As a nurse, a midwife, an educator, and a public health leader, Rebecca Munger has dedicated her career to providing, teaching, and advocating for quality health care for women.
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is expanding to Liberia as its fifth partner country for the 2016-2017 academic year. The program will place volunteer physicians and nurses in medical and nursing schools to teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of education, and ultimately, improve care for patients. The Peace Corps announced the expansion in a press release issued on March 29. You can read the release here. “We are indeed grateful to the Peace Corps for their incredible role creating the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) and cementing a partnership with Seed Global Health aimed at informing capacity building and skills transfer, which will inevitably lead to tremendous improvement in the healthcare sector,” said Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The expansion of GHSP to Liberia follows in the wake of the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West … Read More
Seed Global Health CEO Vanessa Kerry and Seed’s work training the next generation of health professionals in Africa were spotlighted in an extended news segment broadcast March 3 on WCBV, Boston’s ABC network affiliate. The segment appeared as part of a regular news feature called “5 for Good” that profiles Boston residents who are working to make the city and the world a better place. The report has also been posted on the WCVB website, where it is captioned “A Boston doctor is not only committed to patients locally, but also people in need half a world away.” In addition to an interview with Kerry conducted at Seed’s Boston headquarters, the report uses archival footage to show Kerry and several nurses and doctors volunteering in Africa as part of Seed’s flagship program – the Global Health Service Partnership, a joint initiative with … Read More
“The connections between disease and poverty — and between health and economic development — are clear and they are compelling. I just wish they were better recognized and made central to every conversation about economic growth and investment.” That was the main message Seed co-founder and CEO Vanessa Kerry brought home from the World Economic Forum last month and shared in an article published on the Huffington Post. In a high-level panel discussing “Africa’s Next Challenge,” Kerry noted, “nobody addressed what is arguably the single biggest challenge facing African countries and their economies: the crushing burden of disease that shortens lives, stunts education, employment, and productivity, impoverishes families and communities, and hamstrings economic growth.” In her article, Kerry points out that nearly one out of 10 African children dies before reaching her fifth birthday, compared to roughly one in 140 … Read More
In 2012, more than 8 million people died from cancer and 14 million new cases were diagnosed – with well over half the cases and two-thirds of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). By 2030, the global burden is expected to grow to 21.7 million new cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths. And the burden will be concentrated even more in LMICs, where scarce resources and critical shortages of trained health professionals often prevent patients from accessing the care they need. An estimated 1.9 million to 3 million cancer deaths could be avoided each year in LMICs with effective prevention and treatment. Every year on February 4 we recognize World Cancer Day to highlight the on-going fight against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths each year by raising cancer awareness … Read More
[January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – a fitting time for a story about our support for Tanzania’s efforts to scale up prevention and treatment of the cancer that causes more deaths than any other among African women.] Cervical cancer is almost 100 percent preventable. Screening and treatment can detect and eliminate pre-cancerous lesions before cancer develops, and vaccines have been developed that are effective against the strains of the human papillomavirus that cause most cervical cancer. But every year, more than 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 266,000 women die from the disease. An overwhelming majority of these women (over 85 percent) live and die in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer ranks as the leading cause of cancer and cancer deaths for women in sub-Saharan Africa. And Eastern Africa suffers from by far the highest … Read More