Model & Strategy

Seed Global Health cultivates the next generation of health professionals by allying medical and nursing volunteers with their peers in resource-limited settings. Seed Global Health volunteers commit one year of service collaborating with local educators to enhance education and increase provider capacity where it is most needed.  Volunteers also provide direct medical care, strengthening the mission of education and mentorship. Seed Global Health’s greater goal is to help sow the seeds for a sustainable solution to take root, addressing the vast shortages of health professionals in many parts of the world.

Seed Global Health believes viable health systems and care delivery are central to reducing poverty and to ensuring that communities thrive. We are committed to being part of a much needed solution for sustainable, stronger health systems. Cultivating health systems and access to care is critical to the strength and well-being of communities and individuals together.

At a Glance
Founded: 2012
Health
Location of work: International, Africa
Seed Global Health
20 Ashburton Place, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Helping to meet the global healthcare worker shortage
Vanesssa Kerry Seed Global Health
Meet Vanessa Kerry

Vanessa Kerry is a physician and the founder and the CEO of Seed Global Health. Having worked in resource-limited settings for over a decade, she has witnessed health inequities in many places in the world and has seen how shortages of indigenous providers in their home countries contributes to those inequities. She envisioned a solution where the growing number of U.S. health professionals interested in global health could serve as educators and faculty in these countries to build a pipeline of in-country providers.

Concurrent with her CEO role, Dr. Kerry is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and helps lead educational activities at the hospital’s Center for Global Health. Academically, she spearheads the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her work has included the grassroots effort which led to Seed Global Health, and policy initiatives in Rwanda, as well as looking at novel ways for U.S. foreign assistance to fund health efforts, which improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance national sovereignty. Prominent publications include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine and “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010.

IMPACT

In the last five years, Seed has helped train over 16,200 physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa which faces a healthcare worker shortage; the region has 24% of the global burden of disease, but only 3% of the global health workforce and only 1% of the world’s health expenditure.

In five years, Seed has deployed 191 health professionals. They have served as faculty at 27 academic institutions (in 39 sites) in 5 countries, helped improve retention of health professionals, and impacted over 100,000 patient lives.

  • Learn about how two universities in #Uganda, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Makerere University,… https://t.co/NEd7yEhyto
  • Generous support from @TakedaPharma makes it possible for our work to have an even bigger impact on the health of p… https://t.co/RWdXFrbXT2
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  • How can we advance nurse leadership in the health workforce?Read our latest blog to find out:… https://t.co/rOEJIqPMTy
  • Despite comprising 75% of the​ #GlobalHealth ​workforce, in some countries, ​women​ are  grossly underrepresented i… https://t.co/C6CoFDcuey
  • RT @JSIhealth: According to @WorldBank & @WHO at least half of the 🌎🌍🌏 lacks access to all essential health services. Supporting frontline…
  • Benson Phiri, from the National Org of Nurses & Midwives of #Malawi, one of Seed's partners, will give an #ICN2019https://t.co/khcWhyvpXN
  • RT @ICNurses: “Collectively, the power of nurses 20 million strong globally can change the world. Let us be the nightingale rebels of the p…
  • Our Director of Nursing, Julie Anathan, will give an oral presentation on Investing in Nursing and Midwifery Educat… https://t.co/thwN8f8kni
  • "Hospitals must be healing for patients and provide well being for workers. Discrimination and abuse, including abu… https://t.co/SEAlsgsbxZ
  • Our Director of Nursing, Julie Anathan, pictured below with Mrs. Nkosinathi Nkwanyana, current registrar at… https://t.co/qShhT5ujad
  • At #ICN2019? Don't miss our Director of Nursing, Julie Anathan's, presentation on Investing in Nursing and Midwife… https://t.co/bYHM0JJwrC
  • RT @JNJGlobalHealth: Are you at #ICNCongress? Learn more about @NursingNow2020's #NightingaleChallenge to reach more young nurses worldwide…
  • "The nursing workforce supports and reinforces SDG goals 3,4,5,8. That is a message that sells.” Dr. Lauer, @WHOhttps://t.co/gNnOpSzdTy
  • "With 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwives, Nursing Now, the Nightingale Challenge, and The State of the… https://t.co/t5rdcnMgVT
  • RT @FHWCoalition: Read @VBKerry’s impressions of the new report on gender-related barriers to nurse leadership! It’s time to shine the spo…
  • RT @ICNurses: Inspiring message from emerging nurse leader programme graduates: "Don't stop yourself and don't let anyone stop you from lea…
  • #WLGH19 will be hosted by @ughe_org in Kigali, #Rwanda. Join us on Nov 9-10, 2019 to reimagine #GlobalHealth leader… https://t.co/FkvWDhdtLu
  • RT @JNJGlobalHealth: “This report reflects the voices of nurses–it’s time for the world to listen.” ICYMI, our new report in collaboration…
  • RT @Chris_SeedGH: Come join a great team @Seed_Global - we believe quality healthcare is the right of all, not the privilege of a few. You…