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

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

Nurse Anesthetists Leading Change in Liberia

Daisy WinnerBlog, Liberia, Nursing

Ravaged by civil war and the Ebola crisis, the Liberian health system has struggled to meet local health needs. Life expectancy is only 61 years. 67 of every 1,000 children do not survive till their fifth birthday. And the country’s high maternal mortality rate remains among the world’s worst. But two men are fighting to change that. Dr. W. Fassah and Mr. Aaron Sonah, from Phebe School of Nursing, are two nurse anesthetists who are transforming care for patients by training the next generation of Liberian nurses. The only training school for nursing anesthesia in Liberia, Phebe has trained the majority of Liberia’s nursing anesthetists since 1970. And this month, Dr. Fassah and Mr. Sonah have been visiting Boston for an intensive training program. In partnership with Northeastern University’s (NEU) School of Nursing, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), … Read More

Strengthening Nursing in Malawi

Daisy WinnerBlog, Malawi, Nursing, Uncategorized

Globally, nurses deliver the highest percentage of patient care. They are critical to strengthening health systems and responding to more acute crisis, like disease outbreaks. Despite being on the frontline of care, the global shortage of nurses continues to grow. Currently, it is estimated that 9 million more nurses and midwives are necessary to adequately meet health care needs. In Malawi, there is fewer than 1 nurse to care for every 1,000 people.  And such a significant shortage may be a contributing factor to poor health outcomes. To overcome this shortage, Seed Global Health has been placing volunteer nursing educators in Malawi since 2013. Since our inaugural year, 32 nurse educators have taught and trained future nurses and nursing educators at four nursing institutions. Working alongside local nursing professionals and educators, our volunteers strengthen in-country education. They teach courses, develop … Read More

Thankful More than Ever for Health Workers

Seed Global HealthBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

It’s the time of year when many of us join family and friends to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. While we may focus on the achievements and successes in our own lives, we should also reflect on how far together, our world, has progressed. The global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, with some research suggesting that someone escapes extreme poverty every 1.2 seconds. Around the world, under-five mortality rate has decreased by 56 percent and about 20 000 fewer children died every day in 2016 than in 1990. Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. As we reflect with gratitude on these achievements, now more than ever, we wholeheartedly thank the millions of health workers around the world who are making this progress a reality. They … Read More

Setting, Keeping, and Reaching Big Health Goals

Daisy WinnerBlog, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

In September 2017, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation published its first annual “Goalkeepers” report assessing the world’s progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tracking 18 indicators from the SDGs, the Goalkeepers report displays global progress on issues like including poverty, under-five mortality, sanitation, and more. It also provides projections on how the health metrics might change if our progress advances or declines. Through a massive, three-year effort of data synthesis and analysis, this report painted a clear picture of how far we’ve come — and what we need to do to be make the world healthier, happier, and more equitable. Here are three key takeaways from the report: Results are mixed so far. International and local efforts have helped ensure that more children around the world are making it to adulthood, more families have food on … Read More

HRH Forum: Education and Workforce Development

Zack LangwayBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

Teaching and training were in focus yesterday at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Dublin, as the morning plenary and several concurrent sessions explored education, skills utilization, and approaches to health professional development. In a morning plenary, Dr. Or Vandine, Director General for Health of the Government of Cambodia, focused on a “triangle” of skill building, infrastructure development for service delivery, and community engagement for increased access as an important triumvirate in strengthening health workers’ abilities to deliver care. Through her remarks, Forum attendees learned about Cambodia’s approach to “dramatically increasing the number of doctors,” building from a workforce of just 28 to a workforce of more than 23,000 physicians today by emphasizing developing curriculum and fast-tracking the development of medical educators. Joining Dr. Vandine and other colleagues for the session, Dr. George Sigounas Administrator of … Read More

Champion Women to Address the Health Workforce’s Leaky Pipeline

Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing

This post originally appears on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog. Read the article here.  Humanitarian emergencies caused by infectious disease, conflict and natural disasters have caused shock after shock to health systems worldwide. The headlines are still fresh in our minds. Ebola. Zika. The Syrian refugee crisis. The list is hundreds long however. Each time a crisis hits, it underscores the same lesson: the only way health systems can effectively withstand shocks and deliver consistent, high-quality care to all members of the community during – and critically after crisis when deaths are actually highest – is to have a strong, highly trained global health workforce. This week, the community of organizations and leaders focused on health systems comes together in Dublin for the Fourth Forum on Human Resources for Health, to advance the landmark recommendations from The Global Strategy … Read More