President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her administration welcomes partnership and cooperation with Seed Global Health, which seeks to strengthen cum build healthcare delivery capacities.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking in Monrovia on Friday, March 11, 2016 at her temporary Foreign Ministry Office when the Chief Executive Officer of Seed Global Health, Dr. Vanessa Kerry at the head of a four-man delegation paid a courtesy call on her.
The Liberian leader stressed the importance of such critical and strategic partnership, aimed at enhancing government’s determination to improve the quality of healthcare delivery for the Liberian people. The release quotes her as underscoring the vital and compelling need to provide training for doctors, physicians, nurses, as well as mid-wives adding – the progress we desire to make must be informed by the best quality to achieve lasting and impressive results.
President Sirleaf further indicated that Seed Global Health strategic intervention in Liberia’s health sector in light of the deployment of experienced medical volunteers in partnership with U.S. Peace Corps focusing on the provision of quality healthcare services and building local capacities would tremendously impact the building of a resilient health system.
She then called on the Seed Global Health team to enter into special arrangement with the University of Liberia cum A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and other recognized medical training facilities in the country to improve quality.
The President also encouraged Seed Global Health to explore cooperation in the water and sanitation sector particularly in working with schools to improve the quality of service as well as provide the much needed training that will ensure facilities established are sustainably maintained for the good of our children.
Speaking earlier, the CEO of Seed Global Health, Dr. Vanessa Kerry thanked President Sirleaf for the audience and said she and her team had been in country working with the Ministry of Health in areas of likely interventions. Dr. Kerry, among other things, said the 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.
The GHSP is committed to helping to increase clinical care capacity and strengthen 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.
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,” said the organization’s CEO.
With expertise to identify effective teaching sites, Seed works with the Peace Corps and local institutions to identify partner nursing and medical schools. Through technical expertise and deep connections with the professional health community, Seed strives to recruit the most qualified doctors, nurses, and midwives.
As a result of the Seed Global Health team visit to Liberia – field trips were made 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 the Catholic-run, Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences. Seed Global Health team anticipates kicking off its Liberia Program in August.
Meanwhile, USA Peace Corps Africa Regional Director, Mr. Dick Day has praised the 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.
Dr. Vanessa Kerry was accompanied by Mr. Dick Day – Africa Regional Director of Peace Corps, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Mark Boulware and Mr. Kevin Fleming, Peace Corps Country Director-Liberia.