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Internships in Global Health - Venezuela Malaria Research Assistant – Online
*Any, United States (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: Global Health and Health Policy Program Type: Internship
Language of Instruction: English Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Time Away: Summer Duration of Program: 8 or more weeks
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Program Description:
Global Development One
 
Venezuela Malaria Research Assistant – Online
Making an Investment Case for Controlling Malaria in Venezuela

Working with Dr. Derek Willis (WWS PhD 2010) and Dr. Leopoldo Villegas
 
Location: No site; student can work from home or any location
Duration: 8-12 weeks
Number of Positions: 1
 
About: Although Venezuela eliminated malaria in more than 70% of the country in the 1960s, the country has experienced a dramatic increase in malaria cases and deaths over the last decade. The annual number of malaria cases has increased from approximately 30,000 cases in 2000 to more than 1.3 million cases in 2018. Venezuela’s malaria epidemic, and increase in resistance to antimalarial drugs, could spread across its border to Guyana and Brazil. Suppressing the malaria epidemic in Venezuela, as well as the risk it poses to its neighbors, will require significant funding to scale-up its anti-malaria programs. The Venezuelan government has allocated limited funding to control the growing malaria epidemic. However, several organizations have expressed interest in providing funding to control Venezuela’s malaria epidemic, including: the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), USAID, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
 
One challenge in applying for funding from these organizations is the lack of reliable estimates of the cost of scaling-up anti-malaria programs in Venezuela to control the epidemic and the cost of addressing drug-resistant malaria parasite along the border with Guyana.
 
The intern will develop a set of presentations for communicating the results of the investment case analyses to several international development and global health organizations (e.g., IDB, USAID, PMI, Gates Foundation and the Global Fund). These presentations should be tailored to the presentation format that is most appropriate for each organization.
 
Intern Responsibilities: The research intern will focus on three areas:
 
1) Investment case for controlling the malaria epidemic in Venezuela
 
One challenge to estimating the cost controlling the malaria epidemic in Venezuela is accounting for heterogeneities in cost and impact of anti-malaria interventions in the three Venezuelan states of Amazonas, Bolivar and Sucre.
 
The impact of interventions targeting the malaria vector (i.e., mosquitoes that transmit malaria) and parasites will depend, in part, on their behavior. For example, long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) will not be effective in communities where malaria vectors bite outdoors rather than indoors.
 
Similarly, the cost of implementing anti-malaria interventions will vary across communities due to many factors. To address this issue, colleagues in Amazonas, Bolivar and Sucre will collect unit cost data for a range of anti-malaria interventions so that these data can be incorporated into the model.
 
The intern will develop a report that makes the investment case for controlling the malaria epidemic in Venezuela. This report will focus primarily on the cost of a range of scenarios for implementing anti-malaria interventions throughout the country. This analysis will involve enhancing a cost model that was developed in Google Sheets by Derek Willis.
 
2) Investment case for addressing drug-resistant parasites along Venezuela’s border with Guyana
 
The second investment case involves estimating the cost of developing a strategy to address the growing resistance to antimalarial drugs along Venezuela’s border with Guyana. The longer it takes for a strategy to be implemented to address drug-resistant parasites the more costly, in terms of both lives and money, the strategy will be.
 
The intern will develop a report that estimates the cost of alternative strategies for minimizing the development and spread of resistance to antimalarial drugs. This model should be informed by a review of strategies that have been used in Southeast Asia as well as input from experts who are working along the border with Guyana.
 
3) Communication strategy for presenting results of investment case analyses to development organizations
 
The intern will develop a set of presentations for communicating the results of the investment case analyses to several international development and global health organizations (e.g., IDB, USAID, PMI, Gates Foundation and the Global Fund). These presentations should be tailored to the presentation format that is most appropriate for each organization.
 
Qualifications: Spanish proficiency preferred. Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets.
 
New Internship for 2020; no past Princeton interns.
 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.