“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin Closing the health workforce gap, so that local leaders and local professionals can meet local need, is not a short-term commitment. But improvements in the long-term necessitate reflection and data-based adjustments in strategy and implementation. Any effort to create lasting change must not only celebrate “progress” framed broadly, but also effectively measure improvement, evaluate impact, and learn – from both success and failure – so as to continuously improve upon its approach. And we take our commitment to continuous learning and improvement within our work seriously. Since 2013, Seed Global Health has partnered with the US Peace Corps and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to deploy volunteer nurses and physicians to teach and train medical and nursing students as part of a unique collaboration – the … Read More
Our hearts and thoughts are with our colleagues, the patients, and the community affected by today’s fire at Mangochi District Hospital in Mangochi, Malawi. Our friends at Mangochi have been our partners and our inspiration as we’ve worked side-by-side, and while we are thankful our visiting faculty at Mangochi are safe, our hearts break for this nightmare our local colleagues have had to endure. Through our Malawi country director, we will be on the ready to support their recovery in any way feasible. Increasing access to quality maternal and pediatric care has been a hallmark of Mangochi District Hospital, and we will support our friends and counterparts at Mangochi as they continue to provide the best care possible, even in the face of this tragedy.
Tomorrow marks the start of this year’s Skoll World Forum, an event focused on social entrepreneurship, innovation, and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. As in previous years, there promises to be robust conversation on increasing access to quality health services by leveraging the power of technology. With the supply of health workers in developing countries not meeting the demand, it is important to identify innovative technology that can help doctors, nurses, midwives, and community health workers provide effective and efficient patient care. With nearly two-thirds of the world’s population in possession of a cell phone, mobile health (mHealth) in particular has enormous potential to support health workers. Consider for a moment one way that mobile is being used to empower nurses. Research shows that often nurses feel unsupported in the workplace, and have to contend with outdated information, … Read More
Earlier this week, Seed Global Health CEO Dr. Vanessa Kerry joined health reporter Linord Moudou on Voice of America’s “Health Chat.” At Seed Global Health, we believe that investing in strong, locally-led health workforces is both an imperative and a long-term proposition. As Dr. Kerry noted in her interview, “to solve the really big problems… like a health care shortage — either on the sub-Saharan African continent, elsewhere in the world, or in your home in the U.S — it’s about looking long-term and making the right investments now that pay dividends in the future.” Listen to the full interview above to hear Dr. Kerry’s insights into the need for investment, the challenges of the current U.S. global health funding landscape, and the opportunities to harness novel approaches and youth passion for a healthier tomorrow.
The first week in April once again brings our annual commemoration of World Health Worker Week: a time to celebrate the work that health workers do and to acknowledge both the challenges they face and the evolving ecosystem they operate in. We know that health workers of all varieties play a critical role in supporting health service delivery, ensuring that individuals and families’ needs are met. But this World Health Worker Week, it’s important to focus on the role of health workers in strengthening global security and creating a safer world – and how necessary that role is as we look toward the future. When you think of global security what are the some of the first things that come to mind? You might think of war, military strength, and the power of diplomacy. However, one of the best investments … Read More
National Doctors’ Day is March 30th. Each year, this day gives us an opportunity to thank, celebrate, and reflect on the incredible physicians who have played a role in each of our lives. And at Seed Global Health, physicians play a huge part in our work, serving as volunteer medical educators in order to help teach and train the next generation of providers and educators. This year, we shine the spotlight on one of our amazing OB/GYN volunteers, Gail Yanowitch. Gail served as a volunteer OB/GYN educator from 2016 to 2017 teaching and training alongside local counterparts at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Mangochi, Malawi. After completing her service, Gail then went back to Mangochi in early 2018. In a returning role, Gail continued the work she began the year before, both training fourth-year Malawian medical students … Read More
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a devastating disease that disproportionately affects developing countries: today, over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. World TB Day is commemorated each year on March 24th to raise awareness around the devastating consequences of tuberculosis (TB). Access to health is a fundamental human right – skilled health professionals are the leaders who can help prevent, treat, and end TB around the world. Nurses, midwives, doctors and health providers on the ground, in developing countries have a clear view of how TB affects their communities. The Kingdom of Swaziland has the world’s highest incidence rate of TB, with 80% of TB cases co-infected with HIV. We interviewed Volunteer Educator Yohannes Wondimagegnehu, RN, BSN, MPH who teaches community health nursing at the University of Swaziland as a guest lecturer through the Global Health Service Partnership … Read More
Every country should have a strong health workforce so that all people can access the care they need to live healthy and productive lives. And at the backbone of a strong health workforce are doctors, nurses and midwives who are trained, confident, and ready ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has equal access to high quality care. Seed Global Health believes that excellence in education is the cornerstone of health professionals’ success. And we strive to support this vision, partnering with U.S. academic institutions allow us to deepen the quality and sustainability of the training and teaching we support in five African countries. “By pairing healthcare volunteers from universities and medical and nursing schools across the United States with local health professionals in countries like Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, we create a ripple effect of shared knowledge,” explains … Read More
From core clinical skills to more advanced practices, Seed Global Health volunteer educators strengthen in-country health professional education, in nursing and medicine, to help the next generation of health providers meet local needs. Often, this goes beyond lecturing students in a classroom or instructing trainees in the clinic. Providing the most comprehensive training often requires materials, supplies, and learning opportunities commonly unavailable at our partner institutions. But thanks to Seed Global Health’s unique Program Support Resources Initiative (PSRI), volunteer educators can receive support to give their students and colleagues the education needed to produced highly skilled clinicians. Since 2013, PSRI has awarded volunteer educators and their in-country colleagues small grants to purchase equipment, host learning opportunities or training workshops, and obtain clinical supplies. These awards aim to support an educational goal identified by our partner academic institutions. In 5 years, … Read More
She is a nurse. She is midwife. She is a surgeon. She is essential to the healthcare care we receive. The role women play in the health workforce globally – and here at home – cannot be overstated. Their action, their passion and their dedication to their practice often can be the difference between life and death for millions of people around the world every day. They are a force of their own, working sometimes in the extraordinarily difficult conditions: crisis areas, resource-depleted clinics, and cultures where they are asked to save lives but giving little respect. And women in the health workforce typically earn less than their male counterparts — and in some cases, they earn little or nothing at all. The statistics are well-known and often-cited. More than 70 percent of the global health workforce are women. Women’s … Read More