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 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
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
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
When Ruth Oenga and Sakina Moloo started the second semester of their fourth year in medical school in Tanzania back in March, they had a basic theoretical understanding of what electrocardiograms are used for and what the readouts look like. But they had never laid their hands on an EKG machine. Nor had they ever had an opportunity to observe and practice how EKGs can be used to improve diagnosis and treatment for a variety of different cardiac patients and conditions. Now, just three months later — thanks to the initiative of three of their faculty and a Program Support Award from Seed Global Health — Ruth, Sakina, and their classmates have all practiced using an EKG machine in their classes and applied their newly acquired skills and knowledge to help patients at the hospital. “We had been learning how to … Read More
Prior to becoming a Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer in 2014, Megan Coe did not have any experience as a nurse educator. So naturally, she learned a lot in her first year as a faculty member at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) in Lilongwe, Malawi. And it was the lessons she learned that first year that inspired her to extend her service for a second. “That had been my first year teaching,” she explained. “I felt that staying a second year, doing another round of of classes, I could improve what I had learned in teaching and keep moving forward.” Now, she will continue to use the knowledge she has gained in the last two years to further her service for a third year. “The more you understand and learn about the context, the more you have to offer,” says … Read More
As a faculty member at the University of Dodoma, Fabiola Moshi applies her multiple degrees, specialties and roles to a single purpose …
Mindy Weschler, a visiting faculty volunteer in Malawi, grew concerned when she noticed that her students were caring for patients after surgeries with very little treatment or compassion for their pain.