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

The Challenge and Heartbreak of Low-Resource Surgical Care

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda, Uncategorized

Bob Goodman, an orthopedic surgeon, served from 2014 to 2015 as a Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) volunteer educator in Uganda. Bob reflects on the difficulty and heartbreak of trying to provide the best surgical care possible in a setting where resources are unavailable for timely, safe and effective surgery. A 23 year old young woman, Angela, presented to the orthopedic clinic with a swollen left thigh and an ulcerating lesion of the bone below her knee. Her symptoms had begun many months before, and multiple tiny laceration scars on her leg were evidence of the unsuccessful treatment she had received from a traditional healer. Angela was admitted to the orthopedic service at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. The x-rays showed destruction in her tibia and a calcified tumor on her left femur. Cultures of her wound grew Staphylococcus. The available … 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

Quality OB/GYN Care for All

Dr. Maureen Ries, Seed Global HealthBlog, Medicine, Tanzania

Obstetricians and gynecologists play an undeniably important role in women’s health and wellbeing, particularly during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. But both at home and around the world, there is a troubling and growing gap between the need and availability of skilled obstetric professionals. Ahead of this week’s American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) annual meeting, Seed Global Health’s Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Programs, Dr. Maureen Ries, reflects on the importance and future of global OB/GYN workforce strengthening. === Caring for women impacts the health of not only one woman, but her baby, her children at home and her family as a whole. Access to, and provision of, good maternal health care reduces maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.  A healthier mother raises healthier children.  Health is also intertwined in women’s empowerment and gender equality.  All of … Read More

Abraham: How I Make a Difference as a Health Worker

Zack LangwayBlog, Medicine, Uganda

“I think that one of the best ways that I can make a difference as a health worker, is tackle problems at the upstream level.” This is what drives the passion and professional ambition of Abraham Openy, a fifth-year medical student at Gulu Univeristy in Uganda. And his dreams of having an impact go beyond treating individual patients. “I have always wanted to make a different in my community, since I was young. And its why I decided to pursue medicine. But I want to have a greater impact by working at a policy level. I want to apply my passion for social justice and equity to health care.” Abraham’s drive is evident when examining his growth as a leader in his community and school. He is currently part of the Federation of the Uganda Medical Students Association (FUMSA), a … Read More

#WHWWeek: Investing in Skilled Health Workers

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Medicine, News, Nursing, Sharing Strengthening Saving

By Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global Health Here’s to World Health Worker Week! You might not be familiar with this important holiday, but you should be. There is a crisis in the global health workforce. Right now, there is a gap of more than 8 million health workers globally. And if we do nothing, we will face a shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030. That’s 18 million people who will not be delivering babies, giving vaccinations, treating diseases like Zika, nor conducting surgeries. They simply will not exist in the health workforce. While many efforts have done incredible work to improve health – training community health workers, increasing access to medications and building new facilities – there has been less focus on the skilled doctors, nurses and midwives who are needed to support those frontline and community … 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

Dr. Ewarko Obuku: Strengthening Uganda’s Health Workforce

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda, Uncategorized

Last month a variety of stakeholders gathered to discuss the state of medical education, health worker training, and career development in Uganda. Supported by Seed Global Health, the meeting brought together various partners from academic institutions, professional societies, government agencies and international organizations to discuss gaps in medical training in Uganda. We spoke with the Secretary General of the Uganda Medical Association, Dr. Obuku Ekwaro, to talk about the challenges facing medical education in Uganda, solutions on the table at this important, multilateral meeting. What is the need for health workers in Uganda? There’s a serious shortage of health care workers in Uganda. The latest data shows that there are less than two health workers for every 1,000 people. And that number has not changed substantially even despite the increase in population in Uganda. The current framework and policy around … Read More

Seed Helps Organize Antimicrobial Resistance Conference in Mbale Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

Drug and antibiotic resistance is increasingly becoming a global problem, and having more and more of an impact on patient care and health.  On November 21st and 22nd in Mbale Uganda, various stakeholders came together at the first National Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance.  The conference brought participants from the World Health Organization, The Ministry of Health, The National Animal Industry and Fisheries, as well as leaders in laboratory sciences, clinical practice, and veterinary medicine.  The conference focused on finding new and innovative ways to create a multi-sector response to the issue.  Also in attendance were medical students from Busitema University, a supporter of the conference .  Seed had the opportunity to talk to a few of them and hear about what inspired them to pursue a career in medicine, and how they hope to make a difference in their community … Read More

Let’s Support Safe Anesthesia Practices

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Tanzania

Anesthesia remains an often overlooked area of health care in low and middle income countries (LMICs), where there is a critical shortage of trained anesthesiologists. In Tanzania for example, there are only 22 medical doctor anesthesiologists for 47 million residents (source: http://thelancet.com). Without the ability for health systems to offer safe anesthesia to patients in need of surgery, surgically treatable conditions will continue to be a leading cause of death. Recognizing this critical shortage of trained anesthesiologists, Seed Global Health (Seed) would like to support education and training to increase capacity in this specialty in Tanzania. Eighty percent of the funds raised from this campaign will support four Masters in Medicine (MMed) Anesthesiology residents at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania over the next three academic years. The remaining funds will support various equipment … Read More