Global Health Internship Summer 2018
HIV, malnutrition, TB, high blood pressure, and diabetes are prevalent global health issues among the residents of Zambian rural village communities. These issues are exacerbated because villagers have very limited access to any form of health care and often only have immediate family members for support. There are few clinics around and those that do exist are severely under-resourced with long wait lines and staff that work long hours with limited equipment available. With these clinics often too far away or with patients unable to afford transport to reach them, they often rely on local caregivers for home based care.
Interns in the program will work on a rotation allowing them exposure to each of these areas during their program: home-based care; community health and nutrition education; clinics; elderly care; and girl empowerment. The work will involve working on efforts to improve the lives of the impoverished from young to old, many of whom are HIV positive or are suffering from Malaria or TB. This program is in partnership with Kaya Responsible Travel, a social enterprise organization, who works with local teams providing sustainable health and development projects in Zambia. The program is based in Livingstone, where the famous Victoria Falls is literally located in your backyard. Zambia is one of the world’s top safari destinations. South Luangwa National Park has the most concentrated wildlife populations in the world. Many visitors go on a “walking safari” that provides the chance to see sixty animal species. A safari trip to Botswana is included in the program.