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

CommunicationsBlog

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

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