One of our IIDEA Projects participates at Women Deliver Conference in Canada Dr. Desire Habonimana, CEO at Health Healing Network Burundi was invited to the Global Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver Canada. International Women deliver conference was the conference held in Vancouver, Canada June 3-6, 2019.
The successful IIDEA project Mobile Platform for Maternal Heath was shared with various players and donors in the field of maternal health. The project consists of a digital initiative that enables information sharing, pregnancy monitoring and education among nurses, community health workers and pregnant women in rural settings of Burundi and Rwanda. Success stories and evidence from the project were showcased and discussed with multiple stakeholders such as UNFPA, Amplify Change, Medela Healthcare, USAID, JPHGO and many more during the conference in Vancouver.
During the conversation, Dr. Habonimana emphasized the recommendation from partners in Burundi and the East Africa region of piloting the evidence from the recently completed maternal health technology to an urban and semi-urban setting before the scale up phase. Conversation yielded a promising collaboration and support from a good number including Medela health care from which the project coordination received a donation The vacuum technology — which is used to manage complicated deliveries while reducing both maternal and neonatal complications including the high rates of emergency caesarean sections — is an innovative machine, user-friendly, manually handled and does not require electricity. It is suitable to rural and poor settings within the Burundian and African contexts.
Today, Health Healing Network Burundi, in collaboration with local and international partners, is working to pilot the Mobile Platform to urban and semi-urban settings in Burundi and Rwanda. Further developments will be shared with partners and the public.