A Community Unites: Run for Refugees 2018

Angie Boehmer RN, MPHBlog, Featured, Nursing, Uganda

Angie Boehmer is a Pediatric Nurse and Volunteer Nurse Educator at Muni University in Arua, Uganda through the Global Health Service Partnership.   According to UNHCR, Uganda is home to over 1.4 million refugees, with an influx of 376,000 arriving just in the past year. Many are fleeing war in South Sudan. West Nile, Uganda, the region where I live, is just across the border from South Sudan and hosts a large portion of these refugees. A few weeks ago, my town held a Run for Refugees run to raise funds to improve access to clean drinking water in refugee settlements. The tagline for the event was: “Fostering solidarity, social co-existence, and inclusiveness among refugees and host communities.” The morning included speeches, the run, and a dance party at the finish line. The run routed through town and even people … Read More

Small Packages

Martha Goedert CNM, FNP, PhDBlog, Featured

My new friend patted the chair seat next to him, a universal sign to sit near. I had just met this seventh grader an hour earlier. Barack has been in Omaha for only a few short weeks, coming from a Tanzanian refugee camp where his Congolese family lived for years. We had a chance meeting on a subzero degree Saturday as I prepared to introduce NO ONE EATS ALONE (NOEA), a program created to decrease teenage isolation. I arrived early that day expecting in one hour to see 80 middle school refugee students ready for a Saturday school flipped classroom. A flipped classroom is an educational strategy that reverses the traditional teaching style by assigning instructional content outside of the classroom while leading typical homework exercises inside the classroom. On approach to the foyer, I saw Barack standing outside, he … Read More

What We Are Reading: World Refugee Day 2018

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, News

Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading during #RefugeeWeek2018 and what you might want to check out too! Get this and more news delivered to your inbox – click here to sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis (Al Jazeera, March 1) Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis. Uganda launches major refugee verification operation (UNHCR, March 2) With the support of UNHCR, government officials are using biometric data to verify more than 1 million refugees in the country. Systematically terrorised: Rohingya refugees face severe healthcare restrictions (The New Arab, May 15) Rohingya refugees continue to face discrimination in Myanmar as they deal with grave limitations in practically all areas of life … Read More

Holding on to Hope in Times of Crisis

Daisy WinnerBlog

Amidst the heated debate about how to manage the global refugee crisis, many people choose to overlook the individual stories of hardship, faith and hope that cause someone to pick up and move away from everything they know and love to seek a better life in a new land. Right now, according the Council on Foreign Relations, there are nearly 30 active conflict situations in the world right now that have an impact on United States interests. For people escaping those conflicts and seeking refuge in America, it’s a big adjustment. Dr. Allana Krolikowski is a family physician and Chief Quality Officer at the Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo, New York. It’s a highly regarded facility, known for its unique approach to working with people and families who’ve been displaced due to conflict and instability in their home … Read More

A New Model for Maternity Wards Worldwide

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Midwifery

The day a woman gives birth can be one of the most dangerous days of her life. The statistics are unacceptable – particularly because they tell a tale of inequity. The lifetime risk of death from a pregnancy-related cause worldwide is 1 in 4,000 women, but in East Africa, it is 1 in11 women. That means that one in 11 women face the very real prospect of losing her life due to a pregnancy. Most causes of maternal deaths are preventable, however, and studies show mortality rates decrease dramatically when a woman is attended by a skilled provider in childbirth. The United Nations Population Fund leads a collaboration which produces the State of the World’s Midwifery report. Effective midwifery education programs are needed in order to train midwives to provide safe, respectful care and reduce maternal mortality. However, midwifery education … Read More

HRH Roundup: What We’re Reading, May 2018

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, News

Where do you get your news in human resources for health? Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading over the past month and what you might want to check out too! Get this and more news delivered to your inbox – click here to sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. New research partnership makes childbirth safer in Mozambique The Conversation, March 26 As the world awakens to deep injustices for women globally, an ambitious project led by University of Saskatchewan researchers in Mozambique is striving to reset the course —reducing maternal mortality and improving newborn health by empowering women and girls. Midwives leading the way with quality care FIGO, April 5 Quality of care is a priority for reducing preventable maternal and child deaths. It is also the theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife; ‘Midwives leading … Read More

Commitment to Care: Training Critical Care Nurses in Tanzania

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Tanzania, Uncategorized

“We all belong to a large international community of critical care nurses” Tanzanian Critical Care Nurse In Tanzania, a country of more than 50 million people, there is a dual burden of high prevalence of infectious disease, such as HIV, and a growing prevalence of non-communicable disease. Additionally, there is a significant, and increasing, burden of critical illness. Strengthening critical care services, in both urban and rural areas, is a priority of the Ministry of Health. Nurses in Tanzania provide the majority of care in critical care units and require specialized skills to work within such a clinically complex environment. Progress in pre-service, masters and in-service training in critical care nursing has been made, but there remains a need to strengthen the clinical aspects of training, particularly in-service training, to care for such high acuity patient. Partnering with Massachusetts General … Read More

Turning Learning Into Impact: Part 4

Clelia Anna ManninoBlog, Featured

In early 2017, Seed’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning team surveyed alumni of GHSP’s first three cohorts to learn more about the motivations and factors that led them to serve, their challenges and support after completing service, their current work, and the impact of their GHSP experience. In total, we received responses from the 88 alumni that completed service in years 1-3, representing an 86% response rate. Selected findings are highlighted below.   58% of alumni indicated working often or always in underserved populations and/or in resource-limited settings domestically upon completion of their service.   Challenges faced upon return: The most frequently-mentioned challenge that alumni faced upon their return was their readjustment to life and work in the United States (42%). For example, alumni reported challenges in resuming work with an excess of resources, reverse culture shock, feeling disconnected to their … Read More

Turning Learning Into Impact: Part 3

Clelia Anna ManninoBlog, Featured

Core to Seed’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) practices is regularly synthesizing the data that we collect into a global picture of our programmatic impact.  We recently engaged in this internal reflection exercise, examining three data sources in particular: a qualitative evaluation of GHSP in its first two years of implementation; a 2017 survey of over 1600 students who have worked with GHSP Volunteers over the years; and a 2017 learning exercise that evaluated GHSP’s outcomes on the student learning experience.  Findings coalesced into three core areas of impact: Delivering quality education in both the classroom and clinical setting Improving students’ confidence, increasing their knowledge, improving their clinical skills, and improving their ability to translate what they learn in the classroom setting to their clinical practice. Promoting students’ professional growth & development Improving students’ confidence, fostering pride in their profession, … Read More

Ultrasound Equipment Assists Students with Hands-On Training

Jennifer CoulombeBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Tanzania, Uganda

There is a big difference between learning about a lifesaving medical procedure from a book verse being able to learn and practice the skill in real time to gain confidence and mastery. Seed Global Health has partnered with 27 teaching sites in five African countries to help translate theory into practice through classroom and clinical education, mentorship, and introducing new tools and skills. This has included equipping skills labs in midwifery, and introducing simulation-based education in partnership with U.S. academic institutions. Simulators, in particular, provide a much easier way to learn and teach ultrasound. Medical equipment and supplies give students practical, hands-on training, both through campus skills labs and on the hospital wards where they do rounds with faculty. However, the availability of medical simulation equipment to gain these skills can be inaccessible and costly in low-resource settings. Seed is partnering … Read More