Collaborating Across Sectors to Improve Child Health Outcomes in Malawi

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Last month, the Paediatrics and Child Health Association of Malawi hosted their first conference, Using a Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Improve Child Health Outcomes in Malawi. Sponsored by Seed Global Health, the Global Health Service Partnership, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and GIZ, the conference brought together over 200 participants, including Child health nurses, midwives, pediatricians, social workers, legal practitioners, and Ministry of Health representatives, to develop innovative and multi-sectoral solutions to ensuring the healthy growth and development of children all over Malawi. To learn about the outcomes and successes of the conference we spoke to two of the organizers: Dr. Bridget Malewezi, Seed Global Health’s Malawi Country Director, and Mr. Maureen D. Majamanda, Senior Lecturer from the Pediatric Nursing Department at Kamuzu College of Nursing. What inspired the conference?  Dr. Bridget Malewezi (BM): Under the Global Health Service … Read More

Local Leadership Delivering for Families

Jennifer Coulombe, Senior Manager, Business Development, Seed Global HealthBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Nursing

When it comes to providing the best care, local leaders know what is most needed. That’s why our model at Seed Global Health centers on partnerships with local nursing and medicine leaders, investing in them and their staff as we seek to build capacity and expand delivery of quality care together, as partners. We’re proud to partner with Daeyang University in Lilongwe, Malawi to help teach and train the next generation of providers, and proud to collaborate with Dr. Douglas Lungu, Vice Chancellor of Daeyang. We were able to sit down with Dr. Lungu recently and hear his thoughts on strengthening nursing and medicine teaching within the hospital. Jennifer Coulombe (JC): Thank you for your leadership, Dr. Lungu. We’ve enjoyed a strong collaboration in nursing so far. What are you hoping to see as you look to strengthen medicine at … Read More

Science to Practice to Policy: International AIDS Society Conference 2017

Brittney van de Water, PhD, RN, CPNPBlog, Malawi, Nursing

The science of improving health underpins the professional community’s ability to provide adequate care for those facing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and many other infectious diseases. And every two years, the International AIDS Society (IAS) convenes a scientific conference to share and discuss research and findings within HIV/AIDS and other disease areas. In fact, the IAS meeting is the largest open science conference on HIV/AIDS-related issues for a variety of researchers and clinicians. The focus of the conference is to move science into practice and policy – and as a newly minted PhD, I am excited to be attending the upcoming meeting in Paris, France to present part of my doctoral dissertation as an oral presentation. My dissertation, which I completed at Duke University School of Nursing, focused on age-appropriate treatment for individuals with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in South Africa. Specifically, I … Read More

Respectful Maternity Care in Midwifery

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Midwifery

A mother has an unplanned Caesarian and her tubes are tied without her consent. A woman is scolded when her child dies of malaria when she admits he was not sleeping under a mosquito net. A baby is delivered by the maid at the health center because the midwife has not responded to the late night call. All of these are examples of disrespectful care that women should not need to tolerate. Yet too many women have too few choices: they have no money for private care, few resources, poor education, and a growing fear of health care that only get worse when they receive such inadequate and disrespectful care. There is no more vulnerable time in a woman’s life than when she is laboring, anticipating the birth of her child. The global lifetime maternal mortality risk is 1 in … Read More

Safe Surgery: Essential for Wellbeing

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Uncategorized

Surgically-treatable conditions kill close to 17 million people each year, and worldwide, five billion people do not currently have access to safe surgical care and anesthesia. In low- and middle-income countries, 9 out of 10 people cannot access even the most basic surgical services. Dr. Bela Denes, a general surgeon who has been teaching in Malawi for the last year, is dedicated to closing the gap in safe surgery and saving lives. As a Seed Global Health Volunteer, Bela has been teaching young medical students at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine, equipping them with the essential skills to perform lifesaving surgeries, even with limited resources. We asked Bela to reflect on his time as a surgeon and educator in Malawi and share his thoughts on improving access to safe surgery. What are the biggest challenges facing safe surgery … Read More

Humanizing Care: How Nurses Put People First

Zack LangwayBlog, Malawi, Nursing

As part of our National Nurses’ Week series on nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals, Malawian nurse educator and Coordinator for Academic Affairs for SJOGCHS, our colleague and friend Isaac Ziba, reflected on “humanized health care” and the role of nurses in centering the human experience for a patient’s best care, with a foreword by Seed Global Health’s Julie Anathan. Foreword: The ability to provide humanized and patient centered care can be challenging within environments where human resources for health are limited. In the US we have over 9 nurses per 1000 people while in Malawi there are less than one per 1000 people. In areas of the world where there are dire shortages of nurses, the day to day responsibilities for nursing staff can be stressful and overwhelming. In these settings, how do nurses stay focused on providing holistic care?  St. … Read More

Photo Gallery: Championing Midwives in Malawi

Zack LangwayBlog, Malawi, Midwifery, Nursing

In the days ahead of International Day of the Midwife, Seed Global Health joined The Association of Malawian Midwives and several other partners to convene, empower, and champion Malawi’s midwives. More than 75 participants from across Malawi, including training institutions and students, were present for this conference. The photos below were taken by our Malawi Country Representative, Dr. Bridget Malewezi, during the gathering.

Celebrating Midwives: A Tale of Two Lindas

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Malawi, Nursing, Tanzania

As we celebrate International Day of the Midwife, we reflect on the critical contributions of our Volunteer midwives to helping build the next generation of midwifery. Since 2013, Seed has placed fifteen midwives who have trained close to 2,000 individuals. These midwife educators are providing essential training to the next generation, who will in turn provide care for countless numbers of mothers and their babies. Linda Jacobsen, Seed Global Health Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Midwifery Programs, has worked in reproductive health and public health for more than thirty years. She was part of the inaugural class of Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers and taught at Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza in 2013. Linda Robinson is currently serving a Nurse Educator in Malawi and has been practicing as a nurse-midwife for thirty years, working from rural Maine to … Read More

Jasintha: Nurses Make all the Difference for Mom and Baby

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Malawi, Nursing

Jasintha Mtengezo knows what it means to be a leader in nursing and education in Malawi. Jasintha grew up in Mzimba, a northern region of Malawi. When she was just a young girl, her father became sick and quickly passed away. But through the incredibly difficulty of that time, she noticed around her the kindness and compassion that the nurses extended to her father. These incredible nurses inspired her to pursue her own career in nursing. Jasintha is currently the Dean of Faculty at Daeyang University School of Nursing in Malawi and enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. After receiving her Bachelor’s in nursing and eventually a Master of Public Health degree, she gained experience working as a nurse at the bedside and then administrator on her way towards her current leadership post at … 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