Founded in 2014 by physicians, faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Diaspora Health Network is a grassroots, partner-driven movement dedicated towards supporting US-based health professionals of foreign heritage in improving the health systems of their home countries. 


The Need

The United States has 12 doctors per 1,000 people. Mozambique has 3 per 100,000. Afghanistan has 1 nurse for every 10,000 people. Countries around the world suffer from severe staffing and funding shortages, preventing them from providing essential care to its most vulnerable.

25% percent of doctors and 16% of nurses in the US are foreign born, many of them hailing from countries with poor health care infrastructure. They’ve come here to gain added skills, to reunite with loved ones, or simply find a better life for their children. But they haven’t forgotten home, and ever since they left they've been dreaming of ways to make it better. And they have the training, the resources, and networks to make it happen.

But where do they begin? Who has done anything like this before? And who can help them succeed once they start?


We believe in the power of connection. We partner with diaspora professionals and health organizations--both here and abroad--to create a space where ideas can be exchanged and dreams can turn into blueprints for change. 

 We utilize a partnership approach to:

  • Resource: Crowdsource health information, insights and opportunities for diaspora-driven health system improvement
  • Train: Strengthen the capacity of diaspora health workers and diaspora led organizations to have sustained impact in their home countries
  • Place: Develop and partner with programs that allow diaspora to add value to institutions in their home countries

Check out a summary of our programs here.


  • Health is a human right. We strive to ensure that initiatives we sponsor promote equity for all.
  • We're in it for the long haul: We support and encourage diaspora to take on projects that have effects beyond a single trip or donation, but rather tap into community resources to ensure that whatever is built outlasts them. 
  • Our greatest ideas are yet to be discovered. We encourage a culture of innovation for those who want to push the boundaries of what can be done to sustainably improve health outcomes.

Photo credits to: Anju Ranjit