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

Family Nurse Practitioners: Essential to Eswatini’s Health

Julie Anathan, RN, MPHBlog, Nursing, Swaziland, Uncategorized

Nurses are the lifeblood of a thriving health system. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s entire health workforce are nurses and midwives. And in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), nurses play a particularly important role in this nurse-driven national health system. To help meet this essential need, Seed Global Health has partnered with University of Eswatini (UNESWA) to strengthen nursing by building a versatile and relevant advancing nursing discipline in the country: the family nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner role began in the United States in 1965 for registered nurses who obtained masters level education and clinical experience to prepare them to assess, diagnose, manage, and educate patients across the health spectrum. Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) not only deliver this breadth of primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of … 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

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

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

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

Commitment to Care: Training Critical Care Nurses in Tanzania

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Tanzania, Uncategorized

“We all belong to a large international community of critical care nurses” Tanzanian Critical Care Nurse In Tanzania, a country of more than 50 million people, there is a dual burden of high prevalence of infectious disease, such as HIV, and a growing prevalence of non-communicable disease. Additionally, there is a significant, and increasing, burden of critical illness. Strengthening critical care services, in both urban and rural areas, is a priority of the Ministry of Health. Nurses in Tanzania provide the majority of care in critical care units and require specialized skills to work within such a clinically complex environment. Progress in pre-service, masters and in-service training in critical care nursing has been made, but there remains a need to strengthen the clinical aspects of training, particularly in-service training, to care for such high acuity patient. Partnering with Massachusetts General … 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