A Community Unites: Run for Refugees 2018

Angie Boehmer RN, MPHBlog, Featured, Nursing, Uganda

Angie Boehmer is a Pediatric Nurse and Volunteer Nurse Educator at Muni University in Arua, Uganda through the Global Health Service Partnership.   According to UNHCR, Uganda is home to over 1.4 million refugees, with an influx of 376,000 arriving just in the past year. Many are fleeing war in South Sudan. West Nile, Uganda, the region where I live, is just across the border from South Sudan and hosts a large portion of these refugees. A few weeks ago, my town held a Run for Refugees run to raise funds to improve access to clean drinking water in refugee settlements. The tagline for the event was: “Fostering solidarity, social co-existence, and inclusiveness among refugees and host communities.” The morning included speeches, the run, and a dance party at the finish line. The run routed through town and even people … Read More

Small Packages

Martha Goedert CNM, FNP, PhDBlog, Featured

My new friend patted the chair seat next to him, a universal sign to sit near. I had just met this seventh grader an hour earlier. Barack has been in Omaha for only a few short weeks, coming from a Tanzanian refugee camp where his Congolese family lived for years. We had a chance meeting on a subzero degree Saturday as I prepared to introduce NO ONE EATS ALONE (NOEA), a program created to decrease teenage isolation. I arrived early that day expecting in one hour to see 80 middle school refugee students ready for a Saturday school flipped classroom. A flipped classroom is an educational strategy that reverses the traditional teaching style by assigning instructional content outside of the classroom while leading typical homework exercises inside the classroom. On approach to the foyer, I saw Barack standing outside, he … Read More

What We Are Reading: World Refugee Day 2018

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, News

Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading during #RefugeeWeek2018 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. Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis (Al Jazeera, March 1) Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis. Uganda launches major refugee verification operation (UNHCR, March 2) With the support of UNHCR, government officials are using biometric data to verify more than 1 million refugees in the country. Systematically terrorised: Rohingya refugees face severe healthcare restrictions (The New Arab, May 15) Rohingya refugees continue to face discrimination in Myanmar as they deal with grave limitations in practically all areas of life … Read More

HRH Roundup: What We’re Reading, May 2018

Kerry OBrienBlog, 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. New research partnership makes childbirth safer in Mozambique The Conversation, March 26 As the world awakens to deep injustices for women globally, an ambitious project led by University of Saskatchewan researchers in Mozambique is striving to reset the course —reducing maternal mortality and improving newborn health by empowering women and girls. Midwives leading the way with quality care FIGO, April 5 Quality of care is a priority for reducing preventable maternal and child deaths. It is also the theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife; ‘Midwives leading … Read More

Turning Learning Into Impact: Part 4

Clelia Anna ManninoBlog, Featured

In early 2017, Seed’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning team surveyed alumni of GHSP’s first three cohorts to learn more about the motivations and factors that led them to serve, their challenges and support after completing service, their current work, and the impact of their GHSP experience. In total, we received responses from the 88 alumni that completed service in years 1-3, representing an 86% response rate. Selected findings are highlighted below.   58% of alumni indicated working often or always in underserved populations and/or in resource-limited settings domestically upon completion of their service.   Challenges faced upon return: The most frequently-mentioned challenge that alumni faced upon their return was their readjustment to life and work in the United States (42%). For example, alumni reported challenges in resuming work with an excess of resources, reverse culture shock, feeling disconnected to their … Read More

Turning Learning Into Impact: Part 3

Clelia Anna ManninoBlog, Featured

Core to Seed’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) practices is regularly synthesizing the data that we collect into a global picture of our programmatic impact.  We recently engaged in this internal reflection exercise, examining three data sources in particular: a qualitative evaluation of GHSP in its first two years of implementation; a 2017 survey of over 1600 students who have worked with GHSP Volunteers over the years; and a 2017 learning exercise that evaluated GHSP’s outcomes on the student learning experience.  Findings coalesced into three core areas of impact: Delivering quality education in both the classroom and clinical setting Improving students’ confidence, increasing their knowledge, improving their clinical skills, and improving their ability to translate what they learn in the classroom setting to their clinical practice. Promoting students’ professional growth & development Improving students’ confidence, fostering pride in their profession, … Read More

Turning Learning Into Impact: Part 2

Clelia Anna ManninoBlog, Featured

The WHO projects that 40 million new health sector jobs will be created by 2030, concentrated in middle- and high-income countries, yet low- and middle- income countries are projected to face a shortage of 18 million health workers by this time Despite these bleak statistics, the thousands of medical and nursing students, are a reason to remain optimistic. Since 2013, Seed’s flagship program, the Global Health Service Partnership, has helped train more than 13,700 students in Liberia, Malawi, eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Tanzania, and Uganda. This partnership brings highly-qualified U.S. healthcare volunteers to educate local medical and nursing students over the course of a year through instruction in the classroom and at the bedside. By teaching local health professionals, entire communities and countries can benefit from the “ripple effect” created when students become more-skilled clinicians and are then better … Read More

Turning Learning Into Impact: Part 1

Clelia Anna ManninoBlog, Featured

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin Closing the health workforce gap, so that local leaders and local professionals can meet local need, is not a short-term commitment. But improvements in the long-term necessitate reflection and data-based adjustments in strategy and implementation. Any effort to create lasting change must not only celebrate “progress” framed broadly, but also effectively measure improvement, evaluate impact, and learn – from both success and failure – so as to continuously improve upon its approach. And we take our commitment to continuous learning and improvement within our work seriously. Since 2013, Seed Global Health has partnered with the US Peace Corps and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to deploy volunteer nurses and physicians to teach and train medical and nursing students as part of a unique collaboration – the … Read More

HRH Roundup: What We’re Reading, April 2018

Zack LangwayBlog, 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 delivered to your inbox – click here to sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Female health workers in conservative Afghanistan facing immense barriers Xinhua, April 8 Scarcity of female health workers still remains a challenge in conservative Afghanistan despite improvement in women’s status and progress in the health sector within the last 17 years. Everyone needs access to quality health services – WHO Malawi24, April 7 As the world celebrates the World Health Day today, World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed the need for everyone to access health services. According to a statement released by WHO, universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere … Read More