Each Newborn Care Unit will receive a resource tablet for parents. It will be used for waiting parents at hospitals or during parent support groups. The tablets will consist of:
- Video clips of former NCU parents sharing their experiences and words of encouragement
- Video interviews with nurses and doctors explaining the NCU environment (sights and sounds of the machines, smells, etc)
- Simple animations / photos that explain differences in appearance and behaviour of (sick) infants
- Tips / video's on how to care for newborns (kangaroo mother care, hygiene, nutrition, warning signs ...).
- Information on after-care at home.
Synergies: East Meets West, Hands to Hearts and VSO International
The tablets will create synergies between Hands to Hearts Early Childhood curriculum as well as the healthphone , which already has 2,500 videos in 77 languages. Note that this is off-line technology as smart phones with internet-connections are still very underdevelopped in (rural) Myanmar.
The tablet will serve as a training tool to empower parents with the skills and knowledge to nurture their children during the first five critical years of life. Exprienced volunteers from VSO international will be trained in the Hand to Hearts curriculum, and in turn, they will train - using the tablet - nurses, caregivers and/or parents at various hospitals and communities. Evidently, all videos and resources will be made contextually, culturally and linguistically appropriate. [7 Jan]: The tablets also function as are resource bank and parents / peer educators can take resources and ECD lessons from the tablet, put it on a memory card, and use it in their own communities.
Why do you think it might succeed?
It will work because there is real identified need for it. The Breath of Life program run by East Meets West is currently operational in 39 public hospitals in Myanmar. It provides life-saving neonatal equipment and training for health care workers. But the parents' anxiety and stress are felt by nurses and doctors every day. Hospitals have already confirmed their interests and cooperation. They believe their units will benefit tremendously from better resources. Volunteer nurses from VSO International will bridge local and international resources. They will also support the trainings in the Hands to Hearts curriculum, after which nurses or parents (m/f) will become certified Peer Educators and conduct sessions for parents at the hospitals. This can then blend into weekly with parent support groups, using the resource tablets.