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IIP-Child Family Health International (Uganda)
Kampala, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
About: Child Family Health International is non-profit leader in global health education, facilitating international experiences that meet rigorous ethical, safety, and academic standards. Child Family Health International (CFHI) provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for students and institutions. Their model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship.CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations. IIP interns in Uganda will be placed with CFHI’s partner organization in Uganda, which is a health, education, and economic development NGO that was started and grown by local Ugandans - currently operating a Primary Care Clinic, HIV/AIDS Clinic, Nutrition and Rehabilitation Clinic, and Maternal & Child Hospital in Kabale-town.
IIP interns work alongside local physicians and explore primary care, rural health, and traditional medicine. The interns will be assigned projects with direct supervision at all times during clinical rotations. While volunteering at local NGO’s, participants may be asked to initiate their own projects but generally the NGO will provide participants with a list of projects based on a strength-based approach. In Uganda projects will include:
- Primary Care Clinic- IIP interns will learn from and support dynamic health teams including nurses, medical officers, X-ray technicians, laboratory technicians, a dental officer and hygienist. This clinic provides health education, preventative care including vaccinations, disease detection and diagnosis, and referrals for more serious cases. Cost of services is based on a sliding-fee scale, although the majority of patients are low-income and receive treatment free of charge. In southwestern Uganda, the doctor to patient ratio is 1 to 100,000, so you will see first hand out important multidisciplinary team members are in getting people access to healthcare and health education. IIP interns will witness “task-sharing” where the roles usually carried out by doctors are done by nurses, clinical officers, community health workers, and others.
- HIV/AIDS Clinic- IIP interns will rotate alongside family planning specialists and HIV positive peer educators, who provide medical treatment and social/emotional counseling for HIV positive patients. Clinic staff work in innovative ways to reduce rates of mother to child HIV transmission, and increase awareness and accessibility of HIV/AIDS treatment and family planning options.
- Nutrition & Rehabilitation Center- Located across the street from the Primary Care Clinic, the Nutrition & Rehabilitation Center provides inpatient re-feeding and rehabilitation for severely malnourished children five and under. IIP interns will learn how the delicate process of bringing up a young child’s level of protein, calories, fats, and other nutrients happens. IIP interns will engage with teams at the center who also work closely with caretakers to offer education and outreach on the prevention of malnutrition.
- Rural Communities (Village groups, schools, churches, etc.)- IIP interns will collaborate with community groups and partners in rural areas working on programs to improve health and economic livelihood. Programs provide families with livestock, seeds, farming tools, and education on sustainable organic farming methods. Interact with traditional healers, birth attendants, women’s groups, people living with HIV, farmers and others, in dialogue and development activities.
Pre-medical/Pre-health IIP candidates with interests in global health are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be independent and resourceful with an interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people from other parts of the world and have a passion for learning and service. Previous experience volunteering and/or working to strengthen their community and/or clinical shadowing would be an asset. If you are enrolled in the Global Health Program certificate, this internship will fulfill the GHP internship requirement.
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