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. New research partnership makes childbirth safer in Mozambique The Conversation, March 26 As the world awakens to deep injustices for women globally, an ambitious project led by University of Saskatchewan researchers in Mozambique is striving to reset the course —reducing maternal mortality and improving newborn health by empowering women and girls. Midwives leading the way with quality care FIGO, April 5 Quality of care is a priority for reducing preventable maternal and child deaths. It is also the theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife; ‘Midwives leading … 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 delivered to your inbox – click here to sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Female health workers in conservative Afghanistan facing immense barriers Xinhua, April 8 Scarcity of female health workers still remains a challenge in conservative Afghanistan despite improvement in women’s status and progress in the health sector within the last 17 years. Everyone needs access to quality health services – WHO Malawi24, April 7 As the world celebrates the World Health Day today, World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed the need for everyone to access health services. According to a statement released by WHO, universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere … Read More
Our hearts and thoughts are with our colleagues, the patients, and the community affected by today’s fire at Mangochi District Hospital in Mangochi, Malawi. Our friends at Mangochi have been our partners and our inspiration as we’ve worked side-by-side, and while we are thankful our visiting faculty at Mangochi are safe, our hearts break for this nightmare our local colleagues have had to endure. Through our Malawi country director, we will be on the ready to support their recovery in any way feasible. Increasing access to quality maternal and pediatric care has been a hallmark of Mangochi District Hospital, and we will support our friends and counterparts at Mangochi as they continue to provide the best care possible, even in the face of this tragedy.
Earlier this week, Seed Global Health CEO Dr. Vanessa Kerry joined health reporter Linord Moudou on Voice of America’s “Health Chat.” At Seed Global Health, we believe that investing in strong, locally-led health workforces is both an imperative and a long-term proposition. As Dr. Kerry noted in her interview, “to solve the really big problems… like a health care shortage — either on the sub-Saharan African continent, elsewhere in the world, or in your home in the U.S — it’s about looking long-term and making the right investments now that pay dividends in the future.” Listen to the full interview above to hear Dr. Kerry’s insights into the need for investment, the challenges of the current U.S. global health funding landscape, and the opportunities to harness novel approaches and youth passion for a healthier tomorrow.
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
Seed Global Health co-founder and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry will be honored at Marie Claire’s first annual Young Women’s Honors. She is one of a number of incredible women being honored for their dedication to making the world a better place for everyone. The event will celebrate young women who are breaking down barriers and truly changing the world. Other honorees include Simone Biles, the gymnastics powerhouse who is the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Fereshteh Forough, the founder of Code to Inspire who is empowering women and girls in Afghanistan with technical literacy; and Amanda Nguyen, who worked with members of Congress to create a bill protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors. In total there are 10 inspiring women being honored at the event, and in addition First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let Girls Learn initiative … Read More
At a swearing-in ceremony, the US Ambassador to Malawi recognized the cohort of Peace Corp GSHP volunteers, and the impact they will have in teaching and training medical students, nurses, and midwives in Malawi. The full article can be found here.
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.