Reflections on two years of teaching in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda

Robert Kasibante has deep ties to the country where he has served for the last two years a Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) nurse educator. Robert was born in Uganda, the country where his parents still live and where two of his three children were born. He grew up in the United States, earning his bachelor’s degree in Nursing in Texas before working in Washington for the last several years. But his return to Uganda has been a significant time in his life. We recently spoke with Robert about his time as a GHSP Nurse Educator, and what he has both taught and learned during two years in Uganda. Why did you want to become a nurse? My grandmother and three of my aunts were nurses. They were the ones who inspired me. I really fell in love with nursing … Read More

Our Communities Depend on Nurses

Eileen Stuart-Shor and James MuchiraBlog, Nursing

For the final post in our National Nurses’ Week series on nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals, Seed Global Health Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Stuart-Shor and UMass Boston PhD student James Muchira, RN, BSN respond to the following prompt: “The wealth of our nations depends on the health of our populations, and the health of our populations depends on nursing.” How does nursing lift up entire communities, in addition to the essential health care nurses provide? In Kenya and across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is rapidly rising. The emerging threat of NCDs defies a commonly-held belief that African countries are dominated by infectious diseases, malnutrition and maternal and child deaths: today, hypertension and diabetes are the leading cause of death in the Africa, with 10 to 20 million people estimated to have hypertension and 10 million people estimated … Read More

Nursing, the Work of Humanity

Aazamina SudBlog, Nursing

As part of our National Nurses’ Week series on nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals, Seed Global Health Program Manager Aazamina Sud reflects on today’s prompt: “I venture to contend that the work of nursing is one of humanity all the world over.” How can we better support fellow nurses in delivering the best care possible in any setting? As the global disease burden increasingly becomes more and more complex, nurses continue to deliver care at the front lines, day in and day out, all over the world. How can we better support them in delivering the best care possible? While nurses often make up the majority of the health workforce in many countries, they are also affected the most by critical shortages. At Seed Global Health, we build pre-service education capacity in our partner countries so that nurses new to the … Read More

Humanizing Care: How Nurses Put People First

Zack LangwayBlog, Malawi, Nursing

As part of our National Nurses’ Week series on nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals, Malawian nurse educator and Coordinator for Academic Affairs for SJOGCHS, our colleague and friend Isaac Ziba, reflected on “humanized health care” and the role of nurses in centering the human experience for a patient’s best care, with a foreword by Seed Global Health’s Julie Anathan. Foreword: The ability to provide humanized and patient centered care can be challenging within environments where human resources for health are limited. In the US we have over 9 nurses per 1000 people while in Malawi there are less than one per 1000 people. In areas of the world where there are dire shortages of nurses, the day to day responsibilities for nursing staff can be stressful and overwhelming. In these settings, how do nurses stay focused on providing holistic care?  St. … Read More

Nurses Speaking Up, Speaking Out in Tanzania

Zack LangwayBlog, Nursing, Tanzania

As part of our National Nurses’ Week series on nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals, GHSP Volunteer Olivia Kroening-Roche, CNM, interviewed Pauline Mella, a colleague at our partner institution Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, on her life’s work and how nurses can leverage their voices for action in Tanzania. === “Why I am so proud is I was able to go through that challenge. Oh, rubbish, some people said,” she explained to me as I sat across from her. “Seriously,” I exclaimed my naïveté and incredulity on display at my disbelief that anyone could oppose a degree program for nurses. “Yes,” she responded calmly, an incredible woman who has led her field with competence and confidence to the place it is today. She continued to recount to me how her initial attempts to create a bachelors program in nursing were met with resistance … Read More

National Nurses’ Week: Voices of Nurses

Zack LangwayBlog, Nursing

This week, we celebration National Nurses’ Week! Each day, we will publish a short blog related to this year’s ICN theme of nursing and the SDGs. Today, we asked for responses to this prompt: “Get to the table and be a player, or someone who doesn’t understand nursing will do that for you.” How can nurses use their voices to help advance sustainable health and development? Linda Jacobsen, our Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, weighs in on today’s question: “Nurses must see policy as something they can shape rather than something that happens to them,” according to the landmark Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  This is especially relevant in limited resource settings, where the majority of providers are nurses and midwives.  Our ability to improve outcomes in patient care and community health is strengthened by being at the table, and … Read More

Photo Gallery: Championing Midwives in Malawi

Zack LangwayBlog, Malawi, Midwifery, Nursing

In the days ahead of International Day of the Midwife, Seed Global Health joined The Association of Malawian Midwives and several other partners to convene, empower, and champion Malawi’s midwives. More than 75 participants from across Malawi, including training institutions and students, were present for this conference. The photos below were taken by our Malawi Country Representative, Dr. Bridget Malewezi, during the gathering.

Celebrating Midwives: A Tale of Two Lindas

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Malawi, Nursing, Tanzania

As we celebrate International Day of the Midwife, we reflect on the critical contributions of our Volunteer midwives to helping build the next generation of midwifery. Since 2013, Seed has placed fifteen midwives who have trained close to 2,000 individuals. These midwife educators are providing essential training to the next generation, who will in turn provide care for countless numbers of mothers and their babies. Linda Jacobsen, Seed Global Health Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Midwifery Programs, has worked in reproductive health and public health for more than thirty years. She was part of the inaugural class of Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers and taught at Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza in 2013. Linda Robinson is currently serving a Nurse Educator in Malawi and has been practicing as a nurse-midwife for thirty years, working from rural Maine to … Read More

Jasintha: Nurses Make all the Difference for Mom and Baby

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Malawi, Nursing

Jasintha Mtengezo knows what it means to be a leader in nursing and education in Malawi. Jasintha grew up in Mzimba, a northern region of Malawi. When she was just a young girl, her father became sick and quickly passed away. But through the incredibly difficulty of that time, she noticed around her the kindness and compassion that the nurses extended to her father. These incredible nurses inspired her to pursue her own career in nursing. Jasintha is currently the Dean of Faculty at Daeyang University School of Nursing in Malawi and enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. After receiving her Bachelor’s in nursing and eventually a Master of Public Health degree, she gained experience working as a nurse at the bedside and then administrator on her way towards her current leadership post at … Read More

#WHWWeek: Investing in Skilled Health Workers

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Medicine, News, Nursing, Sharing Strengthening Saving

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