What does a Rural Seeds ambassador do?

Call for new ambassadors 2022-2024


Promote Rural Health and its continuing development


Help to inform and guide members of Rural Seeds 


Represent Rural Seeds at events and congresses


Construct together with (and not for) the members the plans and projects


Advocate for the health of rural communities and for rural healthcare workers


Encourage engagement and collaboration across different sectors 


Work closely with Project Leads to develop and promote projects/activities

In order to have a fair world with access for all we need to have more health professionals in rural areas. This idea provided the inspiration in  2015 to start the Rural Family Medicine Cafe project. This was followed by Rural Health Success Stories in 2016 and later we became the Rural Seeds Networking. Rural Seeds was launched in 2017. Since then, many projects and presentations on rural health have been done. We are a network composed mainly of students and young doctors with an interest in rural medicine. Many of us discovered rural by accident and our desire for rural health has turned us into passionate activists and advocates for rural health. 

It has been such a journey from a simple idea in 2015 to a world wide network   today! The journey has sometimes been difficult but also filled with joy. We have built real connections through collaboration with our project coordinators and also the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice with experienced rural doctors and health professionals in general. 

In 2021, the first ambassadors of this wonderful network are completing this journey in front of Rural Seeds and new ambassadors joined the team in 2021. Our aim is to show those interested in rural health that anyone can be an advocate and that big changes often start with small steps and working together.  Please check our call to rural video and the closing cycle of the past Rural Seeds Ambassadors: Amber Wheatley, Veronika Rasic, Karine Kersting Puls and Mayara Floss. The current ambassadors 2021-23 are: Mercy Wanjala (Africa), Celestine Todosia (Africa), Mustapha Aminu Tukur (Africa), Sneha P Kotian (South Asia), Nadira Begum (South Asia), Shoban Jayamohan (North America), Alexandra Ferrara (North America), Marcela A. de Oliveira Santana (Latin America), Marco Aurélio Polato Ferreira Farnezi (Latin America), Lara Feasby (Conference Ambassador). 






We are opening up applications for new ambassadors 2022-24 in the following regions: 

- Europe 
- South East Asia 
- Africa 
- Latin America
- Pacific Region 
- North America and Caribbean
- East and Mediterranean


Applications are open until July 31st  2022 12am UTC.
Results of the selection process will be announced in September 2022. 

Click below to apply:

Meet The Rural Seeds Ambassadors and Deputies team 2021-23

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Mercy Wanjala

Rural Seeds Ambassador - Africa 

Family Medicine Resident in Kenya


Celestine Todosia

Rural Seeds Deputy - Africa 

Nurse in Kenya


Mustapha Aminu Tukur

Rural Seeds Deputy - Africa 

Medical Student in Nigeria


Sneha P Kotian

Rural Seeds Ambassador - South Asia

MD in Community Medicine in India

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Nadira Begum

Rural Seeds Deputy - South Asia

Rural Family Doctors in Bangladesh

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Shoban Jayamohan

Rural Seeds Ambassador - North America

Medical Student in Canada

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Alexandra Ferrara

Rural Seeds Ambassador - North America

Medical Student in Canada


Marcela A. de Oliveira Santana

Rural Seeds Ambassador - Ibero America

Medical Student in Brazil


Marco Aurélio Polato
Ferreira Farnezi

Rural Seeds Deputy - Ibero America

Medical Student in Brazil


Lara Feasby

Rural Seeds Conference Ambassador

Medical Student in Ireland

Rural Seeds Ambassadors 2016-21


Amber Wheatley

Rural Seeds Ambassador 2016-21

General Practitioner Registrar at United Kingdom

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Mayara Floss

Rural Seeds Ambassador 2016-21

Family Doctor in Brazil


Veronika Rasic

Rural Seeds Ambassador 2016-21

General Practitioner at United Kingdom


Karine Kersting Puls

Rural Seeds Ambassador 2018-21

Family Doctor in Brazil