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On the 17th and 18th of November we celebrated group care worldwide, in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands. We learned so much from all of your projects, your experiences and your feedback. Thank you and hopefully see you again next time!
Due to Covid-19 the GC_1000 annual General Assembly meeting took place online on January 18-20 2022. The meeting was attended by all ten organisations. We are impressed that the consortium managed to perform most of the trainings, with all the limitations due to COVID-19. We hope we can continue with our GC_1000 project as intended and be able to improve antenatal care and postnatal care in seven countries over the coming two years!
The brochure for stakeholders about the GC_1000 project explains what group care for the first 1000 days is about. Click on the image below to download the PDF version of the brochure.
Feel free to share the brochure with anyone who might be interested in group care for the first 1000 days!
The animation about the GC_1000 project premieres on september 23rd on our Youtube channel! It's a great teaser on what group care for the first 1000 days is about. Feel free to share the animation with anyone who might be interested in group care for the first 1000 days!
On April 1st GC_1000 had the first External Advisory Board meeting. The External Advisory Board consist of:
Petra ten Hoope-Bender
These amazing people will guide our project with their knowledge, expertise and network. We are sure we will learn a lot!
In 2020, Group Care Global (GCG), together with partners in seven countries, launched GC_1000. GCG's main role in GC_1000 is to lead Work Package 4 (WP4) to guide and support timely implementation and sustaining of specific group care protocols (antenatal, postnatal+) in demonstration sites in seven countries. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, GCG knew that the only way to have consistent global reach would be to use virtual learning as one core way to provide initial orientation to the group care model. With the pandemic, virtual platforms have become a standard way for people to meet, learn, and interact. Our work in GC_1000 is no different.
To develop the virtual modules, GCG partnered with CAI Global, a diverse, mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care and social services delivered to marginalized populations worldwide. The modules are linked with GCG's Site Implementation Guide and serve as a partner's first step towards model
implementation. GCG Consultants partner with country lead and health care sites to then offer training and ongoing support to site staff so that implementation proceeds smoothly. GCG and CAI developed 12 interactive online learning modules, The learning modules and accompanying training videos are designed to meet the needs of learners around the world as they implement Centering-based group care in their communities and to help local partners assess their readiness, potential challenges, and assets for their model implementation. Site staff and GCG consultant experiences will help to further refine the modules, providing site-level feedback about the appropriateness, usefulness, and applicability of the information and formats for diverse sites around the world.
Future plans include a robust evaluation of the modules’ effectiveness and level of user engagement, and enhanced elements such as translation, country-specific graphics, and accessibility features.
Please find below the instructions for creating an account to access the Group Care Implementation Modules (12).
STEP 1: go to the MODULE HOME PAGE
STEP 2: Click, Create new account
STEP 3: Type in all information marked with an exclamation point in a red circle
Note: Please include your country, even if that is not a mandatory field (we will change the system so it will be mandatory. If not based in the United States, please indicate "Other" in the box marked "State"
The Ghanaian National Steering Committee members have been very receptive of the project and provided very good suggestions and feedback during our maiden meeting held on the 23rd February 2021.
We received the following suggestions from NSC:
Dissemination and information Feedback from stakeholders and Next steps
Mrs. Teiko Sarba gave the closing remarks. She encouraged all members to come together to make the goals set achievable and provide the requisite guidance for a possible scale up of group care in the future.
Due to Covid-19 the GC_1000 annual General Assembly meeting took place online on January 20 & 21 2021. 31 people attended the meeting from all ten organisations. We are impressed that our partners continue to perform their tasks, with all the limitations of our current societies. We hope we can continue with our GC_1000 project as intended and be able to improve antenatal care and postnatal care in seven countries over the coming years!
GC_1000 was mentioned in a presentation at the Yale-based Health Innovation Conference, 2020 Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference (April 4-5, 2020), Sharon Schindler Rising presented "Group Care for the First 1000 Days: The Case for Better Outcomes," To access the presentation and all presentations, please click here and the system will send a password: https://slate.uniteforsight.org/register/?id=caafa1c9-283c-4547-a683-a6b4e8d2373d
Due to Covid-19 the GC_1000 annual Executive Board meeting took place online on September 22-24 2020. We had three days of intensive and interactive presentations and discussions. We learned a lot about the phases of the project and what we need in the coming months. 34 people attended the meeting from all ten organisations. We are thankful that we have the technology during this crisis to continue our work to improve healthcare for pregnant women and parents!
The GC_1000 project held its first consortium meeting involving all the partners in Leiden, the Netherlands on 19-21 February 2020. A total of 33 participants from all the 10 institutions attended the meeting
Partners were asked to present on themselves, their interest and role in project, as well as the current status of implementing group care in their country. Sharon Rising presented the group care model. All work package leaders presented their workpackages.
The next meeting will be held in Pristina, Kosovo in September 2020.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 848147. This website reflects only the authors' view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.