Advocating for Health Workers: Interview with Vince Blaser

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Health workers are the backbone of strong health systems and thriving communities. Yet by 2030, there will the world will face a shortage up 18 million providers – hurting primarily those in low- & middle-income countries. That means mothers will go without necessary care, newborns will go without the assistance often needed to take their first breath of life, and countless patients will forgo the quality nursing and medical care they need and deserve. Vince Blaser is the Director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC), an alliance of organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in developing countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world. Seed Global Health is a proud member of FHWC, adding a point-of-view that investments in doctors, nurses, … Read More

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

Celebrating Women Leaders in Global Health

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Around the world, women carry a disproportionate burden of disease and death as a result of inequities in access to basic health care, nutrition, and education. Despite this, leadership in global health is largely dominated by men – only 8 of 34 World Health Organization executive board positions are women and fewer than 1 in 4 global health leadership positions at the top 50 U.S. medical schools are filled by women. This week, Stanford School of Medicine’s will host the first Women Leaders in Global Health summit. This convening will celebrate women who are leading important progress in global health, and bring together a variety of stakeholders from governments, NGOs, and academia to focus on advancing women in the global health field. Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, and our Malawi Country Director, Dr. Bridget Malewezi, will collaborate with … 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

Investing in Health Means Investing in Health Workers

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals are 17 ambitious objectives seeking to improve health and wellness of people and planet. Tackling a range of challenges including education, health, and climate change, the SDGs aim to build a better future for all. SDG 3 seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life – and a strong health workforce is critical to reaching this goal. But the current shortage of health workers around the world threatens not only SDG 3, but also other goals that aim to improve other aspects of life. SDG 1 aims to end global poverty, in all forms, by 2030. More than 700 million people still live in extreme poverty and struggle to meet their most basic needs like health and education. Yet without a strong health workforce, we will not be able … Read More

Strengthening the Health Workforce to Achieve the SDGs

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Nursing

Established in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all member countries of the United Nations focused on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. SDG 3 seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. Immense strides have been made in improving health around the world — Since 1990, there has been an over 50 percent decline in preventable child deaths globally. Maternal mortality also fell by 45 percent worldwide. New HIV/AIDS infections fell by 30 percent between 2000 and 2013, and over 6.2 million lives were saved from Malaria. Despite this progress, there is still a long way to go. To avoid preventable deaths, reduce maternal mortality, decrease HIV/AIDS … Read More

Paying My Experience Forward

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

I recently completed a year of service as a physician educator, teaching medical students and faculty. As I reflect on my time spent as a Visiting Lecturer at Busitema University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, I think back to my own experiences as a student, and how those moments from the elementary school classroom to the bedside during medical school shaped my own future. As a kid in Austin, Texas, I remember fondly the field trips we would take in school.  I remember the visits to ButterKrust Bakery in elementary school.  Middle school and high school field trips exposed us to the theater. In college, an undergraduate university class in Texas Politics culminated in a meeting with the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Field trips were a fun break from the usual daily schedule used to highlight real world … Read More

Dr. Sam Olum: Teaching and Learning in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

In a country where there is only one physician for every 10,000 people, physicians like Dr. Sam Olum are essential to providing care to communities. Passionate about treating patients and training the next generation of providers, Sam works as both a physician and as a lecturer at Gulu University, where he has collaborated and taught alongside Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers for the last four years. In region where emigration of health workers is high, Sam has remained dedicated to his patients and students in Uganda. He recently visited the Seed Global Health offices during a trip to Boston for a conference and we spoke to him about his work. What sparked your passion for medicine?  SO: From a young age, I loved science and biology. I was so fascinated by what it meant for something to be alive. … Read More

International Youth Day 2017

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Tanzania

International Youth Day appreciates the unique contributions of young people in building inclusive, sustainable peace throughout society. The young medical and nursing students around the world who are training to become our future health care providers and leaders are essential in improving health, a prerequisite for long term stability and peace. This summer, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, with support from Seed Global Health and the Global Health Service Partnership, hosted the first Medical Trainee Research Conference. Over two days more that 350 undergraduate and post graduate students from around Tanzania came together to present research and learn from one another. The conference proved to be an inspiration to students, galvanizing the importance of collaboration and participation as they go on to become leaders in their communities. George Msengi, a third-year medical student, was the chair of the student organizing committee … Read More

Dr. Anthony Ocaya: Four years with the Global Health Service Partnership

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

Dr. Anthony Ocaya is the Deputy Dean of Gulu University in Uganda, where he coordinates student education programs, and a partner to the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) since its inception. When GHSP Volunteer Educators arrive to Gulu, Anthony is the one who pairs them to departments, introduces them to the hospital staff, and helps assimilate them into the teaching and learning atmosphere. He’s their constant, interacting with Volunteers every day – and he’s done this since the very first Volunteer arrived as part of our inaugural cohort in 2013. We recently spoke to Dr. Ocaya about his experience with GHSP, and what he has learned during these past four years. What are some of the biggest challenges facing medical education in Uganda? Dr. Anthony Ocaya (AO): Human resources. The main thing now is that we do not see a … Read More