Clinical Education for Liberia’s Midwives

Karen Shulman, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Seed Global HealthBlog, Liberia, Midwifery

Dr. Nicole Geller, a nurse midwife, is in her second year of service as a visiting clinician and educator, teaching and training nurses and midwives in Liberia. Nicole shared her thoughts with me recently on why clinical education is an important component in the education of Liberia’s future midwives. -KS Clinical education is one of the two most important parts of midwife’s education.  It is where we learn to use our brains the most.  All of our senses are simultaneously gathering the information we need for a diagnosis.  In clinical, what we see will be seen again, what they hear will be heard again, what they smell and touch will also present again. The clinical instructor is a large part of the educating of a student midwife.  Part of clinical education includes the translation of findings.  Interpreting the student’s experience … Read More

Training a Generation of Liberian Nurse Anesthetists

Daisy WinnerBlog, Liberia, Nursing

The work of Mr. Wilmot M. Fassah, a Liberian nurse anesthetist, is truly remarkable. From 1989-2003, his country was ravaged by a civil war that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians. More recently, an Ebola outbreak further devastated the country, infecting and killing thousands more. The health system in the country remains a fragile and understaffed. Despite these monumental challenges, Mr. Fassah maintained his steadfast dedication to training nurses in anesthesia patient care. He alone is responsible for training more than 80 percent of the nurse anesthetists in Liberia. We recently spoke with Mr. Fassah, who is now the Director of Anesthesia Programs at Phebe Paramedical Training Centre School of Nursing. How did you get involved in nursing anesthesia?  WF: I trained at the Phebe School of Nursing in the 1970s. After graduating I became a nurse … Read More

Nicole Geller: Reflections on a Year of Service

Daisy WinnerBlog, Liberia, Midwifery

I have served as a Nurse Educator in Liberia for nearly a year, and have learned more in these months of service than I have in a long time. Every day, I am inspired by another challenge. And while I am not sure I could have done this work earlier in my career – I think I needed to grow into my role and gain some diverse experiences to feel confident – I do often feel like a new nurse, challenged and inspired, all over again. Most of all, I learned this year that no matter where I go or how long I work as a nurse, when I walk into a new clinical setting, I will be tested. My background is very different than my Liberian colleagues and it took time to adjust to my surroundings. But my fellow midwives … Read More

Resilience in the Face of Despair

Daisy WinnerBlog, Liberia, Medicine

Each year between 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labor without adequate medical intervention. Women who suffer from an obstetric fistula are left with chronic incontinence, and often, a stillborn baby. The constant leaking of urine or feces means women face humiliation and stigmatization, as they become isolated by family members, friends, and communities. It is estimated that more than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. If left untreated, fistula can lead to chronic medical problems and even death, but surgery can normally repair the injury. Physician Educator, Dr. Corrine (Cori) Maund has been teaching in Liberia for the last year. Cori had never encountered a case of obstetric fistula until last September, just a few weeks after arriving … Read More

National Doctors’ Day 2017

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Liberia, Medicine

As we celebrate National Doctors’ Day today, we reflect on the life-saving work of physicians across the country, and celebrate the substantial contributions of our Volunteer physicians who treat patients, train educators, and save lives. We are proud of our Seed Global Health staff physicians and the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers includes extremely dedicated physicians whose commitment to caring for patients extends beyond the hospital. By working to help educate the next generation of doctors in low-resource settings, they are helping to guarantee that more patients have access to qualified and trained clinicians. We spoke with two of the doctors who inspire us and live out this commitment to a healthier future: Dr. Sad Sayeed, Chief Medical Officer at Seed Global Health, and Dr. Corinne Maund, a GHSP Physician Educator in Liberia. Dr. Sad Sayeed Dr. Sayeed is … 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

Incoming GHSP Volunteer Nicole Geller – “Excited to become a better teacher, a better clinician, and a better person”

Andrew MarxBlog, Featured, Liberia, Nursing, Uncategorized

In December 2015, Nicole Geller, a nurse-midwife with over two decades of clinical and teaching experience, was the 275th (and very last) person to apply to the Global Health Service Partnership for placement in 2016-2017. Now Geller is looking forward to being one of the very first GHSP Volunteers deployed to Liberia. “I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for this opportunity to teach in Liberia,” Geller said. “I appreciate every part of the opportunity – that it is so well organized, that it is structured, that I am given some lead time to prepare, and that I am going to be put right in the center of what needs to be done.” Geller traces her path to GHSP and Liberia all the way back to her childhood. Growing up as “a minority in a minority” on … Read More

Peace Corps and Seed Announce GHSP Expansion to Liberia

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Liberia, Uncategorized

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