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IIP-Jabulani Rural Health Foundation/Zithulele Hospital
Zithulele Village, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: The Jabulani Rural Health Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by four doctors. Its focus is on healthcare, education, poverty relief, environmental issues, and care for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Jabulani serves a large Xhosa community of approximately 140,000, the majority of which lives in extreme poverty. Jabulani’s health care mission supports the development of Zithulele Hospital and its surrounding clinics; helps improve access to quality health care; supports specific health care projects, including care for those affected by HIV/AIDS; and improves nutrition through education and support.

Intern responsibilities: The intern will assist Jabulani and the hospital with a variety of practical projects ranging from assistance with data capture and data analysis, to conducting basic, practical, clinically-oriented research that will help them better understand the community and its health needs. Interns will also be able to embark on independent research projects. Past projects include: conducting community surveys to assess access to water and sanitation, researching early childhood development and health as related in the community, creating health awareness in high school students, and following up on twins born at Zithuele Hospital. This internship is based in a remote, low-resource area of South Africa.

Qualifications: Candidates with interest in health and community development and experience in basic research methodology are encouraged to apply.

Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1:  Work Project: Quality Improvement of Zithulele's Waiting Mothers' Accommodation Program (WMA, a maternity waiting home). Day-to-day responsibilities: Conducted and later analyzed half hour individual interviews with new WMA mothers as well as mothers in the outlying community; Took action to improve WMA based upon mothers' feedback; Designed and distributed posters and pamphlets to tell mothers about WMA; Travelled out to clinics to speak to nurses regarding the WMA program; While there I also had some free time to shadow physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists etc., as well as help out with some of Jabulani's office work(but all of this was by my own choice and not necessarily dictated as a work responsibility per se. Intern #2: I split my time between research and working at the hospital. On the research side, I analyzed their data on breastfeeding rates in the area. On the clinical side, I shadowed doctors in different wards...At the end, I gave them a report on breastfeeding rates in the area as well as a more detailed analysis of infant feeding based on the results of the surveys that were conducted over a two year period... I got to see a wide range of medical issues and I am learning a lot about medicine and the specific challenges facing South Africa. I learned a lot from all the doctors and staff here. I also got practice working with data and using STATA. Intern #3: I conducted data analysis for Follow-Up Births project: analyzing use of public, traditional and private healthcare systems and the impact on health of the child. I did administrative work in the pharmacy and ARV (antiretroviral clinic) and I shadowed doctors in the hospital. I learned what it's really like to work as a healthcare professional in a rural low-resource setting, how and why people use different healthcare systems, the benefits and drawbacks of various programs aimed at improving health and why policy does and doesn't work.

View a PowerPoint by a past intern:
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This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).


Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.