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Seed Global Health Commits To Improving Clinical Care
MONROVIA, March 16 (LINA) -The Chief Executive Officer of Seed Global Health, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, says her organization is committed to helping increase clinical care capacity and strengthening health systems in resource-limited settings by cultivating the next generation of local doctors and nurses.
The program places US health professionals alongside local medical and nursing faculty counterparts to meet the teaching needs identified at each partner institution.
Speaking during a courtesy she and her delegation paid on President Ellen Jonson Sirleaf in Monrovia at the weekend, Dr. Kerry thanked the President for the audience accorded them and said she and her team had been in country working with the Ministry of Health in areas of likely interventions.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Dr. Kerry, among others things, said Seed Global Health strives to strengthen health education and delivery in places facing a dire shortage of health professionals by working with partner countries to meet their long-term health care and human resource needs.
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a public-private collaboration between Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps, and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Established in 2012, the GHSP program is a novel federal initiative addressing vast shortages of health professionals in many parts of the world.
In the launch year of 2012-2013, GHSP placed 30 doctors and nurses at 11 training institutions in each of its three partner countries, namely Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.
As a result of its 2014-2015 program, 42 GHSP clinical educators were deployed and have been working at 13 sites across Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.
“Seed brings rich experience and knowledge of medical and nursing education in resource-limited settings. We provide expertise in site selection and applicant recruitment in addition to coordinating orientation and training, field support, monitoring and evaluation, and debt repayment stipends.
“With expertise to identify effective teaching sites, Seed works with the Peace Corps and local institutions to identify partner nursing and medical schools,” Dr. Kerry emphasized.
She added: “Through technical expertise and deep connections with the professional health community, Seed strives to recruit the most qualified doctors, nurses, and midwives. In order to prepare volunteers for their service, Seed provides training on the practice of medicine and nursing in resource-limited settings, and familiarizes volunteers with the local burdens of disease.”
She said as a result of the Seed Global Health team visit to Liberia, field trips were made to the Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Cuttington University in Suakoko, J.F.K. Medical Center, Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts (TNIMA) as well as Roman Catholic-run, Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences, adding, “Seed Global Health team anticipates kicking off its Liberia Program in August.”
Meanwhile, USA Peace Corps Africa Regional Director Mr. Dick Day, who accompanied Dr. Kerry to the President’s office, has praised authorities at the Ministry of Health for the kind of structures already in place which, he said, are vital to assisting partners interested in making critical interventions in the heath sector.
Also accompanying Dr. Kerry were U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Mark Boulware, and Mr. Kevin Fleming, Peace Corps Liberia Country Director.