It is always very rejuvenating to be surrounded by so many bright people like you. Here is my journey
I began my career 15 years ago as a Midwife, realizing every birth, would be a small step towards my ultimate goal of becoming a midwife. I am so very thankful for all of the Ethiopia Ministry Of Health and the rural community that have allowed me to serve them as they welcomed their blessing into their arms. I remember there was no adequate water, electricity, technology and effective transporting to provide the service. Most women they never had and don’t want to have family planning because they think it will kill them. I remember the contact I made with one of the NGO, helped me to access computer services including opening my first email account! I remember interacting with colleagues across primary, secondary and tertiary care services was challenging. Even midwives were not able to give routine care during normal deliveries and identify and manage complications of childbirth before they become life threatening. The most difficult moments were when I see a case where I can’t do anything. For example, I remember I had a patient who had been operated on for Placenta Previa was in comma because she was severely bleeding. All this challenge made me to develop tools and strategy to support midwives. After I moved to Canada, i learnt that how ICT empower health care workers to promote change and foster development. I was looking for resources, opportunities, and job focusing toward delivering low cost and midwife friendly initiatives. I was lucky and got the opportunity to support similar program funded by Global Affair Canada. My Mentor and I started the first MNCH biweekly e- newsletter for the midwives across Africa. The purpose of this e- newsletter is to give you a twice-monthly summary of some recent publications and to keep midwives informed on Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Care in in Africa and beyond. We reached out enormous midwives which make me always proud. I learned how ICT empowers me to grow without limit.
We are started small initiative to support midwives address their challenges. I believe that ICT is the thread that has the potential to connect everyone and everything important around the world, including in the area of health. My new initiative called "The Midwives Consult Mobile App " This app will design for the front-line midwives, mothers, senior midwives at regional and referral hospitals are interlinked and helps for decision making during the crucial times of medical emergencies. As delay of early referral is the leading cause of maternal death in Africa. It will also help in accelerating the decision making process for the front-line midwives, as they will be able to access all consultation on their own device from the remote location. Moreover, midwives can also take their own photos of visual presentations of certain conditions and share them with midwives to get a valuable opinion. Hope this model will safeguard comprehensive timely and precise information for midwives while there are providing services and also save live.
I wish you all a very enjoyable Girls in ICTs Day.
Meseret HaileyesusGirls in ICT Day