National Doctors’ Day: Impacting Communities, One Patient at a Time

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine

March 30 is National Doctors’ Day, an opportunity to recognize the impact that physicians have on communities and their dedication to patients around the country. At Seed Global Health, we believe in investing in the rising generation of physicians, both here in the US and abroad, to support a confident, caring, and committed healthcare workforce. Since 2013, we have placed almost 80 physicians in visiting faculty roles at partner institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to help strengthen medical education. These Physician Educators not only contributed to strengthening training in the classroom and clinical settings but have also reported that this experience enabled them to refine their own teaching and clinical skills. They return to the US with a desire to continue volunteering, working in resource-limited settings, and teaching – all of which may be of value in addressing health disparities here. … Read More

Enhancing Family Medicine to Strengthen Malawi’s Health System

Seed Global HealthBlog, Malawi, Medicine

Dr. Anna McDonald initially went to Malawi in 2015 through the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP)—a five-year collaboration between the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Peace Corps, and Seed. Around that time, Seed had partnered with the University of Malawi, College of Medicine (COM) to help establish the first family medicine training program in the country. Led by a former Seed Educator, Elizabeth Hutchinson, the partnership expanded and began working with Swedish Medical Center. Through the collaboration with Swedish, US-based residents can rotate at clinical sites in Malawi alongside Malawian residents, medical students, and hospital staff, where everyone is mentored by a Seed Physician Educator. Anna and Nicholas Napoli, a fellow GHSP alum, were the first educators to take US residents to Mangochi District Hospital. In 2018, Anna went back to the country as a Seed … Read More

What Will It Take to End TB?

Seed Global HealthBlog, Community Health, UHC

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a leading cause of death worldwide, with a disproportionate impact on the global south. The infectious bacterial disease is not only treatable but also curable and preventable: an estimated 54 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2017. Each year, World TB Day is recognized on March 24th to raise awareness about the disease, its impact on communities across the globe and efforts to eliminate it. The theme this year is It’s Time—to test and treat latent TB infection; to strengthen TB education and awareness among healthcare providers; to speak up; to end stigma; and to end TB. To learn about what it will take to end TB, we talked to our Director of Pediatric Nursing, and former Seed Nurse Educator, Dr. Brittney van de Water, who is currently a … Read More

#ICYMI: Highlights from the Africa Health Agenda International Conference

Seed Global HealthBlog, UHC

Held in Kigali, Rwanda, the Africa Health Agenda International Conference brought together over 1,500 participants to discuss home-grown solutions to the most pressing health challenges that African countries face, with a focus on achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. The conference participants, who represented 47 countries, discussed topics ranging from delivering care in diverse settings to financing the expansion of UHC. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from conference: DAY ONE: Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization Director-General, gave video remarks that emphasized the need for using holistic approaches and engaging all sectors of society to ensure that people get the health care they need and deserve. Professor Philip Cotton from the University of Rwanda got the day off to a great start yesterday with a provocative pre-plenary special lecture on morality and health. … Read More

Advancing a Midwifery Model of Care to Enhance Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Malawi

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Malawi, Midwifery

While Malawi has made great strides in reducing both maternal and child mortality, there remains a great need to build the capacity of health workers to further accelerate improvements in outcomes of mothers, newborns, and children. To help with this, Seed Midwife Educator Linda Robinson collaborated with Ursula Kafulafula, a former dean at Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi, to advance a midwifery model of care in the country. We spoke to Linda to learn more about the project that she and Ursula are working on to create a sustainable midwifery-led maternity ward that would model the type of care women should get during childbirth. Please tell us a little bit about yourself—what inspired you to become a midwife? When I graduated from nursing school, I intended to focus on public health. I went to the Peace Corps right … Read More

Supporting the Family Medicine Specialty in Malawi

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Malawi, Medicine

Over three years ago, Seed Global Health partnered with the University of Malawi, College of Medicine to help establish the first family medicine training program in the country. Led by a former Seed Educator, the partnership expanded and began working with Swedish Medical Center. It is through the exchange developed and coordinated by Swedish that Dr. Jacob Nettleton first went to Malawi as a family medicine resident. In 2018, he returned to the country as a Seed Educator to continue supporting the expansion of the specialty. We spoke to Jacob about his experience, lessons learned, and the role family medicine plays in strengthening Malawi’s health system. What inspired you to return to Malawi as a Seed Educator? My career goal within medicine, since my undergraduate days, was to somehow be involved in global health equity. I tried to amass different … Read More

What We Are Reading: November 2018

Seed Global HealthBlog, 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. How a wooden bench is starting a revolution in mental health (CNN, October 16) On the Friendship Bench, a form of problem-solving therapy targets the potential triggers of distress and patients are guided toward their own solutions. She Fights TB and HIV Door-to-Door on this Tanzanian Island (Frontline Health Workers Coalition, October 26) Nanzula Jagaja is a certified HIV and TB community home-based care provider who goes house-to-house making sure people know about the risks and symptoms associated with HIV and TB, and linking them to formal … Read More

Devex: Opinion: The economic case for reproductive rights

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Uncategorized

Good health is critical to advancing economic opportunities for women and the societies in which they live. Decades of data have already shown the power of good health to positively transform economies — and what poor health does to undermine them. One extra year of life expectancy has been shown to raise gross domestic product per capita by about 4 percent. Nearly one-quarter of growth in low- and middle-income countries from 2001-2011 came out of improvements in health. There is, however, a unique case to be made for investing specifically in women’s health. Despite progress made and years of evidence-based advocacy, a startling fact remains: Nowhere in the world do women have full control over their health because of the limitations and barriers to effective, open sexual and reproductive health care. A new report by the United Nations Population Fund, “The … Read More

Thanking the World’s Health Workers

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

In some countries, like the United States, this time of year begins a season of celebration with family and friends, and reflection on the year that is coming to a close. While at first blush, the year may feel tumultuous with many challenges, there is a great deal for which we are grateful here at Seed Global Health. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts, commitment, and mission of the Seed team and our partners, we launched Sharing Knowledge, Saving Lives: Seed Global Health’s 5 Year Plan to Strengthen Health Systems. Central to that strategic plan is the immense contributions and power of the healthcare workforce to help solve many of the entrenched problems we face in health. As we initiate this season of gratitude, we want to acknowledge those healthcare workers on the frontlines who carry the flag for better health … Read More

Improving Newborn, Infant, and Child Health in Uganda

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Medicine, Uganda

Three years ago, Dr. Lisa Rynn worked as a visiting pediatric lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital in Uganda through the Seed Global Health/Global Health Service Partnership. This month, Lisa returned to Uganda to work as a Seed Educator at Busitema University and spoke to us about her experience. Could you tell us a little bit about your experience as a visiting lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital? I gave lectures and clinical teaching to the 3rd and 5th year students during their pediatrics rotations. I also helped support the interns and medical officers working in the pediatrics ward at Lacor Hospital. On most days, my experience was a mix of overwhelming, humbling, and rewarding. There always seemed to be a lot of things I wanted to accomplish in the day, students to teach, and patients to see. … Read More