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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Global health is delivered by women and led by men. We talked to Anuli Isichei about how we can change this status quo, advance gender equity, foster accountability among partners, and cultivate change agents in global health. Anuli Isichei is currently the Program Manager at the Healthcare Leadership Academy where she also serves as a faculty member, mentor, and Partnership and Fundraising Lead. She is a registered nurse, who has won several awards, including being recognized in 2020 by WHO, UNFPA, and Women in Global Health as one of 100 Global Outstanding Women Nurse and Midwife Leaders. In 2012, Anuli was selected out of more than 500 nurses across Long Island, New York to receive the prestigious Nurse of Excellence Award. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and holds a Master of Public Administration from … Read More
On February 17th, Seed Global Health entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) in Uganda. This partnership comes at a key juncture for the country. Following the identification of Uganda’s first cases in March, all universities and health training institutions closed, leading to disruptions in critical programs aimed to address Uganda’s shortages of health workers. Ensuring the resiliency and continuity of health professional education – especially in the contexts of pandemics – will be critical to strengthening Uganda’s health system in the long-term. Through this partnership and its work with the Ministry of Health and key regional partners, Seed Global Health (Seed) is committed to strengthening human resources for health and clinical practice in Uganda. The inception of this partnership arose from Seed’s work to lead health worker training on COVID care and … Read More