Jill Seaman

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Jill Seaman
Nationality American
Institutions Médecins Sans Frontières, Sudan Medical Relief
Alma mater Middlebury College, University of Washington School of Medicine
Notable awards MacArthur Fellows Program

Jill Seaman is an American doctor who used to work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She is a native of Moscow, Idaho and a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Early in her career, she was a public health care provider to the Yup'ik Native American tribe of Alaska. Her most notable work was eight years in the South Sudan fighting an epidemic of visceral leishmaniasis, between 1989 and 1997.[1] The MSF clinic in Duar, Unity State was destroyed by militia in June 1998 as part of a drive to clear the region of people so the Block 5A oil concession could be developed.[2] Since that time she has been an advocate for increased aid and research for this and other parasitic diseases. She is the founder of Sudan Medical Relief (formerly the Sudan TB Project), launched in 2000.[1][3] In 2000 Jill Seaman and Sjoukje de Wit, RN, returned to Duar to provide treatment for tuberculosis.[4]

Seaman was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c McKinney, Deborah (September 22, 2009). "Bethel doctor wins 'genius' grant for work in Africa". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Rone, Jemera (2003). Sudan, oil, and human rights. Human Rights Watch. p. 193. ISBN 1-56432-291-2. 
  3. ^ "Sudan Medical Relief - About Us". Sudan Medical Relief. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Medical Project Southern Sudan". Sudan Medical Relief. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Meet the 2009 Fellows". The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 

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