Thankful More than Ever for Health Workers

Seed Global HealthBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

It’s the time of year when many of us join family and friends to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. While we may focus on the achievements and successes in our own lives, we should also reflect on how far together, our world, has progressed. The global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, with some research suggesting that someone escapes extreme poverty every 1.2 seconds. Around the world, under-five mortality rate has decreased by 56 percent and about 20 000 fewer children died every day in 2016 than in 1990. Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. As we reflect with gratitude on these achievements, now more than ever, we wholeheartedly thank the millions of health workers around the world who are making this progress a reality. They … Read More

Setting, Keeping, and Reaching Big Health Goals

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

In September 2017, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation published its first annual “Goalkeepers” report assessing the world’s progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tracking 18 indicators from the SDGs, the Goalkeepers report displays global progress on issues like including poverty, under-five mortality, sanitation, and more. It also provides projections on how the health metrics might change if our progress advances or declines. Through a massive, three-year effort of data synthesis and analysis, this report painted a clear picture of how far we’ve come — and what we need to do to be make the world healthier, happier, and more equitable. Here are three key takeaways from the report: Results are mixed so far. International and local efforts have helped ensure that more children around the world are making it to adulthood, more families have food on … Read More

HRH Forum: Education and Workforce Development

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Teaching and training were in focus yesterday at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Dublin, as the morning plenary and several concurrent sessions explored education, skills utilization, and approaches to health professional development. In a morning plenary, Dr. Or Vandine, Director General for Health of the Government of Cambodia, focused on a “triangle” of skill building, infrastructure development for service delivery, and community engagement for increased access as an important triumvirate in strengthening health workers’ abilities to deliver care. Through her remarks, Forum attendees learned about Cambodia’s approach to “dramatically increasing the number of doctors,” building from a workforce of just 28 to a workforce of more than 23,000 physicians today by emphasizing developing curriculum and fast-tracking the development of medical educators. Joining Dr. Vandine and other colleagues for the session, Dr. George Sigounas Administrator of … Read More

Champion Women to Address the Health Workforce’s Leaky Pipeline

Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global HealthBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

This post originally appears on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog. Read the article here.  Humanitarian emergencies caused by infectious disease, conflict and natural disasters have caused shock after shock to health systems worldwide. The headlines are still fresh in our minds. Ebola. Zika. The Syrian refugee crisis. The list is hundreds long however. Each time a crisis hits, it underscores the same lesson: the only way health systems can effectively withstand shocks and deliver consistent, high-quality care to all members of the community during – and critically after crisis when deaths are actually highest – is to have a strong, highly trained global health workforce. This week, the community of organizations and leaders focused on health systems comes together in Dublin for the Fourth Forum on Human Resources for Health, to advance the landmark recommendations from The Global Strategy … Read More

Bending the Arc: Health Workers Advocating for Justice

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ― Theodore Parker As you watch Bending the Arc, a powerful film focused on the movement for more health workers and improved global health, it is clear that this quote is ingrained in the minds and hearts of the film’s subjects three inspiring health heroes. The documentary follows the story of Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim – the founders of the Partners in Health (PIH) – from 1983 when Paul, Ophelia, and Jim were young, passionate physicians, to their present-day roles in leading advocacy for investments in health workers and a healthier planet. Volunteering in rural Haiti, the three were appalled by the lack of basic care available. But the team did what they could to bring care to communities and treat patients. Across three decades, … Read More

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, the world will face a shortage of up to 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