First Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers Sworn In

“Thirty U.S. doctors and nurses from across the country were sworn in at the White House July 18 as the first class of Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers,” IIP Digital reports, adding, “The new volunteers will leave July 20-21 for one-year assignments as medical or nursing educators in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda, where they will work alongside local faculty to train the next generation of health care professionals” (7/19). The partnership, — “a collaboration of the Peace Corps, [PEPFAR], and the non-profit SEED Global Health — presents an opportunity for American physicians and nurses to make a real difference in communities abroad by helping to address the known shortage of skilled physicians, nurses and clinical faculty in resource-limited countries,” Africa Science News writes (Chuki, July 2013). According to a Peace Corps press release, the partnership “represents the first organized effort by the Peace Corps to send U.S. healthcare professionals abroad with a focus on teaching and expanding clinical capacity” (7/18). MSNBC provides video footage of an interview with Vanessa Kerry, CEO of SEED Global Health, and two program volunteers (7/17). In addition, the Sacramento Bee provides a transcript of an interview with another program volunteer (Searles, 7/22).