Seed Honors and Celebrates Juneteenth

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Featured, News

This Friday, June 19, Seed Global Health will mark Juneteenth as a company-wide holiday. Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. This is a day of significant—and for too long under recognized—celebration. Together, we observe our collective painful history and we celebrate Black people and culture.

This painful moment: an open Letter from Seed Global Health’s CEO

CommunicationsBlog, Featured

The following open letter was written by Seed Global Health Founder and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry in solidarity with, and in response to, broad public outrage arising from the death of George Floyd. Dear friends, staff, partners, and supporters, I want to acknowledge the multiple events of the past several weeks in the United States and especially the most recent, the brutal and unjustified death of George Floyd. Painfully, these events – and deaths – are not new in America. They represent a long history of suppression, structural violence and racism in the country and the many issues we have never adequately addressed. The wounds and effects run deep: from the overt accusations and prejudice towards people of color, to their deaths at the hands of law enforcement and disproportionately to COVID, to the perpetual epidemics among people of color … Read More

Frontline Dispatch: Regional COVID-19 Training in Uganda

CommunicationsBlog, Featured, Uganda

Image: Lira regional health worker training for COVID-19 facilitated by Seed Global Health on May 5, 2020. On May 7, 2020 Seed Global Health and the Ministry of Health completed health worker training on COVID-19 in the Ankole and Lira regions of Uganda.  Following technical contributions to the national guidelines on the management of COVID-19, Seed has helped implement a regional training and dissemination program within the Ankole and Lira regions.  The training program is designed to first reach regional referral hospitals and then cascade to lower-level district and community facilities. In Ankole, the training was delivered at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and attracted more than 40 doctors, nurses, and clinical officers from 12 districts including Buhweju, Rubirizi, Kiruhura, Bushenyi, Sheema, Mitoma, Rwampara and Mbarara. Reflecting on the program, Dr. Rose Muhindo, the lead physician of COVID-19 case management team … Read More

Investing in Nurses & Midwives: Reflections from Uganda

CommunicationsBlog, Nursing, Uganda

This post was co-authored by Irene Atuhairwe Duhaga, BScN, MPH and Tracy Kobukindo, BScN, MPH on the occasion of International Day of the Nurse. Irene serves as Technical Advisor for Nursing and Midwifery for Seed Global Health in Uganda. Tracy is a Nurse and public health specialist also working in Uganda. Celebrations and Somber Realities As the world geared up to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife (May 5th) and the International Day of the Nurse (May 12th), we reflect on the first quarter of 2020, a year that was declared by WHO as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (YONM). According to WHO, 2020 is meant to “celebrate the work for nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.” In a sad twist, … Read More

Zambia: Maintaining Medical Education During COVID

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine, Zambia

This post was authored by Matthew Haldeman, MD who is a Seed Family Medicine Physician working in Zambia.  Working at the University of Zambia and Chilenje Hospital in Lusaka, Matthew is continuing to support Family Medicine registrars and students through online education, as well as, clinical training and mentorship. Sometimes when I’m teaching online, I feel as though I’m talking into outer space. Online video conferences can feel inherently awkward, so people are less willing to open up.  Few people ask questions or offer comments because of the time delay. When those comments arise, they can feel more like interruptions, delaying the lecture’s progress.  As a visiting faculty from the United States, I worry that my English is harder to understand through a virtual platform as compared to a face-to-face meeting. Today, however, was different. We had had a busy … Read More

Reestablishing a Midwifery-Led Maternity Ward in Malawi

Seed Global HealthBlog, Malawi, Midwifery

Across the globe, women continue to experience maltreatment at the hands of health professionals during childbirth. To address this in Malawi, Seed Global Health has partnered with Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) to reestablish the midwifery-led maternity ward that once existed at the local hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH). We spoke with Judith Chirwa, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, QECH to learn about the significance of the ward and its potential impact on maternal and child health outcomes in the country. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your role at QECH I am an enthusiastic and passionate midwife with over 20 years’ experience providing maternal and neonatal health services as a bedside nurse midwife and in leadership roles both at district and tertiary facilities. I have a post-basic degree in midwifery. I work as the Chief Nursing … Read More

She Can Only See My Eyes: Birth During COVID-19

Julie Mann, Associate Director of MidwiferyBlog, Midwifery

She can only see my eyes. I walk into her room in my pale-yellow gown, sterile white gloves, blue hair cover, an extremely tight-fitting white N95 mask, goggles, and a full plastic face shield. In normal times, I casually walk into the room in my blue scrubs with my bright orange fleece over it to keep me warm. I smile, shake everyone’s hands, read the room, sit down on the edge of bed, gently lay a hand on the laboring mother, and take time to learn who they are. Today, however, I am unrecognizable to my patient as she breathes hard and moans in labor. I have to remind myself that covered as I am, she can only see my eyes. I try to put myself in her position. I remember delivering my three sons and think of how different … Read More

Covid-19 Response: An Open Letter to Our Community

Seed Global HealthBlog

Dear Seed Community Without question, we are facing one of the most trying times in modern history as we confront the existential threat of Covid-19. The pandemic presents new and unique challenges for not only global health but for humanity. We each find ourselves navigating an environment without precedent and with few guideposts. Arguably, Covid-19 has become the biggest challenge for generations, one that threatens to impact every individual if we allow. This pandemic, however, also brings a reminder that we are united as a global community, in our shared vulnerability, and in our response and shared commitment to tackling Covid-19 and finding ourselves on the other side of this difficult time. For Seed Global Health (Seed), Covid-19 has underscored the importance of strong health systems and the need for a robust health workforce. Both are essential to surmounting the … Read More

This is our time. This is our stage. Let’s use it!

Julie Anathan, Director of Nursing and MidwiferyBlog, Malawi, Midwifery, Nursing, Uganda

The President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) was recently interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) in celebration of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This year coincides with Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and is a tribute to her vision, leadership, and legacy in public health; the professionalization of nursing; using data to advocate and improve patient outcomes; and advancing the professional role of women in society. During the NPR interview, there was discussion about the importance of nurses and midwives. The interviewer posed this question: When you look at this kind of WHO Declaration, it’s hard for me not to think that it’s kind of patronizing; if it was a valued role, why would it need to be recognized in this way? This is an important … Read More