Health Workers in Uganda: A Powerful Antidote to Misinformation

CommunicationsBlog, News, Uganda

In the summer of 2020, when the global pandemic was exploding across the world, WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom explained “we’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.” Today, misinformation persists despite a surge of infections that are causing societal disruptions and death in many African countries.  While countries work to mobilize vaccination campaigns and preventive public health measures, the impact of Covid misinformation can be profound. A multi-country survey from the Africa CDC noted that while a majority of Africans would take a COVID-19 vaccine, significant variations exist. In some countries, vaccine acceptance was measured above 90%, while in others it was less than 59%.  All countries and populations need to be protected from Covid in order to disrupt the transmission cycle and to prevent the emergence of new variants. As Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. … Read More

Sierra Leone Country Director Announced

CommunicationsBlog, News, Sierra Leone

Seed Global Health is proud to introduce Mustapha Sonnie as the inaugural Country Director for Sierra Leone. Mustapha has over 18 years of experience in public health including more than 13 years of demonstrated results managing, advising, and implementing programs to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Mustapha will oversee Seed’s growing program in midwifery in Sierra Leone. In 2019, the Office of the Vice President invited Seed to partner with the Government to strengthen midwifery practice and trainee skills in an effort to address the country’s high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. “There is so much opportunity to strengthen the health system in Sierra Leone,” reflected Seed Founder and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry. “We have made great progress over the last year in Sierra Leone and have been proud to partner with the Vice President and Ministry … Read More

CNN Opinion: Covid triggered another crisis

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Following a report from Amnesty International that 17,000 health workers had died on account of the COVID pandemic.  Seed Global Health CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry authored the following opinion piece that was published by CNN on March 16, 2021.   Last Thursday marked one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. The statistics on lives lost are heartbreaking. The reports of economic and labor disruptions are staggering. For decades to come families will bear these impacts; from the empty seat at the dining room table to devastating medical bills and lost wages. Among the many casualties of Covid, you’ll find an underreported but alarming danger: Last week, health workers’ deaths due to the pandemic reached the gruesome milestone of 17,000 across 70 countries. According to Amnesty International, this equates to a health worker dying from Covid-19 every 30 minutes. A hollowed-out health corps will haunt societies … Read More

Launching Partnership with National Council of Higher Education in Uganda

CommunicationsBlog, News, Uganda

MOU signing ceremony

On February 17th, Seed Global Health entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) in Uganda.  This partnership comes at a key juncture for the country.  Following the identification of Uganda’s first cases in March, all universities and health training institutions closed, leading to disruptions in critical programs aimed to address Uganda’s shortages of health workers. Ensuring the resiliency and continuity of health professional education – especially in the contexts of pandemics – will be critical to strengthening Uganda’s health system in the long-term.  Through this partnership and its work with the Ministry of Health and key regional partners, Seed Global Health (Seed) is committed to strengthening human resources for health and clinical practice in Uganda. The inception of this partnership arose from Seed’s work to lead health worker training on COVID care and … Read More

UNGA WEBINAR | Decolonizing Global Health: Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives

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In global health, the priority-setting systems, the funding structures, and power dynamics have perpetuated inequities and left so many people behind for too long. At every level—from intervention prescription to program design to implementation to policy—communities that are affected by health challenges are left out of the conversation.  Join Seed Global Health, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, IntraHealth International, and the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners for a virtual conversation on decolonizing global health happening in conjunction with the 75th UN General Assembly. Nurse and midwife leaders will share their perspectives on what it will take to deconstruct the narratives, structures, and policies that perpetuate the social inequality, including racism, colonialism, sexism, and problematic power dynamics inherent in global health.  Tune in to Hear From: Crystal Lander, Executive Director Global Affairs, Pathfinder International Professor Edward Kumakech, Dean, Faculty of … Read More

UNGA WEBINAR | Building the Bridge: Nurses & midwives protect essential health services during COVID-19

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The world’s attention, efforts, and finances are firmly on tackling COVID-19, rightfully so. However, with the focus on the pandemic, essential health services—ranging from safe delivery to family planning to immunization to malaria treatment—are being undermined. Nurses and midwives play a critical role—they provide COVID-19 care and are at the forefront of ensuring communities continue to access much-needed routine services. The COVID-19 experience, combined with the evidence and recommendations from the State of the World’s Nursing Report, makes it crystal clear that we need to invest in nursing and midwifery globally. We need more nurses and midwives, properly educated, with decent pay and conditions, and able to work to their full license. Join Seed Global Health, Nursing Now, Partners in Health, University of Global Health Equity, and the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners for an engaging online conversation during the first-ever virtual UN General … Read More

Analysis of Anthony Fauci Testimony

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Archive.org MSNBC – Andrea Mitchell Reports July 31, 2020 Andrea Mitchell conducts wide-ranging interviews with political newsmakers and world leaders. Read the full article at Archive.org.

‘Starting to tick up’: Cape Cod officials fear coronavirus clusters as summer continues

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WHDH 7 News Jonathan Hall July 30, 2020 SANDWICH, MASS. (WHDH) – Cape Cod and the islands are seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases as a surge of visitors arrive for summer vacations. Officials are searching for ways to slow the spread as summer tourism continues. There have been 1829 confirmed cases on the Cape and the islands – with 156 deaths. The Barnstable County death rate is 72, one of the lowest in the state.“We were in a pretty consistent place with numbers of new cases,” Senator Julian Cyr said. “Once you’re about two and a half, three weeks out from the Fourth of July weekend, we saw an increase in cases.” There is no evidence of community spread on the Cape, however, there are concerns surrounding indoor house parties. “I do not think large gatherings should happen unless … Read More

Baystate Business: Ballots and Earnings (Radio)

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Bloomberg.com Bloomberg Baystate Business July 30, 2020 – Bloomberg News political reporter Ryan Teague Beckwith on the idea of delaying the election which was tweeted out by the President earlier in the day (2:57) – Boston Globe state house reporter Matt Stout on the issues surrounding mail-in ballots in Massachusetts (13:26) – Boston Herald political columnist Joe Battenfeld on the latest from the Kennedy-Markey race, and the increasing tension between Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and city councilor Michelle Wu (25:37) – Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Kodali on Amazon earnings (30:31) – Bloomberg News gaming reporter Chris Palmeri on the sports gambling issue and the latest from MGM (40:23) – Douglas Quattrochi, Executive Director, MassLandlords, on the eviction moratorium and its impact on landlords across the state (44:00) – Bloomberg Intelligence restaurant analyst Michael Halen on the state of the industry, … Read More