Dr. Ewarko Obuku: Strengthening Uganda’s Health Workforce

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda, Uncategorized

Last month a variety of stakeholders gathered to discuss the state of medical education, health worker training, and career development in Uganda. Supported by Seed Global Health, the meeting brought together various partners from academic institutions, professional societies, government agencies and international organizations to discuss gaps in medical training in Uganda. We spoke with the Secretary General of the Uganda Medical Association, Dr. Obuku Ekwaro, to talk about the challenges facing medical education in Uganda, solutions on the table at this important, multilateral meeting. What is the need for health workers in Uganda? There’s a serious shortage of health care workers in Uganda. The latest data shows that there are less than two health workers for every 1,000 people. And that number has not changed substantially even despite the increase in population in Uganda. The current framework and policy around … Read More

Meet Lillian: Defying “Tradition” to Pursue her Medical Dreams

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Tanzania, Uncategorized

There are only 3 physicians for every 100,000 people in Tanzania. Even fewer of those providers are female, with some reports stating that only one-third of physicians in the country are women. But in one woman’s bold pursuit of a dream for a healthier world, tradition takes a backseat. Medical intern Lillian Alphonce Mbuni isn’t discouraged by the lack of female representation in her field: “Women make great physicians,” she says. “Women understand things differently than men. And they bring a different perspective that makes them great caregivers and health care providers.” Last year, Lillian spent her vacation volunteering at the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic at Sengerema District Hospital alongside Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Physician Educator Dr. Siobhan McCarty-Singleton. Together, they provided no-cost care to women who visited the clinic . “I learned so much from her,” says Lillian, … Read More

Women in the Lead: Reflections from Seed + Friends on #IWD2017

Zack LangwayBlog, Nursing, Uncategorized

In honor of International Women’s Day 2017, we asked leaders from Seed and Massachusetts General Hospital to reflect on what it means to #BeBoldForChange in our shared mission to strengthen health systems. Erin Barr – Director of Operations at Seed Global Health Half of the world’s population is female.  Our active representation on all levels of healthcare delivery–as mothers, caretakers, healthcare workers, teachers, administrators, analysts, researchers–creates health systems that are sensitive and responsive to the rights and needs of women. In her 1995 address to the UN, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton remarked that,  “[I]f women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish… And when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish.” Taking her idea further, if our health systems focus on addressing the health of women, then our families, communities and nations will flourish. Women know best … Read More

A Midwife’s Bold Commitment to Change in Liberia

Daisy WinnerBlog, Liberia

Far too many women die in childbirth. Far too many newborns never breathe the first breath of their life. Far too many pregnancies remain at-risk from lack of adequate care. Liberia, where Seed Global Health places nursing and midwifery educators as part of the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), has fewer than 200 trained midwives for more than 4 million people. To guarantee a women’s right to health care, to save the lives of more mothers, and their babies, a robust workforce of qualified midwives is critical. Sharika Franklyn, a Global Health Service Partnership Nurse Educator and midwife, works in Liberia, alongside a small but dedicated midwifery faculty at Phebe Paramedical Training Centre, to train and educate the next generation of midwives in the country. Motivated to strengthen the training of the midwifery students at Phebe, Shakira recently took the … Read More

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