On March 13, 2012, the Peace Corps announced a new Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), which will deploy physicians and nurses to serve as medical and nursing faculty members in developing countries. The new faculty members are meant to help developing countries address the health care professionals shortages they face by adding capacity and support. The lack of medical educators has been called 'the biggest crisis' facing countries as they work to improve their health systems.
GHSP, funded through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is expected to begin in 2013, placing approximately 30 faculty in Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda. A similar concept for a global health service corps was recommended in the IOM’s 2005 report Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to the Human Resource Crisis in HIV/AIDS and has been advocated by many others. Vanessa Kerry, who has become Executive Director of the new Global Health Service Corps, which will assist the Peace Corps with program administration, worked with Fitzhugh Mullan, who chaired the IOM report committee, to develop the innovative program.