Launching Partnership with National Council of Higher Education in Uganda

CommunicationsBlog, News, Uganda

MOU signing ceremony

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

Patterns & Meaning Episode 2: Redesigning Health Education and Training with Tembi Mugore

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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.

Ensuring Access to High-Quality Primary Care

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine

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

Webinar | Utilizing Technology to Expand Capacity for Health Education

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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

Patterns & Meaning Episode 1: Dismantling “-Isms” in Global Health with Judy Khanyola

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In global health, the priority setting systems that have been created, the funding structures, and power dynamics have perpetuated inequities and left so many behind for so long. We sit down with Judy Khanyola to talk about the specific ways racism, colonialism, and neocolonialism influence global health; what we must do to dismantle the system; and how we can foster partnerships that are community-led, responsive, and truly deliver durable change. (This episode was recorded in November last year and references events at that time.) Judy Khanyola is currently the Chair of the Center for Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Global Health Equity. She is a recognized leader with over 25 years of experience in clinical nursing and education programs. Judy has led HIV programs and provided technical support to NGOs and the public sector, working with partners and … Read More

Introducing Patterns & Meaning, a Podcast by Seed Global Health

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Seed Global Health is excited to announce our new podcast, Patterns & Meaning!  The biweekly podcast centers the voices of health professionals across Africa who are at the front lines of providing care in their communities but are often left out of global health conversations and decision making. Through their stories, we find meaning in patterns; connect history to the present; and illuminate the way forward in global health. Our first season focuses on decolonizing global health—from efforts to identify community needs to curriculum development to program design to policy making to funding. Tune in to hear health professionals share their perspectives on what it will take to deconstruct the narratives, structures, policies, and power dynamics that have perpetuated inequities and build a system that truly ensures health for all. It is our hope that from these conversations, we will … Read More

Strengthening Mental Health Services in Malawi

CommunicationsBlog, Malawi, Nursing

Mental health is a critical issue in Malawi. Reports estimate that nearly 30% of patients in the country are affected by mental health conditions. Despite the significant need, the availability of mental health services is limited, largely due to a scarcity of mental health professionals. Stigma and lack of knowledge further limit access to much-needed services.  Unfortunately, very few institutions in Malawi can help train specialized professionals. Additionally, primary health workers are most often not equipped to deal with mental health issues. To close these gaps, Seed partnered with St. John of God College of Health Sciences (SJOG) to strengthen mental health education and advocate for policies to better integrate mental health services into primary care delivery. Last October,  Seed’s Associate Director of Primary Care and Community Health Nursing Dr. Kate York, Nursing and Midwifery Advisor Margaret Phiri, and SJOG … Read More

Strong Health Systems and the COVID-19 Variant

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Statement from Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry in response to travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 variant identified in the United States, UK, and South Africa.   COVID is a global concern and we have to understand our connectivity in what is now a small and connected world. We live in a globalized economy where materials, goods, and people flow relatively freely whether the UK, South Africa or the US. This movement is the lifeblood of the global economy. But to protect our economy and wellbeing, we need to prioritize health security and that means stopping this pandemic in all countries. Health security issues do not respect borders, citizenship – or political mandates. Where there are flows of people, there will be flows of COVID.  We must ensure vaccinations, testing, and robust healthcare for all during this pandemic. We … Read More

2020 End of Year Letter from Dr. Vanessa Kerry

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Dear Friends and Supporters, 2020 has been one of the most extraordinary periods in modern history. Across the globe, the cross currents of the pandemic have exposed and exacerbated long standing health, racial, and economic inequities. In these difficult moments, we are reminded of our shared humanity and the need to break down the exclusive silos in which we are born, live, learn, work, and age. I am forever an optimist even in the hardest of times. As we feel the crush of 2020 give way to the promise of 2021, there is an opportunity to in fact celebrate this tumultuous year. 2020 has laid bare the stakes we face but also offers us a historic opportunity to examine our lived values. We can be challenged—in the best of ways—to consider what we believe in and how we enact those beliefs. We have … Read More

PPE Donation and Schools Opening in Mangochi

CommunicationsBlog, Malawi

  Seed Global Health is proud to join Providence St. Joseph Health in making a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control supplies valued at 44 million kwatchas to the Malawi College of Medicine and the Mangochi District Hospital. The donation, managed by Seed Global Health with financial support provided by Providence, represents one of the largest private commitments to the hospital’s efforts to respond to COVID-19. The timing of this donation comes at a critical moment in Malawi. Through the fall, the country had identified more than 5,576 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in more than 175 deaths.   Despite this toll, the government had made progress in containing the virus and announced a phased reopening of schools which began on September 7th. “This is the right time to assist Mangochi,” explained District Health Officer Dr. Henry Chibowa. … Read More