This year, Health eVillages has the incredible opportunity to launch their partnership with Seed Global Health (Seed). Seed is part of the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a joint initiative with the U.S. President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Peace Corps, and Seed Global Health that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP sends US nurses and physicians who volunteer for one year as visiting faculty at academic partner sites in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. Seed’s work with this program is complementary to Health eVillages’ own mission – to enable safe and efficient medical care in the most challenging clinical environments, anywhere in the world, by providing the latest in mobile healthcare technology. Our collaboration with Seed focuses on three nursing schools; two in Uganda and one in Liberia, a country that Health eVillages has not worked in previously.
The U.S. nurse educators that participate in this program are clinical and educational experts who are carefully matched to their sites based on the requests of the partner academic institutions. At Muni University, in Uganda, the nurse educators will focus their work on nursing fundamentals for the very first cohort of bachelors of nursing students. At Lira University, also in Uganda, the nurse educators will focus on midwifery education for all levels of bachelors of nursing students. In Liberia, volunteers at Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing will provide pre-service and in-service education for nurse anesthetists, similar to our partnership with Dr. Mark Newton at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya.
With these primary areas of focus in mind, the Health eVillages team was able to program each set of tablets with their own unique array of resources that were developed in partnership between Seed’s clinical team, the nurse educators, and faculty at the partner institutions, to address the specific educational needs. An initial training was conducted during the GHSP pre-departure training with five nurse educators where they were introduced to the tablets and the reference material and apps specifically chosen for their training locations.
As the nurse educators travel to their locations, they will acclimate and become part of the academic, clinical and local community and will undoubtedly do great work in educating the next generation of nursing clinicians, educators, and leaders. In addition to serving as an education and training resource for the nurse educators and their colleagues during the next year, the Health eVillages tablets will remain as a resource for the partner academic institutions after the departure of the volunteers. We are so incredibly grateful to be working with such an inspiring group of individuals who are truly moving the needle on global health.