Senator Kerry’s Daughter Launches Nonprofit Volunteer Program to Solve Shortage of Medical Workers Abroad

Senator John Kerry’s daughter, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, a 35-year-old Massachusetts General Hospital physician, is launching a new non-profit program which “aims to improve health care, both in developing nations and in the U.S.”

The new non-profit, called the “Global Health Service Partnership, will send doctors and nurses to work in developing countries and in return help pay off their hefty student loans.”

Dr. Kerry has “partnered with the Peace Corps both for its name recognition and its institutional knowledge — it’s been sending workers abroad “in a sensitive, integrated way,” Kerry said, for 50 years.”

The goal of the program, which is partnered with the Peace Corps, is to aid countries with severe shortages of health professionals. But, as NPR reported, Kerry thinks the program will also help bolster health care in America by broadening doctors’ worldviews and teaching them to make the most of the resources they have available. “There’s evidence people come back with better clinical skills, better appreciation of needs, more likely to work in underserved specialties,” Kerry told NPR’s Shots blog.

To entice to doctors to join the program, “the program offers school-loan repayment of $30,000 per year of service.”

The Global Health Service Partnership launched in March and began accepting applications over the summer for placement in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda by July 2013. Doctors interested in the program can apply through December, and the first group of volunteers will be announced in February.

Read more about Dr. Kerry’s program on its website and read the full NPR article here.

This looks like it will be an awesome program that will benefit so many. Three cheers for Dr. Vanessa Kerry…

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