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IIP-Child Family Health International (Uganda)
Kampala, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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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
Duration of Program: 8 or more weeks Program Adviser: Shahreen Rahman
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Child Family Health International (Uganda)

Organization Overview

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a United Nations-recognized organization providing community-based Global Health Education Programs for health science students and institutions. The organization's unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities - transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship. Currently, the organization offers over 38+ programs in 11 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, the Philippines, and the United States). Since 1992, it has sent over 10,000 participants on its programs. The organization also support locally-driven community health initiatives in the communities in which the participants work.

Intern Responsibilities

Global Health Intern

IIP interns will be placed at CFHI’s partner in Uganda - a health, education, and economic development NGO that was established by and continues to be led by Ugandans. The organization currently operates a Primary Care Clinic, HIV/AIDS Clinic, Nutrition & Rehabilitation Center, Maternal & Child Hospital, and numerous Rural Community Outreach Programs in Kabale, southwestern Uganda.

CFHI's programs are rooted in strong ethical principles. The organization offers first and foremost a global learning opportunity, where interns learn by shadowing and talking with local experts. As such, the internship will be learning-heavy, with the opportunity to join service-delivery and project-based work only once an intern is fully oriented to the scope of the organization's work. The organization have a strong commitment to patient welfare, and interns are not able to engage in health activities that are beyond their level of training and experience.

Areas of learning include:

Primary Care Clinic - Interns have an opportunity to learn from 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 the intern will see first hand how important multidisciplinary team members are in getting people access to healthcare and health education. The intern 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 - 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. The intern will learn how the delicate process of bringing up a young child’s level of protein, calories, fats, and other nutrients happens. The intern will also engage with teams at the center who also work closely with caretakers to offer education and outreach on the prevention of malnutrition.

Rural Community Outreach Programs (Village groups, schools, churches, etc.) - 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. 

Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated strong interest in global health (eg. pre-medical, pre-health, or public health)
  • Demonstrated interest and experience volunteering and/or working to strengthen your community
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency and interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people from other parts of the world
  • Adaptable, proactive, and resourceful 
 
If you are enrolled in the Global Health Program certificate, this internship will fulfill the GHP internship requirement.


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