Devex: Opinion: The economic case for reproductive rights

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Uncategorized

Good health is critical to advancing economic opportunities for women and the societies in which they live. Decades of data have already shown the power of good health to positively transform economies — and what poor health does to undermine them. One extra year of life expectancy has been shown to raise gross domestic product per capita by about 4 percent. Nearly one-quarter of growth in low- and middle-income countries from 2001-2011 came out of improvements in health. There is, however, a unique case to be made for investing specifically in women’s health. Despite progress made and years of evidence-based advocacy, a startling fact remains: Nowhere in the world do women have full control over their health because of the limitations and barriers to effective, open sexual and reproductive health care. A new report by the United Nations Population Fund, “The … Read More

Thanking the World’s Health Workers

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

In some countries, like the United States, this time of year begins a season of celebration with family and friends, and reflection on the year that is coming to a close. While at first blush, the year may feel tumultuous with many challenges, there is a great deal for which we are grateful here at Seed Global Health. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts, commitment, and mission of the Seed team and our partners, we launched Sharing Knowledge, Saving Lives: Seed Global Health’s 5 Year Plan to Strengthen Health Systems. Central to that strategic plan is the immense contributions and power of the healthcare workforce to help solve many of the entrenched problems we face in health. As we initiate this season of gratitude, we want to acknowledge those healthcare workers on the frontlines who carry the flag for better health … Read More

Improving Newborn, Infant, and Child Health in Uganda

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Medicine, Uganda

Three years ago, Dr. Lisa Rynn worked as a visiting pediatric lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital in Uganda through the Seed Global Health/Global Health Service Partnership. This month, Lisa returned to Uganda to work as a Seed Educator at Busitema University and spoke to us about her experience. Could you tell us a little bit about your experience as a visiting lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital? I gave lectures and clinical teaching to the 3rd and 5th year students during their pediatrics rotations. I also helped support the interns and medical officers working in the pediatrics ward at Lacor Hospital. On most days, my experience was a mix of overwhelming, humbling, and rewarding. There always seemed to be a lot of things I wanted to accomplish in the day, students to teach, and patients to see. … Read More

Strengthening Pediatric Capacity to Improve Health Outcomes

Seed Global HealthArchives, Blog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

When a child is sick in the U.S., a pediatrician is often there to help deliver care, support the parent, and help the whole family return to wellness. But in far too many places around the world, our youngest and most vulnerable lack equal access to quality pediatric care. We discussed the value of building pediatric health capacity with Dr. Kiran Mitha, Seed’s Director of Pediatric Programs, to understand how she and Seed will support physicians in their efforts to improve health outcomes for newborns, infants, and children. Seed Global Health recently announced a new five-year strategy to improve health and save lives. How do you see pediatrics as core to Seed’s mission to strengthen health systems? Seed’s five-year strategy includes maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) as one of 3 key areas of focus. As a global community, we’ve … Read More

Family Nurse Practitioners: Essential to Eswatini’s Health

Julie Anathan, RN, MPHBlog, Nursing, Swaziland, Uncategorized

Nurses are the lifeblood of a thriving health system. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s entire health workforce are nurses and midwives. And in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), nurses play a particularly important role in this nurse-driven national health system. To help meet this essential need, Seed Global Health has partnered with University of Eswatini (UNESWA) to strengthen nursing by building a versatile and relevant advancing nursing discipline in the country: the family nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner role began in the United States in 1965 for registered nurses who obtained masters level education and clinical experience to prepare them to assess, diagnose, manage, and educate patients across the health spectrum. Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) not only deliver this breadth of primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of … Read More

Our Push on Policy

Seed Global HealthArchives, Blog, Featured, News, Sharing Strengthening Saving

Effective policy is essential to nurturing the supportive context required for health professionals to provide the best possible care. From the integration of EMTCT into national HIV/AIDS strategies to the prioritization of women and girls as key populations for addressing health inequity, we’ve seen time and time again that supportive policy can be the catalyst that allows capacity building, practice improvement, and human-centered innovation to reach maximum scale and maximum impact. Policy is one of three major pillars of Seed Global Health’s new 5-year strategy.  The decision is very intentional. We firmly believe that engaging policymakers and institutional policy influencers can and will help to redefine the value of health with human potential and skill at the core. Building health capacity and healthcare leadership requires human expertise at all levels. But whether in the clinic or the classroom, skilled health … Read More

Empowering Girls for a Healthier World

Seed Global HealthArchives, Blog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Women represent 70% of the world’s health workforce. Whether we are talking about community health workers, surgeons, nurses and midwives, or informal caregivers, the contributions of women to healthier communities and countries is undeniable. With unique insight into the health needs of women and girls, female health workers are particularly well positioned to fill essential gaps in health care delivery, including gender-competent family planning services and breastfeeding as part of maternal-newborn care. Seed Global Health educates a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care in order to improve health and save lives. And we know that with women comprising such a large part of the professional health workforce, we must pay special attention to the women who will serve as physicians, nurses, and midwives, as their advanced training and professional expertise will be critical to addressing … Read More

Addressing Misconceptions and Eliminating the Stigma: Mental Health in Malawi

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, Malawi, Medicine

According to the World Health Organization, one half of all mental illness starts by the age of 14, but most cases remain untreated. World Mental Health Day, marked every year on October 10, provides a moment to pause and recognize the need to prioritize access to mental health care, remove the stigma and raise awareness for the treatment and prevention of mental illness worldwide. To learn more about misconceptions in mental health, we spoke with former volunteer Amelia Rutter. She served in Malawi from 2016-2017 at St. John of God College of Health Sciences. She spoke of  her time in Malawi, and how it has continued to impact her work as a family nurse practitioner now that she’s home in the United States. .   How did you initially become involved with Seed Global Health/Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), and … Read More

What We Are Reading: UNGA Week In Review

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, News

Check out some of the top headlines from #UNGA73! Bill and Melinda Gates: The world’s priority should be poverty reduction in Africa (Quartz, September 18) Bill and Melinda Gates say improving health and education in Africa should be the world’s priority. Ripple Effect: The Expansive Impact of NCDs (Devex, Philips, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, September 20) Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for a staggering 70 percent of global deaths. Ripple Effect seeks to explain just a few of these challenges through the perspective of health care workers and individuals living with NCDs in three different countries. Opinion: Skilled health workers are the foundation of a healthy world (Devex, September 21) Authored by Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry: People are at the heart of the health system in any country. Yet while the evidence shows that we must … Read More

Devex: Opinion: Skilled health workers are the foundation of a healthy world

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Medicine, News

The United Nations General Assembly opened this week with nine days of general debate and discussion focused on creating equitable societies all over the world. As leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector gather for this annual pulse-check on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, it’s heartening to see our leaders elevating the cross-cutting role good health plays in creating prosperity and peace across the globe. This year’s UNGA will feature three high-level meetings on health — one on tuberculosis, one on noncommunicable diseases, and another on access to universal health care. These convenings are encouraging. TB remains the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 10.4 million new cases of TB in 2016. And according to the World Health Organization, of the 56.9 million deaths in 2016 globally, more than 71 percent were due to NCDs — cardiovascular … Read More