Seed Honors and Celebrates Juneteenth

Dr. Vanessa KerryBlog, Featured, News

This Friday, June 19, Seed Global Health will mark Juneteenth as a company-wide holiday. Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. This is a day of significant—and for too long under recognized—celebration. Together, we observe our collective painful history and we celebrate Black people and culture.

Announcement: Zambia Country Representative

CommunicationsMedicine, News, Zambia

Bassim Birkland, MD MPH Seed Global Health Country Representative to Zambia Seed Global Health is proud to announce the appointment of Bassim Birkland, MD MPH as Seed Global Health’s Country Representative to Zambia.  Dr. Birkland is a resident of Zambia, his wife’s home, where he has worked for years as a primary care physician and as a global health consultant to both public and private institutions. Bassim’s professional interests include medical education and training and he has been involved in establishing new health professional training programs in Zambia. He has years of experience with clinical teaching of health professionals in low-resource settings. He has held a faculty position at the University of Zambia since 2017 and currently coordinates the only Family Medicine training program in the country. Bassim has long been dedicated to working with underserved populations both in his home country … Read More

In Memory of Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

Seed Global HealthNews

We have lost an extraordinary leader in our field, champion for health equity, civil rights activist, mentor, colleague, and a dear friend. A professor at the George Washington University, Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan has had a remarkable career in medicine and health policy and has helped pioneer the global health workforce field. For Seed Global Health, Fitz has always been a trailblazer. With roots in the National Health Service Corps and international health policy, his work helped forge the path for ours, including as part of the Global Health Service Partnership with the US Peace Corps, and our launch as an international health service corps starting in 2013.  He served as our Founding Board Chair and has been a Senior Advisor since our inception. Fitz’s work on health workforce migration and brain drain, as the PI of the MEPI Coordinating Center … Read More

Seed Global Health Uganda Launches Five-Year Country Strategy

Seed Global HealthNews, Uganda

On November 7, Seed Global Health (Seed) launched our 5-year Uganda strategy in Kampala. Seed supports two key areas in the country: emergency care and maternal, newborn, and child health. We do this by building human resource for health capacity through training doctors, nurses, and midwives. Seed was honored to have vice chancellors from our partner institutions–Busitema University, Lira University, Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Muni University–attend the event. The Minister of State for Primary Health Care Dr. Joyce Kaducu and U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Sports were also in attendance. In her remarks, Honorable Kaducu applauded Seed for our renewed commitment and promise to continue supporting the government of Uganda in health systems strengthening. “There is a rising burden of medical … Read More

Seed Nursing Advisor Appointed to High-Level WHO Group

Seed Global HealthMalawi, News, Nursing

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!

Join Seed Global Health at #UNGA74!

Seed Global HealthNews, UHC

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

Global Nursing Caucus Fall Summit: October 19, 2019

Seed Global HealthNews, Nursing

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.

American Academy of Nursing Selects Seed Board Member Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan as an Honorary Fellow

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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

Ebola Outbreak in DRC Declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern


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