US doctors, nurses sought to help beef up health capacity overseas

A health volunteer for Peace Corps and her local counterpart visit a woman living with AIDS in Kenya. Photo by: Peace Corps

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and two U.S.-based organizations launched March 13 (Tuesday) an innovative partnership to build medical and nursing capacity in developing countries.

The Global Health Service Partnership is backed by PEPFAR, the Peace Corps and nonprofit group Global Health Service Corps. It is set to place volunteer nurses, doctors and other health professionals as adjunct faculty members of medical and nursing schools in poor countries. GHSP volunteers will serve as part of the recently expanded Peace Corps Response program.

GHSP initially aims to recruit and place 10 to 12 health professionals in health care training centers in each of three partner countries, namely Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. More professionals and additional partner countries may be added in the future.

The program is open to U.S. doctors qualified or certified in core specialties and to nurses with bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees. A minimum of three years’ clinical and teaching experience is also required.

The program requires a one-year tenure, with an option to serve a second term. Volunteers will receive the same benefits that other Peace Corps Response volunteers enjoy. These include monthly living allowances, transportation to and from country of service, and comprehensive medical care.

The application process for GHSP will start on September. The first group of volunteers is expected to be deployed by 2013.

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