Devex Interviews Seed Global Health CEO About Health Worker Capacity Building
Devex: Q&A: Kerry says community health worker model “cannot be done in isolation”
“Community health workers are seen by many, including donors, as a cost-effective solution to the problem of the global shortage of health care professionals. But depending so heavily on community health workers, without prioritizing investments toward training doctors, nurses, and midwives, will ultimately result in substandard care for patients, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, chief executive officer of Seed Global Health, told Devex during a recent trip to Malawi. … Seed Global Health, a United States-based nonprofit, is one of the organizations aiming to address this shortage. … Its Global Health Service Partnership, a public-private collaboration with the Peace Corps and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, places health professionals ‘alongside local medical and nursing faculty counterparts to meet the teaching needs identified at each partner institution’…” (Jerving, 2/12).