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IIP-Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project
Khayelitsha, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
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
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Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project

The Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Trust was established in 1979. Over the last several decades, Philani has been addressing the issues of poor maternal and child health within the informal settlements of Cape Town, while also providing income generating community projects and early childhood education. Philani is committed to providing caring and supportive community-based services where the physical and mental health of mothers is protected and they feel empowered to raise healthy, well-nourished children. Philani also focuses on the promotion of good child health and nutrition, the prevention of malnutrition and the rehabilitation of underweight children to a normal nutritional status and good health.

Interns at Philani Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Trust will work in Khayelitsha, an African township 25 km from Cape Town city center. Interns will form part of a team committed to the work of improving the health and welfare of women and children in destitute communities.

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Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will contribute to one or both of the following programs:

1) Income Generation and Skills Development Program – this program provides women with the opportunity to develop skills in silk-screening, print-making, weaving, fresco painting and beadwork which provides an income that gives women economic independence and the ability to support their families. Responsibilities may include administrative work in the Philani Shop, shop display and product development.

2) Educare Program – aims to provide high quality preschool education in a stimulating and safe environment. This program consists of over 300 children aged 2-6 years old. Responsibilities may include administration and assistance in the classroom.

3) Integrated Nutrition Program - aims to provide children with the necessary nutritional support to ensure optimal growth and development. Responsibilities may include assistance with the nutrition clinics and stock control.

4) Training Unit: offers a standardized training course in maternal, child health and nutrition to all Philani mentor mothers as well as community health workers from other organizations, Responsibilities may include administrative tasks.

5) General administration

IIP candidates with interests in nutrition, maternal health, social services and global/public health are encouraged to apply.

Skills in computer literacy, grant writing and program development would be an asset. If you are enrolled in the Global Health Program certificate, this internship will fulfill the GHP internship requirement. 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).

Other: Punctual, good work ethic, positive attitude.

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