Resilience in the Face of Hardship: Pediatrics in Malawi

Kerry OBrienBlog, Featured, Malawi, Medicine

Surrounding this year’s American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Summit, Seed Global Health spoke with Joshua Grahe, MD, former GHSP Volunteer, about how his experience teaching in Malawi has continued to impact his outlook as a Pediatrician in the US. Could you tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you initially become involved in GHSP? During my residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, I began to see how being a Pediatrician meant that I have a responsibility for treating children in a multifaceted way. There was and continues to be a big push for understanding not only traditional medicine, but the social determinants of health and how they influence the lives of our patients. Be it physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, loss of a parent, poverty, or exposure to violence, these events impact those … Read More

Tuko Pamoja: Nursing Students in Tanzania

Adrienne White, RN, WHNPBlog, Featured, Nursing, Tanzania

Adrienne White, RN, WHNP, served as a Nurse Educator through GHSP in Tanzania during the 2017-2018 school year. Adrienne reflects on working with her nursing students surrounding UN International Youth Day 2018.  Youth represent 40 to 50 percent of the populations of most sub-Saharan African countries, with only a few other nations worldwide that have as high percentages.  Yet with fierce competition, starting at secondary school level, few young adults are able to advance to tertiary education and only a very small percentage make it to university level.  Once they do make it to university level, many students in Tanzania have large extended families who count on them, not only to excel in their studies so that they can lift the family out of poverty but also, and more immediately, to assist the family financially.  Nursing students in Tanzania report … Read More

Celebrate Frontline Health Workers Who Support Breastfeeding Mothers

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Midwifery, Nursing, Tanzania

It’s World Breastfeeding week—a time to recognize how breastfeeding benefits the health of mothers and babies everywhere and how breastfeeding can contribute toward improved nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction. It’s also a perfect time to celebrate frontline health workers who provide pregnant women and new moms with the support they need to breastfeed. Meet Ivony Kamala, a midwife in Tanzania. She received training from Seed Global Health educators who teach and train midwives, nurses, and doctors in sub-Saharan Africa. By teaching local health professionals, entire communities and countries can benefit from the “ripple effect” created when more skilled clinicians are better prepared to care for the population and serve as Educators themselves for and alongside their local peers. Ivony I Kamala BScMW is a graduate of University of Dodoma and a former student of Seed’s educators who teach and train … Read More

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