Seed Global Health Joins the Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Zack LangwayPress Releases, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2017 CONTACT: Zack Langway, Seed Global Health, 617.336.1661, zlangway@seedglobalhealth.org SEED GLOBAL HEALTH JOINS FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS COALITION BOSTON, MA (April 5, 2017) – Seed Global Health, led by Dr. Vanessa Kerry, has joined the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, bringing to the collaborative organization Seed’s experience and expertise at strengthening medical and nursing education to support a stable supply of doctors, midwives and nurses in countries with significant need. Since its founding in 2011, Seed Global Health has placed 155 physician and nurse volunteer educators across 21 medical and nursing specialties in partner facilities across Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda. Those educators have taught more than 450 courses, working alongside local faculty on academic curricula, course design, and teaching techniques. “We are excited to join the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, a group of respected academic, nonprofit, … Read More

Dr. Ewarko Obuku: Strengthening Uganda’s Health Workforce

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Uganda, Uncategorized

Last month a variety of stakeholders gathered to discuss the state of medical education, health worker training, and career development in Uganda. Supported by Seed Global Health, the meeting brought together various partners from academic institutions, professional societies, government agencies and international organizations to discuss gaps in medical training in Uganda. We spoke with the Secretary General of the Uganda Medical Association, Dr. Obuku Ekwaro, to talk about the challenges facing medical education in Uganda, solutions on the table at this important, multilateral meeting. What is the need for health workers in Uganda? There’s a serious shortage of health care workers in Uganda. The latest data shows that there are less than two health workers for every 1,000 people. And that number has not changed substantially even despite the increase in population in Uganda. The current framework and policy around … Read More

Meet Lillian: Defying “Tradition” to Pursue her Medical Dreams

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Tanzania, Uncategorized

There are only 3 physicians for every 100,000 people in Tanzania. Even fewer of those providers are female, with some reports stating that only one-third of physicians in the country are women. But in one woman’s bold pursuit of a dream for a healthier world, tradition takes a backseat. Medical intern Lillian Alphonce Mbuni isn’t discouraged by the lack of female representation in her field: “Women make great physicians,” she says. “Women understand things differently than men. And they bring a different perspective that makes them great caregivers and health care providers.” Last year, Lillian spent her vacation volunteering at the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic at Sengerema District Hospital alongside Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Physician Educator Dr. Siobhan McCarty-Singleton. Together, they provided no-cost care to women who visited the clinic . “I learned so much from her,” says Lillian, … 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

“Why did this mother die?”

Daisy WinnerBlog, Tanzania, Uncategorized

During Dr. Abel Mussa’s internship, he was one of eight doctors in a hospital department that saw about 400 patients a day. Dr. Mussa performed more than 200 C-sections during his training, and frequently noticed that mothers would often not survive the surgical procedure. After a number of tragic outcomes, he began to dig for answers. “Why did this mother die?” Dr. Mussa recalled asking himself, “I could not sleep – I was losing my courage  – it was very troubling…I discovered that during a C-section, the woman is under general anesthesia and there are a number of complications that they can encounter that would cause them to lose their life… I completely changed. I had to tell the head doctor, I want to finish this year and then I am going to back to school and I am going … 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

Incoming GHSP Volunteers Olivia and Jason: Couple’s passion for global health brings them to Tanzania

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Tanzania, Uncategorized

Olivia had just finished working in Kenya and Jason had just returned from India when they met as juniors in college where she was studying nursing and he was preparing for medical school. Passion for global health drew the two together and next month they are headed to Tanzania as part of the fourth class of Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers. We recently spoke with them about their dedication to teaching and training and their expectations for their upcoming year of service.  What inspired each of you to follow your respective careers?  Olivia – I decided during college that I wanted to go into midwifery. I was learning about social injustices and inequality and I wanted to find a career to address that in a tangible way. I found I could do that through working in women’s health. I also had … Read More

Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry Speaks at HIV/AIDS Problem Solvers Forum

Daisy WinnerBlog, News, Uncategorized

Seed Global Health CEO Vanessa Kerry participated in the Atlantic forum “The Problem Solvers: Cities on the Front Lines of HIV/AIDS” in New York on June 6. The forum explored local solutions to the global challenges of HIV/AIDS, especially disparities where access is not available to the poor and disadvantaged. Dr. Kerry participated in the “Power to the People” panel and shared the work of Seed strengthening health systems in areas where there are not enough healthcare workers to support the needs of the people. “70% of the world’s HIV burden may exist in sub-Saharan Africa, but that does not need to be the case. It’s 2016—we do not need to live in a world where there are two standards of healthcare in the world, whether it is between here and sub-Saharan Africa, or whether it is in our own backyard … 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