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 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

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

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

Inspiring the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

Daisy WinnerBlog, Midwifery, Nursing, Tanzania

During her time as a midwifery student at the University of Dodoma, Hilda Mavanza, BScMw, was taught by GHSP Educator Elisa Vandervort. Now Hilda is a teacher in her own right and through her work tutoring at a local nursing school, she is working to strengthen the Tanzania midwifery workforce and expand access to high quality health care. In honor of International Youth Day on August 12th, Seed spoke with Hilda who, at only 26 years old, is already shaping the future of her country through her role as a midwifery educator. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.   Why did you decide to enter the health workforce? I chose a career in healthcare primarily because my late mother, Regina, was a nurse. In our communities where we have fewer healthcare providers than needed, being a healthcare provider is a … Read More

Midwives: “A Force for the Better”

Diana Garde, CNM, ARNP​Blog, Midwifery, Nursing, Uganda

People ask “why midwifery?” and “what drew you to this field?” and I often feel that my attempt to answer falls very short of explaining how it is that I ended up in Northern Uganda, teaching midwifery to eager, bright baccalaureate-level students. How does one adequately explain why we crave some thing, feel at peace in some special place or why we fall in love? How do you express the gut feeling that something is ‘right’? How do you explain the draw towards something that at once needs to be absorbed and simultaneously diffused outward in the world? My choice in career has been not so much a calculated decision, but rather an organic movement. Each day around the world, there are 360,000 heroic women who experience childbirth. Approximately 830 of those women die in the process. Not all are … Read More

Midwives: Drivers and Leaders in Addressing MNCH Gaps

Robyn Churchill, Senior Midwifery Advisor, Seed Global HealthBlog, Midwifery, Nursing

Midwives have existed even before formalized healthcare. We were the original healers, birth attendants, and confidantes. The role of the midwife has been improved upon and integrated into the healthcare sector, but historically, midwives have come from their communities, and in nearly every society on the planet, women go to midwives to birth their babies. I was teaching in Newark, NJ and on my way to graduate studies in education when I had a transformational experience with midwives. Just having had a baby with midwives in a birth center, I was supporting two of my students, providing advice to them as they navigated their ways through sub-par healthcare during their own pregnancies. I thought back to the quality and compassionate care I received from my midwives, and said to myself, “in another life, I would be a midwife.”’ It’s a … Read More

Nursing Now!

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Midwifery, Nursing, Uganda

As the majority of front line health workforce, nurses around the world are essential to meeting the health care needs of our communities. Yet the dire shortage of nurses globally poses a major challenge for high and low income countries alike:  sub-Saharan Africa alone faces a shortfall of more than 600,000 nurses. Yesterday, the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses launched the Nursing Now campaign, which aims to raise the status of nursing and empower nurses around the world. The three-year campaign will work with partners around the world to advocate for nurses, supporting their ability to be properly trained, increasing their role in policy making, and enabling them to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s health challenges. Uganda, where Seed Global Health has been supporting nursing education since 2013, was chosen to pilot the Nursing Now Africa initiative. … Read More

Midwives Matter for Liberia

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Liberia, Midwifery

In Liberia, 44 percent of women give birth at home without a skilled birth attendant. Without the support of a trained professional, women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and child birth. Midwives are essential partners in stopping these unnecessary deaths, as they play an instrumental role in ensuring skilled care for mom and baby during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the important first days and weeks after birth. Seed Global Health has supported midwifery in Liberia since 2015, placing volunteer midwifery educators at partner institutions to work alongside local educators in teaching and training the next generation of midwives in the country. We pair skilled, volunteer faculty – like Nicole Geller, who has spent the last two years empowering midwifery students through clinical education –  with local midwives, teaching and working together so that mothers throughout communities … Read More

Championing Health Workers in the SDGs

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Liberia, Malawi, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda

The most recent report from the United Nations on the advancements made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals finds that while progress has been made across all areas of development, the pace of progress has been slow, and advancements have been uneven to fully meet the implementation of the SDGs by 2030. Established in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all member countries of the United Nations focused on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. SDG 3 seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. Major strides have been made in improving health around the world: between 2000 and 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio declined by 37 per … Read More

Caught in the Crossfire: Health Systems in Conflict Areas

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

 The conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan are unlike any wars seen before. Long-running and complex, these conflicts have devastated these countries – untold numbers of citizens have been killed and even more have been forced to flee their homes for neighboring states. There are more than five million registered Syrian refugees alone. As violence and fighting wages on, infrastructure and public services have collapsed. Health systems in these countries have been torn apart. Overwhelmed, understaffed, structurally damaged, and under-resourced, health centers have been brought to the brink of collapse. As of October 2017, resulting from the ongoing conflict, health facilities in Yemen had not received funding to cover operational costs in thirteen months and almost 30,000 health workers had not received their salaries consistently during this period. Yet they ask to save lives in dire conditions every day. CSIS … Read More