GHSP Volunteers in Uganda organize national conference on wound care and pain management

Andrew MarxBlog, Seed Awards, Uganda, Uncategorized

Over 220 local health professionals attended a conference on wound/burn care and pain management organized by Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers in Uganda on April 16. The conference was funded and organized using Program Support Resources provided by GHSP, and involved GHSP Physician and Nurse Educators, faculty colleagues, and medical and nursing students from all of the GHSP sites in Uganda, including a delegation of 60 who crowded onto a bus for the 11-hour journey from Mbarara in southern Uganda to Lira in the north, where the conference was held. “It was a wonderful conference,” reported Cherie Clark, a GHSP Nurse Educator based in Lira, who shouldered the daunting logistical challenges of hosting a national conference at a new university that opened its doors less than four years ago. “We had pretty broad representation. We had quite a few … Read More

Seed CEO Dr. Vanessa Kerry named to Young Global Leaders Forum

Andrew MarxBlog, Uncategorized

Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Seed’s co-founder and CEO, has been named to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community — “121 scientists, government leaders, future business leaders, social activists and artists, aged under 40, who are shaking up policy, society and the world around them.” Kerry, who also works as a critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, serves as Associate Director of the MGH Center for Global Health, and holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, spearheaded the formation of Seed Global Health in 2012 as an organization dedicated to saving lives and eliminating global health inequities by strengthening health education and delivery in places with dire shortages of doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Seed’s flagship program is the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) — a joint initiative with the Peace Corps and the US President’s Emergency Plan … Read More

Peace Corps and Seed Announce GHSP Expansion to Liberia

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Liberia, Uncategorized

The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is expanding to Liberia as its fifth partner country for the 2016-2017 academic year. The program will place volunteer physicians and nurses in medical and nursing schools to teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of education, and ultimately, improve care for patients. The Peace Corps announced the expansion in a press release issued on March 29. You can read the release here. “We are indeed grateful to the Peace Corps for their incredible role creating the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) and cementing a partnership with Seed Global Health aimed at informing capacity building and skills transfer, which will inevitably lead to tremendous improvement in the healthcare sector,” said Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The expansion of GHSP to Liberia follows in the wake of the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West … Read More

Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry featured on television news show

Daisy WinnerFeatured, News, Uncategorized

Seed Global Health CEO Vanessa Kerry and Seed’s work training the next generation of health professionals in Africa were spotlighted in an extended news segment broadcast March 3 on WCBV, Boston’s ABC network affiliate. The segment appeared as part of a regular news feature called “5 for Good” that profiles Boston residents who are working to make the city and the world a better place. The report has also been posted on the WCVB website, where it is captioned “A Boston doctor is not only committed to patients locally, but also people in need half a world away.” In addition to an interview with Kerry conducted at Seed’s Boston headquarters, the report uses archival footage to show Kerry and several nurses and doctors volunteering in Africa as part of Seed’s flagship program – the Global Health Service Partnership, a joint initiative with … Read More

Seed’s Vanessa Kerry in Huffington Post: “Make health central to every conversation about economic growth”

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Uncategorized

“The connections between disease and poverty — and between health and economic development — are clear and they are compelling. I just wish they were better recognized and made central to every conversation about economic growth and investment.” That was the main message Seed co-founder and CEO Vanessa Kerry brought home from the World Economic Forum last month and shared in an article published on the Huffington Post. In a high-level panel discussing “Africa’s Next Challenge,” Kerry noted, “nobody addressed what is arguably the single biggest challenge facing African countries and their economies: the crushing burden of disease that shortens lives, stunts education, employment, and productivity, impoverishes families and communities, and hamstrings economic growth.” In her article, Kerry points out that nearly one out of 10 African children dies before reaching her fifth birthday, compared to roughly one in 140 … Read More