Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the appointment of Dr. Vanessa Kerry, a physician and global health expert, as its first Director-General Special Envoy for Climate Change and Health. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the expert will play an important role in strengthening WHO messages on climate and health, as well as carrying out high-level advocacy activities.
In this regard, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, made a statement expressing his joy. “We are delighted that Dr Vanessa Kerry is joining WHO as our Special Envoy for Climate Change and Health. Her extensive experience and dedication to public health make her an invaluable asset in addressing the consequences of climate change for health. Together, we will work for a more sustainable and resilient future for all,” he stated.
As the lady takes on responsibilities, it is important to know her life journey and her contributions thus far.
Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry- Biography
Born on December 31, 1976, Vanessa Bradford Kerry is a popular American public health expert, physician, and doctor. She is also the founder of Seed Global Health. Her parents are John Kerry, who was the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.
Dr Vanessa Bradford Kerry – Early Life
Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry was born on December 31, 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents are John Forbes Kerry (politician) and Julia Stimson Thorne (writer). Vanessa’s older sister, Alexandra, is a filmmaker, director, producer and actress.
When her parents separated, she moved to Bozeman, Montana, with her mother.
Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry- Education
Vanessa Kerry went to Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts, for high school. After graduating from Philips Academy and Yale University with a major in biology. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Vanessa Kerry attended Harvard Medical School. There, Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry graduated with honors. Vanessa Bradford Kerry also attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she earned her master’s of science in health policy, planning and financing. She has been a Fulbright scholar in London.
In medical school, Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry interned with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization Vaccine Fund, founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry conducted a study on immunization in Ghana. She later advised on government relations for health and development in Rwanda, after shaking hands with Partners in Health.
Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry- Career
It was at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where Kerry completed his internal medicine residency and critical care fellowship. Today she is a doctor specialized in critical care. Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry has been working in global health. She has collaborated on ventures in Rwanda and Haiti through the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The doctor is also working on public sector partnerships in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia, through Seed Global Health. She also supports the public and educational policies of the MGH Center for Global Health.
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