Seed Global Health Malawi Nursing Advisor Margaret Phiri has been appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) High-Level Consultative Group on the Health Workforce. The WHO appointed Margaret in her capacity as an expert and champion of health workforce development in Africa. The consultative group will advise the Health Systems and Services Cluster on implementation of the health workforce agenda for the region. Their key areas of focus include: Health workforce monitoring and evaluation and evidence Health workforce policy and planning Health workforce leadership, management, and governance Education and training Nursing and midwifery services This is an amazing recognition of Margaret’s commitment to championing and advocating for health professionals across Africa. We know that the group will benefit tremendously from her expertise. Congratulations Margaret!
Seed Global Health will be at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23 to 27. Please tune in to our two key events. Transforming Health Workforce Education to Meet Population Needs and Achieve UHC September 24 | 10:30 AM–12:30 PM In recent years, global governance efforts and reports and World Health Assemblies have called for increasing social accountability in the education of health professionals to better respond to population needs. Much remains to be done. This event brings together educators, thought leaders, policymakers, and funders to discuss why transformative health workforce education and evaluation of the workforce data on production, employment, and retention are vital to universal health coverage (UHC). Participants will discuss key issues and emerging evidence pertinent to the return-on-investments of socially accountable health workforce education and identify next steps to mobilize action. Check back for livestream … Read More
On October 19, 2019, the Global Nursing Caucus and the MGH Institute of Health Professions Center on Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health will host the 8th Annual Meeting on Nursing. This year’s theme is Celebrating Initiatives to Promote Nursing Around the Globe. Join us to: Discuss the role of various organizations in the implementation of initiatives promoting nursing and their impact on nurses Analyze the different mediums by which nurses can best tell their stories Register to attend and download the program.
On October 26, 2019, the American Academy of Nursing will officially name Seed Board Member Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan as an Honorary Fellow at its Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Mullan is one of the three Honorary Fellows selected by the Academy in recognition of their work to advance the expertise of the nursing profession and champion better health. “These three individuals have heightened the nation’s health through collaboration with our profession and innovation in their strategies,” said Academy President Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN. “The Academy is proud to recognize these leaders as Honorary Fellows and welcome them into the ranks of our membership.” Dr. Mullan has a long history of engagement with nursing education and dedication to U.S. and international health workforce issues. His work focuses on equity in health professions education. He served … Read More
On July 17, the World Health Organization (WHO) elevated the status of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). “The WHO has shown critical leadership in highlighting the significance of the DRC outbreak and we hope the needed resources and attention will follow to stop the ongoing preventable infections and deaths,” said Vanessa Kerry, CEO of Seed Global Health. “We learned important lessons from 2014 and it is essential that we respect and act on them as a global community.” The declaration is a welcome and strong call to action. We cannot afford to ignore it. This Ebola outbreak is a global—our—problem. It is a stark and devastating reminder that infectious diseases are not restricted by boundaries—personal, physical, or geographical. Despite the paucity of headlines over the … Read More
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Uganda have confirmed three cases of Ebola in the country, all from the same family. The first victim, a 5-year old boy, sadly died on June 11. A second victim, the boy’s grandmother, died on June 12. The two had travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with their family and re-entered Uganda through the Bwera border post in Kasese district. Five relatives of the deceased, one of whom has Ebola, agreed to be repatriated to the DRC. Three suspected cases, not related to the index case, remain in isolation at a hospital near the border. The MOH, WHO, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control have dispatched Rapid Response Teams to the district to bolster the efforts of the teams on the ground and the local and national … Read More
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
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
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
The United Nations General Assembly opened this week with nine days of general debate and discussion focused on creating equitable societies all over the world. As leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector gather for this annual pulse-check on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, it’s heartening to see our leaders elevating the cross-cutting role good health plays in creating prosperity and peace across the globe. This year’s UNGA will feature three high-level meetings on health — one on tuberculosis, one on noncommunicable diseases, and another on access to universal health care. These convenings are encouraging. TB remains the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 10.4 million new cases of TB in 2016. And according to the World Health Organization, of the 56.9 million deaths in 2016 globally, more than 71 percent were due to NCDs — cardiovascular … Read More