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

Strengthening Pediatric Capacity to Improve Health Outcomes

Seed Global HealthArchives, Blog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

When a child is sick in the U.S., a highly trained health professional is often there to help deliver care, support the parent, and help the whole family return to wellness. But in far too many places around the world, our youngest and most vulnerable lack equal access to quality pediatric care. We discussed the value of building pediatric health capacity with Dr. Kiran Mitha, Seed’s Director of Pediatric Programs, to understand how she and Seed will support physicians, nurses, and midwives in their effort to improve health outcomes for newborns, infants, and children. Seed Global Health recently announced a new five-year strategy to improve health and save lives. How do you see pediatrics as core to Seed’s mission to strengthen health systems? Seed’s five-year strategy includes maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) as one of 3 key areas of focus. … Read More

Our Push on Policy

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Effective policy is essential to nurturing the supportive context required for health professionals to provide the best possible care. From the integration of EMTCT into national HIV/AIDS strategies to the prioritization of women and girls as key populations for addressing health inequity, we’ve seen time and time again that supportive policy can be the catalyst that allows capacity building, practice improvement, and human-centered innovation to reach maximum scale and maximum impact. Policy is one of three major pillars of Seed Global Health’s new 5-year strategy.  The decision is very intentional. We firmly believe that engaging policymakers and institutional policy influencers can and will help to redefine the value of health with human potential and skill at the core. Building health capacity and healthcare leadership requires human expertise at all levels. But whether in the clinic or the classroom, skilled health … Read More

Empowering Girls for a Healthier World

Seed Global HealthArchives, Blog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Women represent 70% of the world’s health workforce. Whether we are talking about community health workers, surgeons, nurses and midwives, or informal caregivers, the contributions of women to healthier communities and countries is undeniable. With unique insight into the health needs of women and girls, female health workers are particularly well positioned to fill essential gaps in health care delivery, including gender-competent family planning services and breastfeeding as part of maternal-newborn care. Seed Global Health educates a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care in order to improve health and save lives. And we know that with women comprising such a large part of the professional health workforce, we must pay special attention to the women who will serve as physicians, nurses, and midwives, as their advanced training and professional expertise will be critical to addressing … Read More

Addressing Misconceptions and Eliminating the Stigma: Mental Health in Malawi

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, Malawi, Medicine

According to the World Health Organization, one half of all mental illness starts by the age of 14, but most cases remain untreated. World Mental Health Day, marked every year on October 10, provides a moment to pause and recognize the need to prioritize access to mental health care, remove the stigma and raise awareness for the treatment and prevention of mental illness worldwide. To learn more about misconceptions in mental health, we spoke with former volunteer Amelia Rutter. She served in Malawi from 2016-2017 at St. John of God College of Health Sciences. She spoke of  her time in Malawi, and how it has continued to impact her work as a family nurse practitioner now that she’s home in the United States. How did you initially become involved with Seed Global Health/Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), and what are … Read More