Strengthening mental health care in Malawi

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Nursing

From Seattle to Senegal, the importance of skilled mental health care is universal. But in some parts of the world – such as Malawi, where Seed partners to send Global Health Services Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers – availability of skilled mental health professionals is scarce. Amelia Rutter was working in a community and mental health integrated care clinic in Washington state when she found out about GHSP. Despite the thousands of miles that separated her from her eventual placement in Malawi, as a GHSP Nurse Educator, she was drawn to the opportunity to help teach the next generation of mental health educators in a resource-limited health system. And what she found was that the mental health issues facing even incredibly different communities are largely the same. “What is so interesting is yes, there are culturally different ways of addressing mental health … Read More

“Why did this mother die?”

Daisy WinnerBlog, Tanzania, Uncategorized

During Dr. Abel Mussa’s internship, he was one of eight doctors in a hospital department that saw about 400 patients a day. Dr. Mussa performed more than 200 C-sections during his training, and frequently noticed that mothers would often not survive the surgical procedure. After a number of tragic outcomes, he began to dig for answers. “Why did this mother die?” Dr. Mussa recalled asking himself, “I could not sleep – I was losing my courage  – it was very troubling…I discovered that during a C-section, the woman is under general anesthesia and there are a number of complications that they can encounter that would cause them to lose their life… I completely changed. I had to tell the head doctor, I want to finish this year and then I am going to back to school and I am going … Read More

Seed Helps Organize Antimicrobial Resistance Conference in Mbale Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

Drug and antibiotic resistance is increasingly becoming a global problem, and having more and more of an impact on patient care and health.  On November 21st and 22nd in Mbale Uganda, various stakeholders came together at the first National Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance.  The conference brought participants from the World Health Organization, The Ministry of Health, The National Animal Industry and Fisheries, as well as leaders in laboratory sciences, clinical practice, and veterinary medicine.  The conference focused on finding new and innovative ways to create a multi-sector response to the issue.  Also in attendance were medical students from Busitema University, a supporter of the conference .  Seed had the opportunity to talk to a few of them and hear about what inspired them to pursue a career in medicine, and how they hope to make a difference in their community … Read More

Let’s Support Safe Anesthesia Practices

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Tanzania

Anesthesia remains an often overlooked area of health care in low and middle income countries (LMICs), where there is a critical shortage of trained anesthesiologists. In Tanzania for example, there are only 22 medical doctor anesthesiologists for 47 million residents (source: http://thelancet.com). Without the ability for health systems to offer safe anesthesia to patients in need of surgery, surgically treatable conditions will continue to be a leading cause of death. Recognizing this critical shortage of trained anesthesiologists, Seed Global Health (Seed) would like to support education and training to increase capacity in this specialty in Tanzania. Eighty percent of the funds raised from this campaign will support four Masters in Medicine (MMed) Anesthesiology residents at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania over the next three academic years. The remaining funds will support various equipment … Read More

Marie Claire’s Young Women’s Honors – Dr. Vanessa Kerry

Daisy WinnerBlog, News

Seed Global Health co-founder and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry will be honored at Marie Claire’s first annual Young Women’s Honors. She is one of a number of incredible women being honored for their dedication to making the world a better place for everyone. The event will celebrate young women who are breaking down barriers and truly changing the world. Other honorees include Simone Biles, the gymnastics powerhouse who is the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Fereshteh Forough, the founder of Code to Inspire who is empowering women and girls in Afghanistan with technical literacy; and Amanda Nguyen, who worked with members of Congress to create a bill protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors. In total there are 10 inspiring women being honored at the event, and in addition First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let Girls Learn initiative … Read More

A Young Anesthesiologist is Making a Difference in Tanzania

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Tanzania

In Tanzania, a country with only 22 anesthesiologists for more than 49 million people, guaranteeing your time spent in the hospital will be pain free, can be hard to secure. As a young anesthesiologist, Lukasola “Luka”, is committed to providing his patients the care needed to control and manage their pain. Luka is one of the four Masters in Medicine (MMed) Anesthesiology residents at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) that Seed Global Health has committed to supporting over the next three academic years. For Luka, it was his experience in a district hospital that inspired him to pursue anesthesiology, “I was working as a medical practitioner at a district hospital. And we were having very poor patients who were not recovering well. And I discovered that one of the reasons why we were having very poor output … Read More

There Is Strength in Numbers – A letter to Tanzanian Mothers

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Tanzania

“There is Strength in Numbers”: A letter from GHSP Nurse Educator and Midwife, Tess Weidner, to the mothers of Tanzania.  Dear Tanzanian mothers, Mimi ninaitwa Tess. Mimi ni mkunga. Mimi ni hapa kukusaidia. My name is Tess. I am a midwife. I am here to help. I know that I have already learned more from you than I could ever give back. I may not speak fluent Swahili and I certainly do not have all the skills or resources to save every baby or to heal every woman, but I am here. I am by your side. I promise I will do my best to stay true to myself and stand by you in moments of happiness and sorrow. I will try to share my strength by holding your hand, offering a simple smile, or resting next to you in silence. … Read More

Teacher and Student Find Inspiration in Each Other – Mary and Shamim

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Uganda

When Mary Sebert arrived at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as a GHSP Nurse Educator in 2013, Shamim Ndagire was starting her final year as a nursing student. Despite three years of training, Shamim was still feeling apprehensive about treating patients. But with Mary’s teaching and guidance, today Shamim is a practicing nurse working at an Intensive Care Unit in Uganda. Mary also learned from her students, including Shamim, and improved her skills as an educator. Three years later, Mary and Shamim have remained friends. Recently Mary and Shamim reconnected to share the impact each has had on their own lives.    —————————————————————– Shamim –  About Mary… If I hadn’t worked with Mary at university, I am not so sure if I would be practicing nursing right now. I was very encouraged by her because for three years I … Read More