Category: Practicums/Internships

Partners in Health seeks Mental mHealth Technical Advisor in Haiti, for summer practicum

April 9th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Partners In Health / Zanmi Lasante Mental mHealth Technical Advisor
Location: Mirebalais, Haiti, with initial training in Boston, MA, USA

Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante Background: Partners In Health (“PIH”), headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through its service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH operates sites for clinical care, research and training in 10 countries (Haiti, Peru, Russia, Boston, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic) and has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia, Guatemala, and Togo. Zanmi Lasante (ZL) is PIH’s sister organization in Haiti.

ZL Mental Health Program Overview: Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (ZL) was awarded a Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) grant to develop a community-based mental health system in Haiti’s Central Plateau/Artibonite region. The program emphasizes depression screening and treatment, largely in response to an acute need in the
wake of the 2010 earthquake. The mental health program will be rolled out into 11 health centers, including a staff of 1 clinical psychologist lead, 2 psychologists at the Mirebalais University Hospital (HUM), 30 mental health community workers (including 4 located at HUM), and 2 supervisors for the community health workers. Community workers supplement the physicians through community follow up, new patient registration, interim screening, and referral of acute cases. All physicians and providers use some form of a standardized depression screening tool.

mHealth and Mental Health: As a part of the GCC Project, the ZL Mental Health Team will pilot a mobile depression tool for use by community health workers and psychologists to improve screening and diagnosis, clinical care, referral and data collection. A prototype depression screening application for community health  workers was developed in early 2014 through a partnership with the Mobile Health course at the International Health Department at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). The application was modeled after the paper-based screening tool and workflows provided by the ZL/PIH mental health team.

During the course of this project, community health workers at selected pilot sites will transition to a mobile phone-based screening tool to improve standardized care, facilitate referrals and follow up. Data automatically collected on the phones through client registration and screening can facilitate supervision and structured quality improvement activities. Mobile phones have also been shown to improve community health worker motivation and may promote worker retention and engagement.

For the full job description and details on applying follow the link.

REPOST – South African Practicum Opportunities..take a look before the Santander Scholarship deadline!

March 31st, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Breaking News: There are a number of exciting practicum opportunities available in South Africa starting this summer. If you are interested, contact Jessie Chiliza at jchiliza@bu.edu.

If you are planning to apply for a Santander you can use the information below from one of the organizations in your application to Santander.

 

ANOVA Health Institute

Practicum Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape (rural), Johannesburg, Limpopo (rural)

Website: www.anovahealth.co.za

The Anova Health Institute is a South Africa-based non-governmental organization with head office in Johannesburg. Anova is one of the leading partners to the Department of Health to strengthen and support the public healthcare system in South Africa, with particular focus on the HIV, TB and STI programs. This is achieved through clinical expertise, capacity building, community awareness and innovation. We partner with various government, community and academic institutions.

Anova operates as PEPFAR district support partner in three South African districts: Johannesburg Metro (including Soweto), Mopani District, and the Cape Winelands District. Anova’s teams in these districts, each through a unique operational model, work closely with the local Department of Health to strengthen healthcare systems. Anova’s Health4Men initiative is dedicated to addressing MSM through the provision of competent, prejudice-free sexual healthcare for MSM and the promotion of a sex-positive attitude among healthcare workers. The program operates across the country, but has two main centers of expertise in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

 

Western Cape Department of Health  

Practicum Locations: Cape Town

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

The Western Cape Department of Health’s core function is to deliver a comprehensive package of health services to the people of the province.

Practicum Opportunities:

Metro Health Services Unit

  • Maternal Health: Understand and explain the difference in caesarean section rates across several district hospitals.
  • Healthcare Access: Understand and explain why patients do not attend the health facility closest to their home.

HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Unit (HAST)

  • Analysis of STI sentinel surveillance data
  • Analysis of the male circumcision program including a cost benefit analysis
  • The Western Cape Department of Health is revitalizing their TB prevention program. Before they put forth a new plan they need assistance conducting a landscape review of all the TB prevention efforts happening in the province.
  • Support the 9 HAST managers with their provincial strategic plans, which they are required to present in October/November 2015

Life Choices

Website: www.lifchoices.co.za

Location: Cape Town

Life Choices recognizes that every individual possesses unique value. We choose to partner with vulnerable youth on a journey of growth and development delivering lasting change in the lives that we touch. We understand that no two people are the same, which means our interactive and constantly evolving interventions are designed to meet the needs of the individual. This in turn creates a positive ripple-effect in the community.

Life Choices was founded on the belief that once off interventions are not enough to transform a young person’s life. With this in mind we provide comprehensive services in family stability, health education and leadership. Life Choices believes that these four building blocks are critical for youth to thrive. Since. 2006, Life Choices has impacted over 138,000 lives with choices and not charity.

Life Choices provides youth and their parents in the Cape Flats with:

  • HIV testing and counselling
  • Psychosocial support
  • Reproductive health talks,
  • Leadership training
  • Academic support

Kheth’impilo

Website: http://www.khethimpilo.org/

Location: Cape Town

Kheth’impilo’s main objective is to support the South African Government’s HIV National strategic Plans in its quest to achieve an AIDS-free generation. At present the organization has operations in 8 districts with high HIV and TB prevalence in the Eastern Cape (Nelson Mandela B Metro, Amathole), Kwa-Zulu Natal (EThekwini, Amajuba, ILembe and UMgungundlovu), Mpumalanga (Ehlanzeni) and the Western Cape (Metro). In these districts Kheth’Impilo programs scale up access to prevention, care, treatment and support services, thus contributing to reducing the treatment gap, support the strengthening of health systems as well as build capacity of staff to deliver services. The organization provides services of high quality for both adults and children which result in reduced mother to child HIV transmission, reduction in HIV associated morbidity and mortality increasing life expectancy, which contribute to the National Strategic Plan goals of reaching 80% of people living with HIV/AIDS and reducing new HIV infections by 50%.

Kheth’Impilo works in close partnership with the Department of Health at a district level and implements the following programs:

• HIV/AIDS counseling and testing

• Adult and pediatric antiretroviral treatment
• Training of clinical and community support staff
• Pharmaceutical services support
• Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission
• TB treatment and care
• Community Adherence Support /Psychosocial Support Services ( CSSS) to patients and their    families

The clinical program is supported by the Community Services Cluster, which provides adherence and psycho-social support interventions for patients through its Patient Advocate model. Ongoing treatment, counselling and psychosocial support at the community level are provided with special attention paid to the very ill, pregnant, TB infected, children and adolescents, as well as patients struggling with disclosure. PAs are the link between the clinical services and the community, and enable Kheth’Impilo to identify challenges that may become barriers to treatment and refer patients for services to address these challenges.
University of the Western Cape, School of Public Health

Website: www.uwc.ac.za/Faculties/CHS/soph/Pages/default.aspx

Location: Cape Town

 

PROSPECTIVE URBAN AND RURAL EPIDEMIOLOGY STUDY

ACTIVITIES FOR 2015 INTERN

 

Short description of Project:

The Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study is a multi-country cohort study to track changing Lifestyles, risk Factors and chronic diseases in different population groups. The University of the Western Cape’s School of Public Health co-ordinates this investigation in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa. 

The main objectives of PURE study in South Africa are: (i) to examine the relationship between societal influences and prevalence of risk factors and chronic non-communicable diseases; (ii) to examine the relationship between societal determinants and incidence of chronic non-communicable disease events and on changes in rates of selected risk factors.

Utilizing periodic standardised data collection methods, the environmental changes, the societal influences on lifestyle, the risk factors and CVD are being tracked. 1000 study participants are to be recruited from the urban and rural communities and will undergo detailed baseline assessments. Data collection will occur at 4 levels (i.e. national, community, household, and individual levels) and will incorporate the societal determinants of built environment, nutrition environment, tobacco use and socioeconomic/ psychosocial determinants.

 

Project-related activities:

  1. Data Collection
    1. Visit PURE study sites where recruitment of study participants is being undertaken and rendering logistical/organizational assistance to the recruitment process
    2. Collect, code, enter and clean baseline data from PURE study participants (Both using a customized online database and on SPSS)
    3. Managing a database of study participants in the PURE study
    4. Drawing up of Excel Pivot tables, summary graphs and charts and simple descriptive error check estimates on key indicators for the PURE study
    5. Maintaining an Administrative Spreadsheet of activities in the baseline recruitment phase of the PURE study.

6. Manage (updating) a database of study participants in the PURE study
7. Address errors identified by Data Quality Check Reports on baseline data
8.  Administering cohort follow-up strategies including; writing and posting sms messages to all PURE study participants, contribute to the design of newsletters, PURE study day (flyers, banners, posters etc)

b.   Other

11. Undertaking literature search using standardized search strategies for systematic review on subjects to be advised

Academic development activities:

  1. Attend School of Public Health Journal Clubs (Monday 0900 – 1100hrs)
  2. Attend public seminars and lectures in UWC
  3. Presentation at a journal club

 

Ancillary tasks:

1.         General administrative/clerical support (as deemed appropriate and necessary)
2.         Preparation/Re-designing of PowerPoint Presentation slides and lectures notes; in

particular, enhancing the quality of slides by introducing good animations and

video/audio clips appropriate for the slide contents
3.         Developing interactive content for online teaching forum for our nascent “google

discussion group”.  Explore the use of avatars and pop-up wizards that could         serve as helps for frequently-asked questions in an Epidemiology and Biostatistics modules

 

University of Stellenbosch – Desmond Tutu TB Centre

Website: www0.sun.ac.za/dttc/

Location: Cape Town

South Africa has the fourth highest TB rate in the world, while the Western Cape Province has the highest number of new TB cases in the country. The Desmond Tutu TB Centre adopts an outward focus and a holistic approach towards understanding and combating this TB pandemic. The goals of the Center are designed on a strategy built on basic and applied research, as well as on the training of students and communities in all aspects of TB.

The Center is an important asset, not only for research but also for interaction with communities. We operate from the premise that grassroots research, which includes work being done in communities, investigations of the everyday problems experienced by sufferers of TB and HIV/AIDS and reporting results to the appropriate health services, must never be underestimated.

The Center focuses on health systems strengthening, operational research, childhood TB, community randomized trials, food and nutrition interventions, family based approaches and non-communicable diseases.

Practicum Opportunities:

Analysis of HIV Counseling and Testing services:

Collect data at the community-based HIV centers (HCT) around the drivers and barriers to testing for those who are both first time and repeat testers within 5 communities around Cape Town. The intern will collect quantitative and qualitative data from clients accessing the mobile services. The work would potentially involve recruiting and collecting data (using a questionnaire) from clients after they have received HCT. The candidate would work with each of the outreach teams. Staff will be available to assist with language if needed.

 

Data collection uses both closed & open ended questions. Open ended questions would need to be transcribed and entered into ATLAS.ti for analysis. Depending on how long data collection takes, the candidate could also be involved in either the quantitative or qualitative analysis.

 

 

Four Global Health Fellows II internship opportunities just opened; deadline to apply is April 8th!

March 30th, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

The following four (4) Global Health Fellows Program II internships have just opened.  All internships are located in Pretoria, South Africa.

Health Systems Strengthening Intern (INT-P4-044)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: May 2015 – August 2015: Compensated 12 week internship 

HIV/AIDS Prevention Intern (INT-P4-045)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: May 2015 – August 2015: Compensated 12 week internship

Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Intern (INT-P4-046)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: May 2015 – August 2015: Compensated 12 week internship

Strategic Information and Monitoring & Evaluation Intern (INT-P4-047)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: Compensated 24 week internship

Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at http://recruitment.ghfp.net/.

 

All applications must be submitted by April 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

Paid Internship: Research Analyst at D3’s Gender Initiative; deadline to apply is March 31st

March 11th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Research Analyst Intern (Graduate level)

COMPANY ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 8300 GREENSBORO DRIVE, MCLEAN VA, 22021
D3’S OFFICE IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED CLOSE TO WASHINGTON DC AND IS ACCESSIBLE VIA THE METRO (SILVER LINE). WE RECOMMEND INTERNSHIP OR GROUP HOUSING OPTIONS WIDELY AVAILABLE IN DC (AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, GW, AND GEORGETOWN EACH HAVE HOUSING LIST SERVES THAT WE CAN PROVIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE INTERNS).

TYPE: Paid Summer Internship (full-time preferred but part-time options available.)

PRIMARY JOB FUNCTION: Work with the D3 Gender Initiative staff to support data collection and multinational analysis.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• As part of the selection process, develop and present an individual or group research project focused on an innovative topic area that ties together global health and gender issues. Ideally, this will be done by video conference if possible.
• Develop an understanding of the D3 research process.
• Contribute gender issues/global health subject matter expertise to D3’s Gender Initiative.
• Prepare literature reviews of scholarly research on relevant topics countries of interest; this includes reviewing and searching for other surveys and databases on particular topics.
• Provide assistance to staff on data management, quality control, and background research.
• Learn SPSS and CSPRO data management and analysis skills.
• Support training efforts with field researchers.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS: (Minimum requirements for the position.)
• Knowledge of gender equality issues or maternal child health, public health, and international development issues, particularly as they relate to hard to reach populations.
• Capable of self-directed and independent research.
• Ability and interest in data management and analysis (both quantitative and qualitative).
• Proficiency in questionnaire design (or strong willingness to learn).
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent attention to detail, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
• Must be flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities.
• Desirable: foreign language skills in Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, or French.
• Desirable: proficiency in CSPRO and SPSS.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: (Minimum requirements for the position.)
• One year of Graduate level coursework with research agendas related to D3’s Gender Initiative.
• Exposure to and/or a strong interest in international social research.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
• US Citizenship & ability to pass a US Government background investigation.
• General office tasks including filing and using a computer in an indoor office setting.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: D3 has a corporate commitment to equal employment opportunity. In that spirit, we welcome applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, age, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, US veteran status, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:
• Send cover letter and resume, and examples of relevant work to: wimc@d3systems.com
• Application deadline: March 31, 2015

Summer 2015 Guatemala-based Internship with Mil Milagros/A Thousand Miracles; Must be bilingual

March 5th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Mil Milagros/A Thousand Miracles is a Boston-based non-profit organization that works in partnership with mothers, grandmothers and teachers in Guatemala to prevent child malnutrition and hunger and to ensure that children graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. The organization launched its pilot school-based nutrition and hygiene programs six years ago and has since been refining its model while building its infrastructure and expanding its reach. The program currently works with 545 mothers and grandmothers and 55 teachers to serve 1,100 children.

MM is seeking an MPH or MS student to work with us in Guatemala to: describe the organization’s work and strategies, conduct interviews to access the program’s impacts and effects, evaluate the data collection methods used (MM has installed a database in each school to track children’s heights, weights, attendance, grade promotion, and hygiene data), and develop recommendations to improve program implementation. The information gathered also will serve to inform the development of a longer term evaluation.

Successful candidates will have experience working with NGOs in developing countries, will be bilingual (Spanish/English), possess excellent communication skills, and have expertise working in community health, nutrition and/or education settings.

Time frame: June through August 2015
Non-paid; student must secure own funding.
Contact:  Margaret Blood, Founder and Executive Director – mblood@milmilagros.org

 

World Bank Group Analyst Program

February 25th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

The World Bank Group Analyst Program is a new and unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Through this structured three-year program, you will work in an intellectually challenging and culturally diverse environment within a specific practice, region, or corporate unit in the World Bank Group, which includes the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). You will have the opportunity to contribute and grow your skills in areas ranging from analytics, research, data management, project management, communications, finance, management accounting, and information technology. In addition, the program offers various cohort activities aimed to broaden your exposure to the work of the World Bank Group and develop leadership skills.

Upon completion of the program, there may be opportunities for you to continue your career in the World Bank Group. Participants holding a Master’s degree who find the opportunity to continue their career at the WBG may also be eligible for advancement opportunities. Alternatively, you may leverage the experience you have gained to pursue further studies or other opportunities in international development.

In order to be competitive for this highly selective program, you need to demonstrate a commitment to development, analytical thinking, proven academic success, and leadership potential. We value diversity in our workplace, and encourage all qualified individuals, with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Positions may be based in Washington, DC or in a regional office.

The Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance is seeking interns. Deadline to apply is March 10th!

February 25th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

The Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) has been working for nearly 8 years with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to implement continuing education and specialty training programs for physicians and nurses as well as sustainable strengthening of district hospitals and their associated health centers through both clinical and management development.   LeBoHA’s current activities are focused on developing the new Family Medicine residency program and instituting site-based competency-focused training on midwifery care for health center nurses.
Interns based in Lesotho provide essential support for the implementation, evaluation, and continued development of these programs. We are currently seeking two interns for the late summer and fall of 2015 (mid-July to mid-December).  Interns are encouraged to apply to the Santander Fellowship program to cover travel and per diem expenses.  Accommodations will be provided.    Interested candidates should submit (1) your statement of interest, (2) your current CV, (3) a copy of your current transcript, and (4) the names of three references to Kristin Shaw at keshaw@bu.edu by March 10, 2015.

Fully Funded Summer Internship Through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting – deadline to apply is March 18th!

February 23rd, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

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Summer 2015 Exchange-Student Opportunities in Guatemala with CeSSIAM

February 23rd, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Are you looking for a summer opportunity to be involved in research in Guatemala?

The Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM) was founded in 1985 in Guatemala for the original purpose of investigating the association between vitamin A deficiency and blindness.

CeSSIAM is currently investigating the effects of diet and specific micronutrients on outcomes such as health and function. It also mentors pre-doctoral and doctoral students as they lead several research projects.  CeSSIAM works in partnership with INF to conduct cutting-edge nutritional research in Latin America and is staffed by six core research professionals working in three thematic investigative areas, which are described below. There are several opportunities for this summer detailed below. Interested students should send a professionally written letter of interest and resume to Dr. Noel Solomons via, cessiam@guate.net.gt with a cc to Joe Anzalone via josanz@bu.edu.

Summer 2014 projects:

Lactation Biology: We have on-going projects involving the collection and analysis of human milk (using standardized unilateral full-breast evacuation) in relation to subclinical mastitis prevalence and nutrient quality across different social strata and stages of lactation. The Center has an iCHECK rapid vitamina A analyzer.

Dietary Assessment: For students with a dietetics/nutrition background, we can offer a non-field – but in-country – experience generating some contextual analyses for manuscripts based on complete population diet-intake data-sets to be combined with specialized food-composition data-bases.

Stunting Biology: Guatemala has the highest prevalence of under-five stunting in the Americas, and sequelae in its adult population. One of our student-driven areas is using photographic images of individuals to assess length of different body segments (leg-length in adults) and total-length in newborn. This will allow for rapid, friendly survey approaches to assessing the anatomical aspects of the experience of linear growth failure.

Nutritional Environment Measurement Survey (NEMS): We are pioneering innovative departures surrounding the NEMS, which seeks to assess the availability and accessibility of food (and healthful food) in the different food-supply systems of Guatemala. We shall be refining and expanding experience in Supermarkets, and moving to the Tienda setting. We shall expand street-level mapping of dispensing establishments, and relate them to purchasing patterns of neighborhood residents. We shall look to the cafeteria and restaurant domain of the NEMS, as well.

Expected 2015 research titles:

  • Mutual Interactions among Anti-oxidative Nutrients, Antioxidant Enzymes and Urinary Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Guatemalan Preschoolers in the Western Highlands
  • Milk Osmolality and Body Hydration Status in Lactating Mothers from the Western Highlands of Guatemala
  • Osmolality values of previously frozen human milk from Guatemalan mothers: Effects of temperature range for thawing and of storage duration.
  • Risk factors associated with low 25(OH)D concentrations in Kekchi-Mayan and Garifuna adolescents from Guatemala
  • Milk Mineral and Cytokine Concentrations Differ in Guatemalan Mothers with Subclinical Mastitis (SCM) by Stage of Lactation
  • Factors Associated with Subclinical Mastitis (SCM) Among Indigenous Mothers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
  • An Intervention to Co-package Zinc and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Improves Health Provider Prescription and Maternal Adherence to WHO-recommended Diarrhea Treatment in Western Guatemala
  •  Maternal Perceptions and Experiences with an Intervention to Increase Adherence to WHO Recommended Zinc (Zn) + Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for Diarrhea Treatment in Western Guatemala
  • The Validity of Digital-Camera Photography for Estimating Birth-Length in Guatemalan Newborns
  • Development of a formal protocol to map the community food environment using direct observation: a case study in urban Guatemala

 

 

Paid Advocacy Practicum Opportunity in Washington DC,

February 11th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Learn more here: http://www.washadvocates.org/