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IIP-PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health
Johannesburg, 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: Lab Based Work, Research
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:
About: PRICELESS-SA is a program to enable smart decisions about health investments in South Africa. The intent is to provide information that will improve the manner in which resources are allocated and priorities are set for individual interventions, clinical services and heath technologies that affect population health. As certain risk factors of diseases in South Africa are responsible for the highest burden of disease, having an understanding of which effective interventions can be used to address some of these high burden conditions with scarce resources could have considerable impact on population health. The aim of the initiative, launched in 2009 is to generate and support the development of evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently.  In performing this research, they engage with policymakers and strive to strengthen expertise in this. Analyses and evaluations are led by staff of the Secretariat and based on available secondary data.

Intern responsibilities: The IIP interns will work with a research team on topics that may include maternal and child health interventions and chronic non-communicable diseases (including vascular disease, diabetes, HIV) with a specific focus on strengthening the delivery of interventions at the primary health care level and the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. The focus of the work is on the role/use of cost effectiveness and related evidence-based approaches in setting priorities for health interventions and maximizing their impact. Intern responsibilities would include undertaking systematic reviews of the literature to find data for use in burden of disease and cost-effectiveness studies; contributing to burden of disease analysis (using GBD methodology) for chronic diseases; finding and extracting data for costing of health care programs and interventions in South Africa; grant-writing; and assisting with cost-effectiveness analysis.

Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in global health, development, economics, anthropology, sociology, and//or political science are encouraged to apply. Strong qualitative, quantitative and communication skills would be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): My first assignment was a report for the WHO on the recent salt regulations passed by the South African Department of Health.  I had to gather information through literature review and report on the process of creating the regulation and provide recommendations for other African countries who may soon follow in South Africa's steps. My next assignment involved looking at the correlation between fast-food/soft-drink advertisements and obesity in the Soweto Township.  I underwent fieldwork by recording every single target advertisement and its corresponding GPS coordinates to map out the advertisement density in a 25 km area in Soweto. Intern # 2: My first project was focused on the analysis of burden of disease and associated risk factors, for which I wrote a chapter as part of a larger report by my research team that aims to use South African government's fiscal instruments to reduce consumption of unhealthy food and commodities to improve population health in South Africa. My second project looked at patient advocacy groups, government's experience and resource allocation on public health, and how to involve patients in priority settings in health. I learned a lot about the health landscape, disease burden, and responsible risk factors in South Africa. I also learned about the healthcare system of South Africa, its progress in improving health in the past and the many challenges it needs to address in the future.

View a Powerpoint presentations by past IIP interns:
Alex Smith PRICELESS South Africa.pptx
PRICELESS, South Africa, Li, Yangyi.pdf

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.