Commitments Following White House Covid Summit

CommunicationsBlog, News, Press Releases

On September 22, 2021, Seed Global Health (Seed) was honored to participate in the White House Covid Summit hosted on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly. The summit brought together world leaders, the private sector, multilateral organizations, and health experts in an effort to accelerate and coordinate the response to COVID-19. We are grateful for the many prominent voices that joined in solidarity and called for urgent action to vaccinate the world and put an end to the pandemic. The challenge now is to transform the collective good intention into a bold and concrete plan. As President Biden challenged the world, we must all think bigger and more audaciously. We have all the tools, funding, and know-how to vaccinate the world and improve health —what has been lacking is the political will. While many important pledges were … Read More

Statement from Dr. Vanessa Kerry on the White House Covid Summit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE To Save Lives, Build Back Stronger And Vaccinate The World, Increased Vaccine Supply Should Be Complimented by Human Resources For Health Including Investment Targets for Health Worker Training, Protection, And Retention   “On behalf of Seed Global Health and our partners in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia, I want to thank the White House for its global leadership in Covid vaccine commitments and for convening this summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. COVID has highlighted the profound importance of a well-distributed, equipped health workforce to care for patients, to prevent disease and to put shots in arms. In just the context of the global vaccine roll-out, research estimates that for every $1 allocated to vaccine production, $5 is needed for delivery, with the majority cost being associated with health worker training, support, … Read More

Health Workers in Uganda: A Powerful Antidote to Misinformation

CommunicationsBlog, News, Uganda

In the summer of 2020, when the global pandemic was exploding across the world, WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom explained “we’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.” Today, misinformation persists despite a surge of infections that are causing societal disruptions and death in many African countries.  While countries work to mobilize vaccination campaigns and preventive public health measures, the impact of Covid misinformation can be profound. A multi-country survey from the Africa CDC noted that while a majority of Africans would take a COVID-19 vaccine, significant variations exist. In some countries, vaccine acceptance was measured above 90%, while in others it was less than 59%.  All countries and populations need to be protected from Covid in order to disrupt the transmission cycle and to prevent the emergence of new variants. As Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. … Read More

Sierra Leone Country Director Announced

CommunicationsBlog, News, Sierra Leone

Seed Global Health is proud to introduce Mustapha Sonnie as the inaugural Country Director for Sierra Leone. Mustapha has over 18 years of experience in public health including more than 13 years of demonstrated results managing, advising, and implementing programs to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Mustapha will oversee Seed’s growing program in midwifery in Sierra Leone. In 2019, the Office of the Vice President invited Seed to partner with the Government to strengthen midwifery practice and trainee skills in an effort to address the country’s high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. “There is so much opportunity to strengthen the health system in Sierra Leone,” reflected Seed Founder and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry. “We have made great progress over the last year in Sierra Leone and have been proud to partner with the Vice President and Ministry … Read More

Hindsight is 2020: Investing in the Health of Health and Care workers


On May 25, on the sidelines of the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), Seed Global Health and our Act for Health Workers campaign partners hosted a conversation on investments needed to holistically protect and support health and care workers. Below are the closing remarks delivered by our Regional Director, Strategy and Innovation and Country Director Dr. Bonaventure Ahaisibwe that focus on the urgent need to learn from the past, strengthen the present, and fortify the future. At the opening of the 73rd WHA, Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein made a powerful call to action prior to the announcement of 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers which is themed Protect. Invest. Together. In her words she stated; “Applause without action is no longer acceptable, recognition without rights and remuneration is not sufficient. A resolution without implementation … Read More

World Health Worker Week: A Conversation on Impact and Partnership

CommunicationsBlog, Malawi

During World Health Worker Week, representatives from Seed Global Health, Providence St. Joseph Health, Swedish Medical Services, and Mangochi District Hospital held a global webinar to discuss the opportunities and challenges of partnering to support and strengthen the health workforce. With a focus on collaborative work in the Mangochi District of Malawi, the conversation discusses various elements of global partnerships and their ability to make a long-term impact in low-resource environments. The following blog post represents a transcript of that webinar.   Carrie Schonwald 0:00 Hello and welcome. I’m your host, Carrie Schonwald, Manager for International Educational Exchanges with the Global and Domestic Engagement team at Providence. Since 2012, our department has partnered to make a global health impact through service that honors the leadership, expertise, and goals of communities around the world.   We currently partner with programs in Guatemala, … Read More

Patterns & Meaning Episode 6: Rethinking Global Health Program Design with Irene Atuhairwe


Global health programs are often designed far away from the communities where they are actually implemented. We talked to Irene Atuhairwe about the changes needed in program design, monitoring, and evaluation; building resilient health systems; and tangible steps that we can take to ensure that African health experts are actively involved in solving their communities’ challenges. Irene Atuhairwe holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in public health from Makerere University. She has 15 years of experience in health programming with a focus on HIV & AIDS, maternal and child health, and human resources for health. Irene is currently the Deputy Country Director for Seed Global Health in Uganda. 

Strengthening Family Medicine in Zambia with Dr. Mpundu Makasa

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine, Zambia

Dr. Mpundu Makasa is a clinician and public health practitioner who works in the primary health care setting. She has a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Makasa is currently enrolled in the University of Zambia’s (UNZA) Family Medicine Residency Program that is supported by Seed Global Health. Later this year, Dr. Makasa will be the first graduate of the program. She will become a faculty member after graduation, re-investing her newfound skills and experience to teach in the program. We talked to her about her experience, the family medicine discipline in Zambia, and advancing gender equity in the health workforce. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What inspired you to pursue a career in family medicine? I joined the University of Zambia as a faculty member in the School of Medicine’s Department of … Read More

CNN Opinion: Covid triggered another crisis

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Following a report from Amnesty International that 17,000 health workers had died on account of the COVID pandemic.  Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry authored the following opinion piece that was published by CNN on March 16, 2021.   Last Thursday marked one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. The statistics on lives lost are heartbreaking. The reports of economic and labor disruptions are staggering. For decades to come families will bear these impacts; from the empty seat at the dining room table to devastating medical bills and lost wages. Among the many casualties of Covid, you’ll find an underreported but alarming danger: Last week, health workers’ deaths due to the pandemic reached the gruesome milestone of 17,000 across 70 countries. According to Amnesty International, this equates to a health worker dying from Covid-19 every 30 minutes. A hollowed-out health corps will haunt societies … Read More

Patterns & Meaning Episode 4: Diversifying Leadership in Global Health with Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga


Women make up 70% of the health workforce, yet only 25% hold senior roles. Further, global health leadership does not reflect the diversity of the communities being served. We talked to Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga about the visible and invisible systems that have created these imbalances, the impact of lack of diversity on health outcomes, how we can challenge these norms, and the transformational leadership needed to eliminate inequities and disparities in global health. Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga is the award-winning Vice Chancellor of Clarke International University in Uganda (CIU). She also holds a senior faculty position at CIU, teaching health policy and planning; advanced strategic management; and various executive leadership courses. Rose is one of only three women vice chancellors in Uganda and the first and only one who is a nurse.