Women in the Lead: Reflections from Seed + Friends on #IWD2017

Zack LangwayBlog, Nursing, Uncategorized

In honor of International Women’s Day 2017, we asked leaders from Seed and Massachusetts General Hospital to reflect on what it means to #BeBoldForChange in our shared mission to strengthen health systems. Erin Barr – Director of Operations at Seed Global Health Half of the world’s population is female.  Our active representation on all levels of healthcare delivery–as mothers, caretakers, healthcare workers, teachers, administrators, analysts, researchers–creates health systems that are sensitive and responsive to the rights and needs of women. In her 1995 address to the UN, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton remarked that,  “[I]f women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish… And when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish.” Taking her idea further, if our health systems focus on addressing the health of women, then our families, communities and nations will flourish. Women know best … Read More

Strengthening mental health care in Malawi

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Nursing

From Seattle to Senegal, the importance of skilled mental health care is universal. But in some parts of the world – such as Malawi, where Seed partners to send Global Health Services Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers – availability of skilled mental health professionals is scarce. Amelia Rutter was working in a community and mental health integrated care clinic in Washington state when she found out about GHSP. Despite the thousands of miles that separated her from her eventual placement in Malawi, as a GHSP Nurse Educator, she was drawn to the opportunity to help teach the next generation of mental health educators in a resource-limited health system. And what she found was that the mental health issues facing even incredibly different communities are largely the same. “What is so interesting is yes, there are culturally different ways of addressing mental health … Read More

There Is Strength in Numbers – A letter to Tanzanian Mothers

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Tanzania

“There is Strength in Numbers”: A letter from GHSP Nurse Educator and Midwife, Tess Weidner, to the mothers of Tanzania.  Dear Tanzanian mothers, Mimi ninaitwa Tess. Mimi ni mkunga. Mimi ni hapa kukusaidia. My name is Tess. I am a midwife. I am here to help. I know that I have already learned more from you than I could ever give back. I may not speak fluent Swahili and I certainly do not have all the skills or resources to save every baby or to heal every woman, but I am here. I am by your side. I promise I will do my best to stay true to myself and stand by you in moments of happiness and sorrow. I will try to share my strength by holding your hand, offering a simple smile, or resting next to you in silence. … Read More

Collaboration and Partnership Secures Accreditation for Nursing Program in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda, Uncategorized

  For GHSP Nurse Educators Genevieve Evenhouse and Janet Gross, it would be months before they would actually begin teaching nursing students at Muni University in the West Nile region of Uganda. When they first arrived in July of last year, the nursing program at the school had unexpectedly lost its accreditation from the Ugandan National Council of Higher Education. Motivated to restart the program and get students into the classroom, Evenhouse and Gross worked closely with Amos Drasiku, the Head of the Nursing Department at Muni. Drasiku has significant experience working in the Uganda health system as both a nurse educator and a clinician in private and public hospitals. “Amos truly embraces the concept of teamwork,” says Gross. Together, they worked to meet the conditions for program accreditation. “We needed all the necessary requirements to run the program and … Read More

Empowering My Students to Have a Voice – Nurse education in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda, Uncategorized

Two years ago, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) established the first Masters in Critical Care Nursing program in Uganda with a small class of just six students. After two years of intensive course work and direct patient care, the students are approaching graduation. Prior to becoming a Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer, I spent more than 10 years as a pediatric intensive care nurse. Now, as a GHSP Nurse Educator, I have used my knowledge and experience to mentor and train these students in their second and final year of study. The students conduct most of their clinical training at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH). But the resources to make the best evidence-based practice interventions are often unavailable at MRRH.  So as they prepare to end their program, they are required to spend three weeks in the Intensive … Read More

Incoming GHSP Volunteer Nicole Geller – “Excited to become a better teacher, a better clinician, and a better person”

Andrew MarxBlog, Featured, Liberia, Nursing, Uncategorized

In December 2015, Nicole Geller, a nurse-midwife with over two decades of clinical and teaching experience, was the 275th (and very last) person to apply to the Global Health Service Partnership for placement in 2016-2017. Now Geller is looking forward to being one of the very first GHSP Volunteers deployed to Liberia. “I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for this opportunity to teach in Liberia,” Geller said. “I appreciate every part of the opportunity – that it is so well organized, that it is structured, that I am given some lead time to prepare, and that I am going to be put right in the center of what needs to be done.” Geller traces her path to GHSP and Liberia all the way back to her childhood. Growing up as “a minority in a minority” on … Read More