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

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

Frontline Dispatch: Regional COVID-19 Training in Uganda

CommunicationsBlog, Featured, Uganda

Image: Lira regional health worker training for COVID-19 facilitated by Seed Global Health on May 5, 2020. On May 7, 2020 Seed Global Health and the Ministry of Health completed health worker training on COVID-19 in the Ankole and Lira regions of Uganda.  Following technical contributions to the national guidelines on the management of COVID-19, Seed has helped implement a regional training and dissemination program within the Ankole and Lira regions.  The training program is designed to first reach regional referral hospitals and then cascade to lower-level district and community facilities. In Ankole, the training was delivered at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and attracted more than 40 doctors, nurses, and clinical officers from 12 districts including Buhweju, Rubirizi, Kiruhura, Bushenyi, Sheema, Mitoma, Rwampara and Mbarara. Reflecting on the program, Dr. Rose Muhindo, the lead physician of COVID-19 case management team … Read More

Investing in Nurses & Midwives: Reflections from Uganda

CommunicationsBlog, Nursing, Uganda

This post was co-authored by Irene Atuhairwe Duhaga, BScN, MPH and Tracy Kobukindo, BScN, MPH on the occasion of International Day of the Nurse. Irene serves as Technical Advisor for Nursing and Midwifery for Seed Global Health in Uganda. Tracy is a Nurse and public health specialist also working in Uganda. Celebrations and Somber Realities As the world geared up to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife (May 5th) and the International Day of the Nurse (May 12th), we reflect on the first quarter of 2020, a year that was declared by WHO as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (YONM). According to WHO, 2020 is meant to “celebrate the work for nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.” In a sad twist, … Read More

This is our time. This is our stage. Let’s use it!

Julie Anathan, Director of Nursing and MidwiferyBlog, Malawi, Midwifery, Nursing, Uganda

The President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) was recently interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) in celebration of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This year coincides with Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and is a tribute to her vision, leadership, and legacy in public health; the professionalization of nursing; using data to advocate and improve patient outcomes; and advancing the professional role of women in society. During the NPR interview, there was discussion about the importance of nurses and midwives. The interviewer posed this question: When you look at this kind of WHO Declaration, it’s hard for me not to think that it’s kind of patronizing; if it was a valued role, why would it need to be recognized in this way? This is an important … 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

South-South Collaboration: Transforming Pathology Training and Practice in Uganda

Seed Global HealthBlog, Uganda

Uganda has less than 30 pathologists, which is very low compared to the size of the population they serve. Like other countries in the East Africa region, this paucity in pathologists is largely due to the numerous challenges that they face. These include inadequate numbers of experts to train rising generations of health professionals, low financing for training, and laboratories that are underfunded and ill-equipped. To help address this shortage and the barriers to entry, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Makerere University established a program to enhance the training of pathology students in both institutions. Last year, Dr. Yeko Mitala and Dr. Sharrif Musoke, pathology residents at MUST, took part in the four-month training program. Supported by Seed, the two travelled from Mbarara to Kampala every weekend to attend lectures in forensic pathology, a course unit that … Read More

Improving Newborn, Infant, and Child Health in Uganda

Seed Global HealthBlog, Featured, Medicine, Uganda

Three years ago, Dr. Lisa Rynn worked as a visiting pediatric lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital in Uganda through the Seed Global Health/Global Health Service Partnership. This month, Lisa returned to Uganda to work as a Seed Educator at Busitema University and spoke to us about her experience. Could you tell us a little bit about your experience as a visiting lecturer at Gulu University and Lacor Hospital? I gave lectures and clinical teaching to the 3rd and 5th year students during their pediatrics rotations. I also helped support the interns and medical officers working in the pediatrics ward at Lacor Hospital. On most days, my experience was a mix of overwhelming, humbling, and rewarding. There always seemed to be a lot of things I wanted to accomplish in the day, students to teach, and patients to see. … 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