Seed Global Health is proud to announce the appointment of Bassim Birkland, MD MPH as Seed Global Health’s Country Representative to Zambia. Dr. Birkland is a resident of Zambia, his wife’s home, where he has worked for years as a primary care physician and as a global health consultant to both public and private institutions.
Bassim’s professional interests include medical education and training and he has been involved in establishing new health professional training programs in Zambia. He has years of experience with clinical teaching of health professionals in low-resource settings. He has held a faculty position at the University of Zambia since 2017 and currently coordinates the only Family Medicine training program in the country.
Bassim has long been dedicated to working with underserved populations both in his home country (United States) and abroad. He initially started traveling regularly to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2011 where he focused on community-based interventions in treating and supporting children, adolescents, and pregnant women with HIV.
A champion of primary care, you will currently find him rounding the medical wards at a local government hospital with medical students and residents as a physician-educator, at his office at the University of Zambia where he lectures or carrying out work related to Seed Global Health’s programming in Zambia.
Outside of professional pursuits, Dr. Birkland serves on two community development boards and enjoys spending time with his wife and toddler twins at their farm outside of Lusaka.