Strengthening Family Medicine in Zambia with Dr. Mpundu Makasa

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine, Zambia

Dr. Mpundu Makasa is a clinician and public health practitioner who works in the primary health care setting. She has a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Makasa is currently enrolled in the University of Zambia’s (UNZA) Family Medicine Residency Program that is supported by Seed Global Health. Later this year, Dr. Makasa will be the first graduate of the program. She will become a faculty member after graduation, re-investing her newfound skills and experience to teach in the program. We talked to her about her experience, the family medicine discipline in Zambia, and advancing gender equity in the health workforce. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What inspired you to pursue a career in family medicine? I joined the University of Zambia as a faculty member in the School of Medicine’s Department of … Read More

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

Zambia: Maintaining Medical Education During COVID

CommunicationsBlog, Medicine, Zambia

This post was authored by Matthew Haldeman, MD who is a Seed Family Medicine Physician working in Zambia.  Working at the University of Zambia and Chilenje Hospital in Lusaka, Matthew is continuing to support Family Medicine registrars and students through online education, as well as, clinical training and mentorship. Sometimes when I’m teaching online, I feel as though I’m talking into outer space. Online video conferences can feel inherently awkward, so people are less willing to open up.  Few people ask questions or offer comments because of the time delay. When those comments arise, they can feel more like interruptions, delaying the lecture’s progress.  As a visiting faculty from the United States, I worry that my English is harder to understand through a virtual platform as compared to a face-to-face meeting. Today, however, was different. We had had a busy … Read More