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

Ultrasound Equipment Assists Students with Hands-On Training

Jennifer CoulombeBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Tanzania, Uganda

There is a big difference between learning about a lifesaving medical procedure from a book verse being able to learn and practice the skill in real time to gain confidence and mastery. Seed Global Health has partnered with 27 teaching sites in five African countries to help translate theory into practice through classroom and clinical education, mentorship, and introducing new tools and skills. This has included equipping skills labs in midwifery, and introducing simulation-based education in partnership with U.S. academic institutions. Simulators, in particular, provide a much easier way to learn and teach ultrasound. Medical equipment and supplies give students practical, hands-on training, both through campus skills labs and on the hospital wards where they do rounds with faculty. However, the availability of medical simulation equipment to gain these skills can be inaccessible and costly in low-resource settings. Seed is partnering … 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