Deadline: December 11, 2015
Seed Global Health’s flagship program with the Peace Corps and US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) tackles health care provider shortages by sending US doctor and nurse volunteers to serve as educators in resource-limited countries
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is accepting applications from doctors and nurses interested in working as volunteer educators alongside local faculty at medical and nursing schools in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Swaziland. GHSP is an opportunity for American doctors and nurses to make a lasting impact in strengthening health care delivery in resource limited settings. By helping train the next generation of local doctors and nurses, GHSP physician and nurse educators make a sustainable investment in improving health outcomes in areas with the greatest need.
Volunteers are deployed for one-year assignments starting in July 2016. Physician applicants must be board eligible or board certified in a clinical specialty. Nurse applicants must have a BSN with a minimum of 3 years clinical experiences (advanced degrees are preferred).
GHSP is a Peace Corps Response program, which offers high-impact, short-term assignments for qualified professionals. Benefits for volunteers include monthly living stipends, transportation to and from their country of service, comprehensive medical care, a readjustment allowance, and paid vacation days. Seed Global Health offers debt repayment up to $30,000 for qualified volunteers.
The World Health Organization reports that 83 countries do not meet the minimum threshold of 23 health workers (nurses, doctors, and midwives) per 10,000 people. This represents a global shortage of 7.2 million doctors, nurses, and midwives, and the number is growing. This crisis is particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 24% of the world’s disease burden, but accounts for only 3% of the world’s health care workforce. This crippling shortage of doctors and nurses is perpetuated by the scarcity of educators able to train new medical and nursing professionals. These faculty are essential to investing in new generations of health workers able to tackle their countries’ health challenges and improve health broadly.