Summer Global Health Internships in Tanzania
Each summer since 2008, the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum (HUGH Forum) has worked under the guidance of faculty mentors from the Health Science and Technology (HST) division of Harvard Medical School and MIT to engage in sustained training, education, and cultural exchange for students in Tanzania. Students have conducted a variety of projects focused on education and evaluation, to improve community health in resource-poor settings.
Our approach is called an innovation “Sandbox”, as it initially involves a free exploration and experimentation of ideas for the development of service or product-based solutions within the fixed socioeconomic constraints and unique cultural setting of Tanzania. Example project ideas from previous years include mobile clinic implementation, cervical cancer diagnostics, supply chain management, quality of care assessment, and maternal health improvement using information systems. (More details of last year’s projects are below)
In summer of 2012, HUGH Forum will offer two internships in Tanzania for approximately 7-8 interns. These internships will leverage previous HUGH Forum fieldwork and offer students the opportunity to work under the guidance of the Associations of Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA) and the non-profit Bienmoyo.
To learn more about these projects, please attend one of two Office Hours being held on Nov. 29th and 30th at 7 pm in Quincy Dinning Hall to speak with the internship co-directors Homan Mohammadi and Angela Primbas.
All Harvard undergraduates are welcome to apply. All concentrations and grades are given equal consideration.
Interns rely on Harvard grants to fund their summer internships. Although funding is not guaranteed, these summer internships have a very high success rate (>90%) of securing funding for accepted students. HUGH Forum assists interns in applying independently for various funding sources at Harvard.
Requirements for interns:
- Interns will be required to attend a regular series of meetings with Professor Jeffrey Blander, our Tanzania internship advisor, during the spring semester. These meetings may serve as independent study (with potential for credit) and will prepare participants for their respective projects and groundwork.
- Interns will be provided an Intern’s Handbook and are required to attend language, safety, and field orientation workshops led by previous interns during the spring semester.
- Interns must commit to at least 8 weeks in Tanzania. Though the dates are flexible, this commitment will likely be required between June and early August.
- While in Tanzania, each intern is required to write one blog post for the club website’s internship blog.
- Interns are required to attend at least one HUGH Forum general meeting (on Monday nights) in the spring semester and present their findings to the club in the fall 2012 semester.
Example of previous summer projects:
In summer 2009, 4 Sandbox interns developed, in collaboration with local experts, a nine-category quality improvement assessment template. Using this template, the team traveled throughout the northern zone of Tanzania to interview 23 clinical facilities to establish a baseline and create a list of potential high impact interventions to reduce medical errors and improve quality of care. One of this year’s projects may involve building upon this preliminary framework and refining methods and short list interventions for field implementation at select facilities in Tanzania. This internship would provide students with the invaluable opportunity to interact with local clinicians and learn about the inner workings, challenges, and incentives for global health service delivery and management. Interns would expand upon last year’s project, continue to visit more clinics, and update the methodology as needed.
In summer 2010, 3 students focused on an in-depth anthropologic study and analysis of what factors help to stimulate and support innovation for global health specific to technology and service delivery. The project consisted of preparing interview tools, conducting secondary research, and in-depth case study templates during the semester, leading up to summer fieldwork centered on site interviews, primary quantitative data collection, and video testimonials. Collected information was used to support the full development of case studies in quality improvement, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, medical education, and diabetes. 2012 interns may have the opportunity to expand upon the work completed by last year’s Voices4Change team.
Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum (HUGH Forum) (http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/global/) is the first student group at Harvard to focus specifically on the issues of global health. It aims to provide the Harvard undergraduate community with a comprehensive view of global health issues through seminars and speaker series, alongside opportunities to actively address them through fieldwork abroad. HUGH Forum invites all undergraduates interested in global health to join and encourages members to implement projects in global health that interest them proactively.
The Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA) (www.aphfta.org) is registered in Tanzania as a Non-Profit Organization that is the only Tanzania ministry of health (MOH) recognized umbrella organization representing the private health sector. Current membership represents more than 400 private health facilities in the country. Since 2005, APHFTA has also participated in HIV and AIDS relief as a sub-recipient of Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, and has trained nearly 275 health care providers from 40 private health facilities in HIV and AIDS care and treatment, VCT, PMTCT and HBC for people living with HIV/AIDS. More than half of APHFTA facilities have been assessed by the Tanzanian government, and have been registered as HIV/AIDS care and treatment centers for the national HIV/AIDS program.
Bienmoyo (www.bienmoyo.org) is a registered USIRS 501c(3) organization that provides advisory services to public and private partners in developing countries. Bienmoyo has supported projects with both public and private sector stakeholders in Tanzania and has worked with APHFTA the past three years to help expand private health sector development. Over the past four years Bienmoyo has supported other placement of over three-dozen graduate and undergraduate students from The Wharton School, Harvard, and MIT in Tanzania. Bienmoyo’s tenets for engaging local in-country partners include the presence of experienced senior leadership, a proven track record in implementing health services, commitment to include underserved or underinsured populations, and transparent financial operations.
2012 SUMMER PROJECT APPLICATION
- Nov. 29, 30 7p.m. in Quincy D-Hall- Homan and Angela, internship directors, will hold office hours for those interested in learning more about the internship.
- Sunday Dec. 4 11:59 p.m.—Applications due to email@example.com. After the application is received, you will be invited to sign up for a interview slot. Applications will be received on a rolling process after the deadline.
- Tuesday Dec. 6- Friday Dec. 9—15-minute interview with the internship directors
- Monday Dec. 12- Decisions released, and accepted interns will have till New Year’s day to commit to the 2012 internship.
Note: Our application process wraps up before the end of the semester because over J-term we will be communicating with accepted interns and helping them get ready to apply for summer funding.
1. What international experience do you have? Please list your experience (include name of country and length of stay).
2. Languages spoken and proficiency (Note: Proficiency in Swahili is not required. Accepted students will be trained in basic Swahili.)
Short Essay Questions (Maximum length for each answer: 250 words)
- How does this internship fit into your academic and/or extracurricular interests? What issues in global health interests you?
- What skills do you think you have that are necessary to work successfully in a developing country?
- Describe a significant challenge you have faced and how you overcame it.
Please attach an updated resume to this application.
If you have any questions, please contact HUGH Forum Tanzania Internship Directors Homan Mohammadi and Angela Primbas at firstname.lastname@example.org.