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
Inequitable power dynamics and colonial legacies continue to shape education and training of health professionals across Africa. We talked to Tembi Mugore about the urgent need to redesign nursing and midwifery curricula and training programs to be responsive to local health needs; adapt international competency standards to countries’ context; and equip nurses and midwives to lead within the health system. Stembile “Tembi” Mugore is currently the Senior Advisor for Health Sector Performance and Sustainability at IntraHealth International. She is a UK state registered nurse, a UK state certified midwife, and a public health practitioner. Tembi has over 20 years of extensive experience and expertise in policy and strategy development; clinical service delivery strengthening; health systems strengthening; and integration of maternal and child health, family planning, and HIV services.
Zambia has made significant improvements in reducing mortality rates related to acute infectious diseases over the last decade. However, the country is experiencing a shifting burden of disease, with a growing prevalence of chronic noncommunicable diseases, that its health workforce is not prepared to address. Shortages of physicians are especially acute in rural areas, where the bulk of Zambia’s populace is concentrated. In the spring of 2010, a group of educators at the University of Zambia (UNZA) began working to develop a post-graduate training program in family medicine, with the aim of developing physicians who could treat a wide array of medical conditions across the lifespan. The new specialty would be well-suited to administer preventive and curative care in both urban and rural settings. In the course of three years, Seed Global Health (Seed) engaged in the essential planning and … Read More
Join Seed Global Health (Seed) for an interactive virtual workshop on using technology to expand capacity for health education, particularly in the era of COVID-19. Session attendees will hear about practical lessons learned in technology implementation and future possibilities from Seed, learners, health educators, and experts from nonprofit and academic institutions in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. Through this session, we will: Identify the health education challenges faced globally that can be mitigated through the use of new technologies Share existing solutions and develop ideas to overcome the barriers to implementing new technologies in health education Facilitate networking between participants to create opportunities for further collaboration and mutual learning Details: Webinar: Utilizing Technology to Expand Capacity for Health Education Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Time: 9am – Noon EST | 8 – 11am CST | 6am – 9am PST | … Read More