Strengthening Primary Care Through Portable Ultrasounds in Zambia

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine

Dr. Kunka (right) demonstrates to Dr. Makasa (left) how to do a specific ultrasound scan. Medical imaging and ultrasounds are used globally on a daily basis. These tools improve the quality of care from obstetrics to emergency care and are valuable in the primary care context. Despite its benefits, diagnostic ultrasound has not been broadly or equitably accessible around the world. Because of the specialized skills needed and large technical installations of imaging equipment, scans have traditionally required secondary clinicians, such as radiologists, sonographers, or subspecialists, to perform and interpret them. For resource-limited countries, especially those with critical shortages in human resources for health, these requirements have prevented millions of people from accessing essential diagnostic and screening services. Fortunately, recent advances in ultrasound technology have resulted in devices that are small enough to fit in a clinician’s pocket and be … Read More

Event Recording: Decolonizing Global Health | Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives

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During the first ever virtual UN General Assembly, Seed Global Health, in collaboration with the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners, hosted a webinar focused on decolonizing global health featuring perspectives from nurse and midwife leaders. Our panelists outlined the numerous ways racism, colonialism, neocolonialism, and white saviorism negatively impact global health care, programs, policy, and funding. Ultimately, communities that these same efforts are designed to aid end up being silenced, exploited, and left to grapple with poor health outcomes. Decolonization of global health can and will be done. We can start by: Recognizing local leadership, expertise, and knowledge Actively involving communities served in investment and funding decisions Creating programs and policies that are community-led, responsive, and people-centered Transforming health professional education and training Making reparations to communities for resources that have historically been taken away Ensuring communities are … Read More

Watch: Building the Bridge | Nurses and Midwives Protect Essential Health Services During COVID-19

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On the occasion of the first virtual UN General Assembly, Seed Global Health, in collaboration with the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners, hosted a side event titled Building the Bridge | Nurses and Midwives Protect Essential Health Services During COVID-19.  Our panelists shared insights on the critical role of nurses and midwives, investments needed, strategies for retaining them in their professions, and the impact of their leadership on health systems. Key Takeaways Health is a political choice. Governments need to invest in and engage nurses and midwives in order to address the 21st century health challenges we face. We will not reach Universal Health Coverage without the proper education and training of more nurses and midwives. Investing in nurses and midwives means investing in the future of healthcare. We must create an enabling environment for nurses and midwives to … Read More

UNGA WEBINAR | Decolonizing Global Health: Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives

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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

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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

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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