveling or working abroad, UniversalWomen aims to support any woman in need throughout the world.

For more info:

Partnership Launched for UniversalWomen Speaker

GSMA mWomen Seminar: Unlocking the Potential – 26 February, Mobile World Congress, 12:00 to 15:00, Room CC1-1.5

Update 12:16 CET – PICTURES!

Pictures from the live event, thanks to Jordi:

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Cherie Blair speaking at the GSMA mWomen Seminar at the MWC


The GSMA mWomen Programme aims to increase women’s access to and use of mobile phones and life-enhancing mobile services in developing markets. Launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in October 2010, the GSMA mWomen Global Development Alliance is a programme in partnership with USAID, AusAID, GSMA and Visa.

GSMA mWomen’s objectives are to:

  • Encourage industry to serve resource-poor women
  • Increase availability of life-enhancing value-added services
  • Promote solutions to women’s barriers to usage.

The programme aims to achieve these objectives by working with mobile operators, value-added service providers, and other mobile industry members, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other international development partners.

Visit each partner below:

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Millennia2015 International Conference – Women and eHealth

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Last week UNESCO hosted the Millennia2015 2nd International Conference, during which there was a special session on Women and eHealth. This session was led by Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, head of the Millennia2015 Women & eHealth Working Group (WeHealth), and featured presentations by: Dr. Kristie Holmes; Coumba Touré, head of Advanced Development for Africa; Mrs. Sylvie Coumel, head of Connecting Nurses, SANOFI Corporate; our Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, head of UniversalDoctor ; and others. (Full agenda)

Many interesting projects and research results were presented during this session. The WeHealth Working Group, launched in August 2010, established four dimensions of Women in the intersection of ICTs and Health: women as beneficiaries, healthcare professionals, ICT professionals, and leaders. The members of the WeHealth Working Group presented their findings from a two-year global study on Women, ICTs and Health. Below are some of the key findings of this research:

  • The main global issues that need to addressed include coordination of initiatives, gender and digital gaps, and access to health information.
  • The biggest barriers to uptake for women are: (1) cost, e.g. airtime is still too expensive making eHealth inaccessible to many; (2) more education is needed on the use, utility and benefits; and (3) adapting ICT solutions for the many languages and dialects present in our world today.
  • ICT solutions include TV and radio, mobiles and voice messaging, telemedicine, and free call lines, which can all be adapted for illiterate populations.

For more info, view the full presentation by Dr. Kristie Holmes.

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Coumba Touré presented the projects of Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) focused on cultivating women as leaders. One of ADA’s key initiatives is the Women Leaders Forum, which brings together First Ladies of several African countries, government officials and representatives from international and civil society organizations working on development and women’s issues each September in New York City. The 2012 Women Leaders Forum was attended by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, who focused on the importance of partnerships and women leadership by introducing two UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors, Ms. Naomi Watts and Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bachan. The event also focused on advances in technology and health, whereby participants discussed how mobile technologies could help scale up access to health for women and youth in low and middle-income countries.


Another project that was presented at the session was the Connecting Nurses global program, a partnership between four international nursing associations, supported by Sanofi, which aims to connect nurses to a dedicated online worldwide collaborative network to share ideas, advice and innovations. The Connecting Nurses forum will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources, championing nursing accomplishments and advancing nursing practice worldwide. Live testimonials of the success of the program were given during the session. Find out more through this video.

UniversalDoctor also presented 2 brand new projects in partnership with Millennia2015 focused on women and eHealth: UniversalNurses (video), which will tackle language barriers between nurses and patients, and UniversalWomen (video), which will focus on maternal health and other issues between healthcare professionals and pregnant women.

To get updates on the projects mentioned in this post, you can find them on Twitter:

Connecting Nurses: @ConnectingNurse

Advanced Development for Africa: @ADA_org

Millennia2015: @Millennia2015

UniversalDoctor Project: @UniversalDoctor

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