Resilience in the Face of Hardship: Pediatrics in Malawi

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, Malawi, Medicine

Surrounding this year’s American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Summit, Seed Global Health spoke with Joshua Grahe, MD, former GHSP Volunteer, about how his experience teaching in Malawi has continued to impact his outlook as a Pediatrician in the US. Could you tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you initially become involved in GHSP? During my residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, I began to see how being a Pediatrician meant that I have a responsibility for treating children in a multifaceted way. There was and continues to be a big push for understanding not only traditional medicine, but the social determinants of health and how they influence the lives of our patients. Be it physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, loss of a parent, poverty, or exposure to violence, these events impact those … Read More

HRH Roundup: What We Are Reading, August 2018

Kerry OBrienArchives, Blog, News, Uncategorized

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.. To End the HIV Epidemic, Focus on Sexual Violence Prevention (Council on Foreign Relations, July 17) The data show that girls make up almost three quarters of new infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, with nearly 1,000 adolescent girls and young women infected with HIV every day. Report Warns Of ‘Dangerous Complacency’ In The Fight Against HIV (NPR, July 19) The report finds that efforts to prevent the spread of HIV have stalled, in part, because international funding for AIDS has begun to decline. I was diagnosed … Read More

Tuko Pamoja: Nursing Students in Tanzania

Adrienne White, RN, WHNPBlog, Featured, Nursing, Tanzania

Adrienne White, RN, WHNP, served as a Nurse Educator through GHSP in Tanzania during the 2017-2018 school year. Adrienne reflects on working with her nursing students surrounding UN International Youth Day 2018.  Youth represent 40 to 50 percent of the populations of most sub-Saharan African countries, with only a few other nations worldwide that have as high percentages.  Yet with fierce competition, starting at secondary school level, few young adults are able to advance to tertiary education and only a very small percentage make it to university level.  Once they do make it to university level, many students in Tanzania have large extended families who count on them, not only to excel in their studies so that they can lift the family out of poverty but also, and more immediately, to assist the family financially.  Nursing students in Tanzania report … Read More

Celebrate Frontline Health Workers Who Support Breastfeeding Mothers

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Midwifery, Nursing, Tanzania

It’s World Breastfeeding week—a time to recognize how breastfeeding benefits the health of mothers and babies everywhere and how breastfeeding can contribute toward improved nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction. It’s also a perfect time to celebrate frontline health workers who provide pregnant women and new moms with the support they need to breastfeed. Meet Ivony Kamala, a midwife in Tanzania. She received training from Seed Global Health educators who teach and train midwives, nurses, and doctors in sub-Saharan Africa. By teaching local health professionals, entire communities and countries can benefit from the “ripple effect” created when more skilled clinicians are better prepared to care for the population and serve as Educators themselves for and alongside their local peers. Ivony I Kamala BScMW is a graduate of University of Dodoma and a former student of Seed’s educators who teach and train … Read More

Inspiring the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

Daisy WinnerBlog, Midwifery, Nursing, Tanzania

During her time as a midwifery student at the University of Dodoma, Hilda Mavanza, BScMw, was taught by GHSP Educator Elisa Vandervort. Now Hilda is a teacher in her own right and through her work tutoring at a local nursing school, she is working to strengthen the Tanzania midwifery workforce and expand access to high quality health care. In honor of International Youth Day on August 12th, Seed spoke with Hilda who, at only 26 years old, is already shaping the future of her country through her role as a midwifery educator. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.   Why did you decide to enter the health workforce? I chose a career in healthcare primarily because my late mother, Regina, was a nurse. In our communities where we have fewer healthcare providers than needed, being a healthcare provider is a … Read More

What We Are Reading: International AIDS Conference 2018

Kerry OBrienBlog, News

As the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam comes to a close, check out some of the top headlines from this past week at #AIDS2018! Opinion: We won’t end AIDS unless we invest in health workers (Devex, July 23) Authored by Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry: Advancements in health and science and a sea change in policy priorities over the past decade have made it possible to believe that an end to the HIV epidemic might be in sight. Bad laws and discrimination undermining AIDS response (UNDP, July 22) Discrimination against vulnerable and marginalized communities is seriously hampering the global effort to tackle the HIV epidemic according to a groundbreaking new report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Opening Speech at AIDS 2018 (WHO, July 23) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeus, Director-General of the World Health Organization gives an opening … Read More

Devex: Opinion: We won’t end AIDS unless we invest in health workers

Vanessa KerryBlog, News

Advancements in health and science and a sea change in policy priorities over the past decade have made it possible to believe that an end to the HIV epidemic might be in sight. HIV has been one of the worst killers in history, infecting more than 70 million people worldwide and killing 35 million. Yet today, we are at a crossroads, and it is clear that to truly help extinguish this disease, we must acknowledge the simmering crisis undermining many HIV efforts: the global shortage of skilled, trained health workers. Today, there are not enough doctors, nurses, midwives, and frontline health care workers to address the burden of HIV, let alone the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases. In Malawi, for example, there are only about two physicians for every 100,000 people; in the United States, there are close to 257 physicians for every … Read More

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