Strengthening Pediatric Capacity to Improve Health Outcomes

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When a child is sick in the U.S., a pediatrician 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 in their efforts 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. As a global community, we’ve … 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

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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 … Read More

What We Are Reading: UNGA Week In Review

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Check out some of the top headlines from #UNGA73! Bill and Melinda Gates: The world’s priority should be poverty reduction in Africa (Quartz, September 18) Bill and Melinda Gates say improving health and education in Africa should be the world’s priority. Ripple Effect: The Expansive Impact of NCDs (Devex, Philips, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, September 20) Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for a staggering 70 percent of global deaths. Ripple Effect seeks to explain just a few of these challenges through the perspective of health care workers and individuals living with NCDs in three different countries. Opinion: Skilled health workers are the foundation of a healthy world (Devex, September 21) Authored by Seed CEO Vanessa Kerry: People are at the heart of the health system in any country. Yet while the evidence shows that we must … Read More

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