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
A Liberian press release describes the kind words of thanks, congratulations, and inspiration Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave to two-year Peace Corp volunteers and one-year GHSP volunteers at a special swearing-in ceremony. The full press release can be found here.
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
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