Effective policy is essential to nurturing the supportive context required for health professionals to provide the best possible care. From the integration of EMTCT into national HIV/AIDS strategies to the prioritization of women and girls as key populations for addressing health inequity, we’ve seen time and time again that supportive policy can be the catalyst that allows capacity building, practice improvement, and human-centered innovation to reach maximum scale and maximum impact. Policy is one of three major pillars of Seed Global Health’s new 5-year strategy. The decision is very intentional. We firmly believe that engaging policymakers and institutional policy influencers can and will help to redefine the value of health with human potential and skill at the core. Building health capacity and healthcare leadership requires human expertise at all levels. But whether in the clinic or the classroom, skilled health … Read More
Check out some of the top headlines from #UNGA73! Bill and Melinda Gates: The world’s priority should be poverty reduction in Africa (Quartz, September 18) Bill and Melinda Gates say improving health and education in Africa should be the world’s priority. Ripple Effect: The Expansive Impact of NCDs (Devex, Philips, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, September 20) Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for a staggering 70 percent of global deaths. Ripple Effect seeks to explain just a few of these challenges through the perspective of health care workers and individuals living with NCDs in three different countries. Opinion: Skilled health workers are the foundation of a healthy world (Devex, September 21) Authored by Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry: People are at the heart of the health system in any country. Yet while the evidence shows that we must … Read More
The United Nations General Assembly opened this week with nine days of general debate and discussion focused on creating equitable societies all over the world. As leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector gather for this annual pulse-check on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, it’s heartening to see our leaders elevating the cross-cutting role good health plays in creating prosperity and peace across the globe. This year’s UNGA will feature three high-level meetings on health — one on tuberculosis, one on noncommunicable diseases, and another on access to universal health care. These convenings are encouraging. TB remains the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 10.4 million new cases of TB in 2016. And according to the World Health Organization, of the 56.9 million deaths in 2016 globally, more than 71 percent were due to NCDs — cardiovascular … Read More
Where do you get your news in human resources for health? Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading over the past month and what you might want to check out too! Get this and more news delivered to your inbox – click here to sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.. To End the HIV Epidemic, Focus on Sexual Violence Prevention (Council on Foreign Relations, July 17) The data show that girls make up almost three quarters of new infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, with nearly 1,000 adolescent girls and young women infected with HIV every day. Report Warns Of ‘Dangerous Complacency’ In The Fight Against HIV (NPR, July 19) The report finds that efforts to prevent the spread of HIV have stalled, in part, because international funding for AIDS has begun to decline. I was diagnosed … Read More
As the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam comes to a close, check out some of the top headlines from this past week at #AIDS2018! Opinion: We won’t end AIDS unless we invest in health workers (Devex, July 23) Authored by Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry: Advancements in health and science and a sea change in policy priorities over the past decade have made it possible to believe that an end to the HIV epidemic might be in sight. Bad laws and discrimination undermining AIDS response (UNDP, July 22) Discrimination against vulnerable and marginalized communities is seriously hampering the global effort to tackle the HIV epidemic according to a groundbreaking new report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Opening Speech at AIDS 2018 (WHO, July 23) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeus, Director-General of the World Health Organization gives an opening … Read More
Advancements in health and science and a sea change in policy priorities over the past decade have made it possible to believe that an end to the HIV epidemic might be in sight. HIV has been one of the worst killers in history, infecting more than 70 million people worldwide and killing 35 million. Yet today, we are at a crossroads, and it is clear that to truly help extinguish this disease, we must acknowledge the simmering crisis undermining many HIV efforts: the global shortage of skilled, trained health workers. Today, there are not enough doctors, nurses, midwives, and frontline health care workers to address the burden of HIV, let alone the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases. In Malawi, for example, there are only about two physicians for every 100,000 people; in the United States, there are close to 257 physicians for every … Read More
Seed CEO Dr. Vanessa Kerry on MorningJoe MSNBC discusses how separating families can result in traumatic psychological stress for children: “There are years and years of data that show the psychological, physical and lasting impacts of separating these children from their families.” This video can be found on MSNBC’s website.
Seed CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, joined Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to discuss the importance of strong health systems: “There’s growing data now that shows that when we invest in health, you see improvements in economic growth, you see improvements in security and you see improvements in social cohesion.” This video can be found on MSNBC’s website.
Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading during #RefugeeWeek2018 and what you might want to check out too! Get this and more news delivered to your inbox – click here to sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis (Al Jazeera, March 1) Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis. Uganda launches major refugee verification operation (UNHCR, March 2) With the support of UNHCR, government officials are using biometric data to verify more than 1 million refugees in the country. Systematically terrorised: Rohingya refugees face severe healthcare restrictions (The New Arab, May 15) Rohingya refugees continue to face discrimination in Myanmar as they deal with grave limitations in practically all areas of life … Read More