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

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