ACTIVE SINCE: 2018-2023

Takeda and Seed Global Health: Training 5,000 Health Professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa

Supporting the education, training, and mentorship of 5,000 health professionals, including doctors, nurses, and midwives.
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To address a health worker shortage and develop a strong, resilient, human-centered and responsive health systems that can contribute to creating healthier communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa experiences 24% of the world’s disease burden, yet has only 3% of the global health workforce. This shortage of doctors, nurses, and midwives is worsened by a glaring lack of support for their life-saving work. For example, Malawi has a total of just 30 Obstetrics & Gynecology specialists in the public sector serving 4.2 million women of childbearing age. Nearly 50% of the population of Malawi is under the age of 16, and there are currently 30 pediatricians serving the entire country. Just 7% of global health aid over the past ten years has been invested in one of the health system’s most precious assets — health workforce

The program addresses shortage of qualified health workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa by achieving improved quality of education in academic and clinical learning environment and by enhancing professional development opportunities for faculty and clinical staff, exclusively supporting the following:
• Family Medicine (Lusaka, Zambia): University of Zambia & Chilenje District Hospital
Built Zambia’s first Family Medicine program, and has seen the class size grow from 2 to 21 students in just 3 years. These students represent the first generation of family medicine graduates ever in Zambia, and will be among the
first family medicine professionals nationwide.
• Obstetrics & Gynecology (Blantyre, Malawi): Kamuzu University of Health Sciences & Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
Working with the only public university in Malawi that is training the next generation of OB/GYN specialists to deliver responsive, respectful, and dignified care to women and newborns.
• Pediatric & Child Health (Lilongwe, Malawi): Kamuzu University of Health Sciences & Kamuzu Central Hospital
Together with Seed’s partner, the only medical school training pediatricians, launched a second program in Lilongwe – in the central region – in September 2022, where Seed supported departmental curriculum and capacity building.
• Pediatric Critical Care Nursing (Blantyre, Malawi): Kamuzu College of Health Sciences & Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
With the goal of establishing Malawi’s first nursing specialization to care for critically ill children, working to build curriculum and teaching capacity for this program.
• Emergency Care & Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (Busitema, Uganda) Busitema University & Mbale Regional Referral Hospital
Strengthening academic programs through the addition of emergency care and maternal, neonatal and child health into degree programs, curricula, and teaching.

Results and milestones

The partnership built and developed academic and clinical learning and strengthened health workforce professional development, including:
• Trained 7710 Qualified Health Professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses, and physicians’ assistants) – Total Served
• Trained 109 Health System and/or Facility Administrators
• Trained 456 Community health volunteers
• Benefited 25344 people

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