Improving Newborn, Infant, and Child Health in Uganda

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Medicine, Uganda

Three years ago, Dr. Lisa Rynn worked as a visiting pediatric lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital in Uganda through the Seed Global Health/Global Health Service Partnership. This month, Lisa returned to Uganda to work as a Seed Educator at Busitema University and spoke to us about her experience. Could you tell us a little bit about your experience as a visiting lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital? I gave lectures and clinical teaching to the 3rd and 5th year students during their pediatrics rotations. I also helped support the interns and medical officers working in the pediatrics ward at Lacor Hospital. On most days, my experience was a mix of overwhelming, humbling, and rewarding. There always seemed to be a lot of things I wanted to accomplish in the day, students to teach, and patients to see. … Read More

A Community Unites: Run for Refugees 2018

Angie Boehmer RN, MPHBlog, Featured, Nursing, Uganda

Angie Boehmer is a Pediatric Nurse and Volunteer Nurse Educator at Muni University in Arua, Uganda through the Global Health Service Partnership.   According to UNHCR, Uganda is home to over 1.4 million refugees, with an influx of 376,000 arriving just in the past year. Many are fleeing war in South Sudan. West Nile, Uganda, the region where I live, is just across the border from South Sudan and hosts a large portion of these refugees. A few weeks ago, my town held a Run for Refugees run to raise funds to improve access to clean drinking water in refugee settlements. The tagline for the event was: “Fostering solidarity, social co-existence, and inclusiveness among refugees and host communities.” The morning included speeches, the run, and a dance party at the finish line. The run routed through town and even people … Read More

Ultrasound Equipment Assists Students with Hands-On Training

Jennifer CoulombeBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Tanzania, Uganda

There is a big difference between learning about a lifesaving medical procedure from a book verse being able to learn and practice the skill in real time to gain confidence and mastery. Seed Global Health has partnered with 27 teaching sites in five African countries to help translate theory into practice through classroom and clinical education, mentorship, and introducing new tools and skills. This has included equipping skills labs in midwifery, and introducing simulation-based education in partnership with U.S. academic institutions. Simulators, in particular, provide a much easier way to learn and teach ultrasound. Medical equipment and supplies give students practical, hands-on training, both through campus skills labs and on the hospital wards where they do rounds with faculty. However, the availability of medical simulation equipment to gain these skills can be inaccessible and costly in low-resource settings. Seed is partnering … Read More

Midwives: “A Force for the Better”

Diana Garde, CNM, ARNP​Blog, Midwifery, Nursing, Uganda

People ask “why midwifery?” and “what drew you to this field?” and I often feel that my attempt to answer falls very short of explaining how it is that I ended up in Northern Uganda, teaching midwifery to eager, bright baccalaureate-level students. How does one adequately explain why we crave some thing, feel at peace in some special place or why we fall in love? How do you express the gut feeling that something is ‘right’? How do you explain the draw towards something that at once needs to be absorbed and simultaneously diffused outward in the world? My choice in career has been not so much a calculated decision, but rather an organic movement. Each day around the world, there are 360,000 heroic women who experience childbirth. Approximately 830 of those women die in the process. Not all are … Read More

Nursing Now!

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Midwifery, Nursing, Uganda

As the majority of front line health workforce, nurses around the world are essential to meeting the health care needs of our communities. Yet the dire shortage of nurses globally poses a major challenge for high and low income countries alike:  sub-Saharan Africa alone faces a shortfall of more than 600,000 nurses. Yesterday, the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses launched the Nursing Now campaign, which aims to raise the status of nursing and empower nurses around the world. The three-year campaign will work with partners around the world to advocate for nurses, supporting their ability to be properly trained, increasing their role in policy making, and enabling them to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s health challenges. Uganda, where Seed Global Health has been supporting nursing education since 2013, was chosen to pilot the Nursing Now Africa initiative. … Read More

Championing Health Workers in the SDGs

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Liberia, Malawi, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda

The most recent report from the United Nations on the advancements made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals finds that while progress has been made across all areas of development, the pace of progress has been slow, and advancements have been uneven to fully meet the implementation of the SDGs by 2030. Established in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all member countries of the United Nations focused on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. SDG 3 seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. Major strides have been made in improving health around the world: between 2000 and 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio declined by 37 per … Read More

Paying My Experience Forward

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

I recently completed a year of service as a physician educator, teaching medical students and faculty. As I reflect on my time spent as a Visiting Lecturer at Busitema University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, I think back to my own experiences as a student, and how those moments from the elementary school classroom to the bedside during medical school shaped my own future. As a kid in Austin, Texas, I remember fondly the field trips we would take in school.  I remember the visits to ButterKrust Bakery in elementary school.  Middle school and high school field trips exposed us to the theater. In college, an undergraduate university class in Texas Politics culminated in a meeting with the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Field trips were a fun break from the usual daily schedule used to highlight real world … Read More

Dr. Sam Olum: Teaching and Learning in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

In a country where there is only one physician for every 10,000 people, physicians like Dr. Sam Olum are essential to providing care to communities. Passionate about treating patients and training the next generation of providers, Sam works as both a physician and as a lecturer at Gulu University, where he has collaborated and taught alongside Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers for the last four years. In region where emigration of health workers is high, Sam has remained dedicated to his patients and students in Uganda. He recently visited the Seed Global Health offices during a trip to Boston for a conference and we spoke to him about his work. What sparked your passion for medicine?  SO: From a young age, I loved science and biology. I was so fascinated by what it meant for something to be alive. … Read More

Dr. Anthony Ocaya: Four years with the Global Health Service Partnership

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda

Dr. Anthony Ocaya is the Deputy Dean of Gulu University in Uganda, where he coordinates student education programs, and a partner to the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) since its inception. When GHSP Volunteer Educators arrive to Gulu, Anthony is the one who pairs them to departments, introduces them to the hospital staff, and helps assimilate them into the teaching and learning atmosphere. He’s their constant, interacting with Volunteers every day – and he’s done this since the very first Volunteer arrived as part of our inaugural cohort in 2013. We recently spoke to Dr. Ocaya about his experience with GHSP, and what he has learned during these past four years. What are some of the biggest challenges facing medical education in Uganda? Dr. Anthony Ocaya (AO): Human resources. The main thing now is that we do not see a … Read More