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.
WCVB Channel 5 Chronicle sat down with Seed Global Health co-founder and CEO Dr. Vanessa Kerry to talk about how Seed is helping to build up the global health workforce by teaching and training future doctors, nurses and midwives. The video also features Global Health Service Partnership volunteer Mary Siebert, as well as video footage and pictures of what Seed looks like on the ground in countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Swaziland and Malawi. The video can be found on WCVB Channel 5 Chronicle’s website.
Seed Global Health CEO Vanessa Kerry participated in the Atlantic forum “The Problem Solvers: Cities on the Front Lines of HIV/AIDS” in New York on June 6. The forum explored local solutions to the global challenges of HIV/AIDS, especially disparities where access is not available to the poor and disadvantaged. Dr. Kerry participated in the “Power to the People” panel and shared the work of Seed strengthening health systems in areas where there are not enough healthcare workers to support the needs of the people. “70% of the world’s HIV burden may exist in sub-Saharan Africa, but that does not need to be the case. It’s 2016—we do not need to live in a world where there are two standards of healthcare in the world, whether it is between here and sub-Saharan Africa, or whether it is in our own backyard … Read More
Seed Global Health CEO Vanessa Kerry and Seed’s work training the next generation of health professionals in Africa were spotlighted in an extended news segment broadcast March 3 on WCBV, Boston’s ABC network affiliate. The segment appeared as part of a regular news feature called “5 for Good” that profiles Boston residents who are working to make the city and the world a better place. The report has also been posted on the WCVB website, where it is captioned “A Boston doctor is not only committed to patients locally, but also people in need half a world away.” In addition to an interview with Kerry conducted at Seed’s Boston headquarters, the report uses archival footage to show Kerry and several nurses and doctors volunteering in Africa as part of Seed’s flagship program – the Global Health Service Partnership, a joint initiative with … Read More