Strengthening Mental Health Services in Malawi

CommunicationsBlog, Malawi, Nursing

Mental health is a critical issue in Malawi. Reports estimate that nearly 30% of patients in the country are affected by mental health conditions. Despite the significant need, the availability of mental health services is limited, largely due to a scarcity of mental health professionals. Stigma and lack of knowledge further limit access to much-needed services.  Unfortunately, very few institutions in Malawi can help train specialized professionals. Additionally, primary health workers are most often not equipped to deal with mental health issues. To close these gaps, Seed partnered with St. John of God College of Health Sciences (SJOG) to strengthen mental health education and advocate for policies to better integrate mental health services into primary care delivery. Last October,  Seed’s Associate Director of Primary Care and Community Health Nursing Dr. Kate York, Nursing and Midwifery Advisor Margaret Phiri, and SJOG … Read More

Strong Health Systems and the COVID-19 Variant

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Statement from Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry in response to travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 variant identified in the United States, UK, and South Africa.   COVID is a global concern and we have to understand our connectivity in what is now a small and connected world. We live in a globalized economy where materials, goods, and people flow relatively freely whether the UK, South Africa or the US. This movement is the lifeblood of the global economy. But to protect our economy and wellbeing, we need to prioritize health security and that means stopping this pandemic in all countries. Health security issues do not respect borders, citizenship – or political mandates. Where there are flows of people, there will be flows of COVID.  We must ensure vaccinations, testing, and robust healthcare for all during this pandemic. We … Read More

2020 End of Year Letter from Dr. Vanessa Kerry

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Dear Friends and Supporters, 2020 has been one of the most extraordinary periods in modern history. Across the globe, the cross currents of the pandemic have exposed and exacerbated long standing health, racial, and economic inequities. In these difficult moments, we are reminded of our shared humanity and the need to break down the exclusive silos in which we are born, live, learn, work, and age. I am forever an optimist even in the hardest of times. As we feel the crush of 2020 give way to the promise of 2021, there is an opportunity to in fact celebrate this tumultuous year. 2020 has laid bare the stakes we face but also offers us a historic opportunity to examine our lived values. We can be challenged—in the best of ways—to consider what we believe in and how we enact those beliefs. We have … Read More

PPE Donation and Schools Opening in Mangochi

CommunicationsBlog, Malawi

  Seed Global Health is proud to join Providence St. Joseph Health in making a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control supplies valued at 44 million kwatchas to the Malawi College of Medicine and the Mangochi District Hospital. The donation, managed by Seed Global Health with financial support provided by Providence, represents one of the largest private commitments to the hospital’s efforts to respond to COVID-19. The timing of this donation comes at a critical moment in Malawi. Through the fall, the country had identified more than 5,576 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in more than 175 deaths.   Despite this toll, the government had made progress in containing the virus and announced a phased reopening of schools which began on September 7th. “This is the right time to assist Mangochi,” explained District Health Officer Dr. Henry Chibowa. … Read More

Strengthening Primary Care Through Portable Ultrasounds in Zambia

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine

Dr. Kunka (right) demonstrates to Dr. Makasa (left) how to do a specific ultrasound scan. Medical imaging and ultrasounds are used globally on a daily basis. These tools improve the quality of care from obstetrics to emergency care and are valuable in the primary care context. Despite its benefits, diagnostic ultrasound has not been broadly or equitably accessible around the world. Because of the specialized skills needed and large technical installations of imaging equipment, scans have traditionally required secondary clinicians, such as radiologists, sonographers, or subspecialists, to perform and interpret them. For resource-limited countries, especially those with critical shortages in human resources for health, these requirements have prevented millions of people from accessing essential diagnostic and screening services. Fortunately, recent advances in ultrasound technology have resulted in devices that are small enough to fit in a clinician’s pocket and be … Read More

Event Recording: Decolonizing Global Health | Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives

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During the first ever virtual UN General Assembly, Seed Global Health, in collaboration with the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners, hosted a webinar focused on decolonizing global health featuring perspectives from nurse and midwife leaders. Our panelists outlined the numerous ways racism, colonialism, neocolonialism, and white saviorism negatively impact global health care, programs, policy, and funding. Ultimately, communities that these same efforts are designed to aid end up being silenced, exploited, and left to grapple with poor health outcomes. Decolonization of global health can and will be done. We can start by: Recognizing local leadership, expertise, and knowledge Actively involving communities served in investment and funding decisions Creating programs and policies that are community-led, responsive, and people-centered Transforming health professional education and training Making reparations to communities for resources that have historically been taken away Ensuring communities are … Read More

Watch: Building the Bridge | Nurses and Midwives Protect Essential Health Services During COVID-19

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On the occasion of the first virtual UN General Assembly, Seed Global Health, in collaboration with the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners, hosted a side event titled Building the Bridge | Nurses and Midwives Protect Essential Health Services During COVID-19.  Our panelists shared insights on the critical role of nurses and midwives, investments needed, strategies for retaining them in their professions, and the impact of their leadership on health systems. Key Takeaways Health is a political choice. Governments need to invest in and engage nurses and midwives in order to address the 21st century health challenges we face. We will not reach Universal Health Coverage without the proper education and training of more nurses and midwives. Investing in nurses and midwives means investing in the future of healthcare. We must create an enabling environment for nurses and midwives to … Read More

UNGA WEBINAR | Decolonizing Global Health: Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives

CommunicationsBlog, News

In global health, the priority-setting systems, the funding structures, and power dynamics have perpetuated inequities and left so many people behind for too long. At every level—from intervention prescription to program design to implementation to policy—communities that are affected by health challenges are left out of the conversation.  Join Seed Global Health, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, IntraHealth International, and the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners for a virtual conversation on decolonizing global health happening in conjunction with the 75th UN General Assembly. Nurse and midwife leaders will share their perspectives on what it will take to deconstruct the narratives, structures, and policies that perpetuate the social inequality, including racism, colonialism, sexism, and problematic power dynamics inherent in global health.  Tune in to Hear From: Crystal Lander, Executive Director Global Affairs, Pathfinder International Professor Edward Kumakech, Dean, Faculty of … Read More

UNGA WEBINAR | Building the Bridge: Nurses & midwives protect essential health services during COVID-19

CommunicationsBlog, News

The world’s attention, efforts, and finances are firmly on tackling COVID-19, rightfully so. However, with the focus on the pandemic, essential health services—ranging from safe delivery to family planning to immunization to malaria treatment—are being undermined. Nurses and midwives play a critical role—they provide COVID-19 care and are at the forefront of ensuring communities continue to access much-needed routine services. The COVID-19 experience, combined with the evidence and recommendations from the State of the World’s Nursing Report, makes it crystal clear that we need to invest in nursing and midwifery globally. We need more nurses and midwives, properly educated, with decent pay and conditions, and able to work to their full license. Join Seed Global Health, Nursing Now, Partners in Health, University of Global Health Equity, and the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners for an engaging online conversation during the first-ever virtual UN General … Read More

COVID-19 Response: Supporting Health Systems in Our Partner Countries

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WHO representatives discuss COVID-19 protocols with Seed Physician Educator Dr. Matthew Haldeman in Lusaka, Zambia. In the face of COVID-19, Seed Global Health (Seed) has partnered with key training and clinical institutions and Ministries of Health in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia to mount a broad COVID-19 response that seeks to:  Protect frontline health workers  Maintain essential health services Build long-term health systems capacity  Across all our program countries, Seed staff serve on national COVID-19 response task forces and provide support through those mechanisms. We focus on priority areas most closely aligned with our technical expertise and the urgent needs articulated to us by our partners.  Seed Educators continue to support our partners through an array of health professional training and capacity building programs including mentorship of staff and residents, as well as, clinical site preparation for maintaining health … Read More