Jill Seaman has been working in Africa throughout a course of over twenty years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Medical School, is board certified in family practice through the University of California San Fransisco at Salinas and is also a Diplomate in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (London). Seaman has earned international recognition for her groundbreaking work on kala-azar (visceral lishmaniasis), an epidemic which had killed more than 100,000 people in a remote part of Sudan. In 1997 she was a featured physician in Time Magazine's special on Heroes of Medicine. She has also earned the Humanitarian Award from the University of Washington as a remarkable alumnus.
In 2001 Seaman earned the Alumni Achievement Award from Middlebury College in Vermont. Seaman has also co-authored and written numerous articles published in various medical journals.
Between working in Africa, Seaman provides public-health services to Yup'ik Eskimos in Bethel, Alaska, located about 400 air miles west of Anchorage.
In 2000, She and her co-worker and friend, Sjoukje de Wit launched a successful program against tuberculosis in Lanken, a village east of the Nile River in South Sudan. This project, was privately funded through friends, and friends of friends, and showed such success that the non-governmental organization Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has now taken over the project. In an effort to repeat that project, Seaman and de Wit have begun a continuation of that project, to which this website is dedicated.
Here is a List of Articles Jill has co-authored.
Sjoukje de Wit
Sjoukje de Wit
Sjoukje de Wit is an RN, with a certificate in Tropical Community Medicine and Health. (Liverpool). In September of 2001 she earned her Masters Degree of advanced nursing practice.
De Wit, like Seaman, has had extensive experience in Africa. She has worked in Africa for many years in South Sudan, North Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. De Wit still returns to work on the family dairy farm in Holland between stints of work in Africa.
Working with Seaman and the Nuer people, de Wit helped establish TB treatment in the West Upper Nile region of Sudan with the organization, Doctors Without Borders. Later, de Wit and Seaman used their own savings and other private contributions to begin the Sudan Tuberculosis Project in Lanken. The project was renamed Sudan Medical Relief in 2008, and located in Old Fangak.
In April 2013 Sjoukje was awarded Order of Orange-Nassau by the Queen of The Netherlands for her work in South Sudan.
Marga Goris is the project's Laboratory Technologist. She has a Masters of Applied Parasitology from Liverpool and has been working in Africa since 1990. From 1990-1993, Goris worked in South Sudan, and has since been a consultant in North Sudan and Ethiopia. Currently she is working in the research lab at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.
A strong group of Sudanese staff are essential to the success of the Sudan Medical Relief Project.
William and Marina Shaw
Scrupulous book keeping is of course essential to this project and we are most grateful to William and Marina Shaw, the directors of Crosscurrents International Institute, for taking care of this administrative work.
Crosscurrents, a non-profit organization based in Ohio, has worked since 1985 to promote an international climate for peace and human development. Check its web site www.crosscurrentsinstitute.org. Donations are still fully tax deductible.
Gary Zaret with Jill Seaman
in Northern Sudan
The Sudan Medical Relief Project (now Sudan Medical Relief) has been fortunate to have the support of a number of other volunteers, who have helped with all aspects of the project, including fundraising, logistics, and field support.
In Memory of Gary Zaret
Gary came to Sudan to help out and was a motivator in setting up our project in South Sudan. He helped establish the project and then sadly within a few months he died suddenly. We warmly remember Gary and the help he gave.
Thanks to everyone for their help and support!