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Training 5,000 Health Professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa

Supporting the education, training, and mentorship of doctors, nurses, and midwives.

The Program


Partner: Seed Global Health
Budget: 500 million yen
Term: 5 years
Launch: 2018-2019
Area: Sub-Saharan Africa

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Maternal and child mortality rates are highest, and life expectancy is shortest, in countries with dire shortages of nurses, physicians, and other trained health professionals. According to the World Health Organization, there will be a global shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030. These shortages contribute to two standards of health care in the world and for many that means dying of preventable and treatable diseases.

Stories of Impact

Spotlight Malawi: Many Paths Towards Universal Health Coverage and a Strong Health Workforce

Hear from Malawi’s doctors and nurses about the country’s progress in meeting global health goals, as well as the entrenched challenges that persist, particularly a health worker shortage. Learn how Takeda’s partnership with Seed Global Health is tackling those challenges through health worker training, complementing country-led innovation, creativity, and resilience.



Universal Health Coverage and the Power of People: United Nations General Assembly Side Event

Learn what key global leaders from 4 continents had to say about the linkage between the advancement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and empowerment of qualified health workers at a 2019 UN General Assembly side event convened by Takeda, Seed Global Health, and Devex in New York City.


Leaders Driving Change: Vanessa Kerry, Co-Founder & CEO, Seed Global Health

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Vanessa Kerry is Co-Founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, which helps countries with health-worker shortages build a pipeline of future in-country providers. Dr. Kerry is a critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health. She also directs the Global Public Policy and Social Change program at Harvard Medical School.


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