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Health Grand Challenge - Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE)
Cotonou, Benin (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: Global Health and Health Policy Program Type: Internship
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Field Work, Research Degree Level: First year, Junior, Sophomore
Time Away: Summer Housing options: Apartment (alone), Apartment (Shared), Guesthouse, Student responsibility
Program Description:
Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE)
HGC-IERPEInterns will serve as research assistants (RAs) at the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) in Cotonou, Benin. IERPE is one of the research institutes of the African School of Economics (ASE). They will assist in data collection and analysis for a project entitled "Improving Emergency Health Care in Benin” which seeks to analyse emergency healthcare (EHC) systems in that country. Benin faces many structural challenges in providing emergency healthcare to their citizens, rendering them unable to intervene with rapid coordinated responses. This research project presents two low-cost targeted solutions to improve EHC provision in Benin, with a potential for replication across the West African region. First, the project aims to document structural limitations to EHC in Benin, focusing on poor pre-hospital care and administrative organization. Second, it analyses the effects of these limitations on emergency care. Third, it proposes two experimental solutions. The first is an emergency care intervention using medical taxis to address the lack of pre-hospital transportation. The second is the installation of a centralized communication center to coordinate the existing EHC system. The project will measure the effect of the interventions on response times and access to emergency healthcare.
The internship may enable students to develop research topics for their junior papers and senior theses. Ideal interns will be concentrators in Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Politics or WWS; however, students from any department may apply. Applicants must have a basic knowledge of French; a basic knowledge of statistical analysis is strongly preferred.
This internship lasts 8-9 weeks, with start and end dates to be determined.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.