In partnership with Child and Family Health International (CFHI), students can select a global health internship experience in Kabale, Uganda. With CFHI’s local partner (KIHEFO), students rotate through the main general clinic and the newly built Maternal and Child Hospital, where they learn from physicians, nurses, medical officers, lab, and ultrasound technicians.
At the HIV/AIDS clinic, interns sit in on counseling sessions, shadow health workers who conduct testing, and learn how to reduce rates of mother-to-child transmission. A unique opportunity of this program is to accompany local teams in outreach to a rural village to provide health and dental services to communities. Other possibilities include rotating at a nutrition center that treats and prevents maternal and child malnutrition, visiting traditional birth attendants and healers, engage with mobile community outreach clinics, and learning about local communities’ public health and development services. Students learn about KIHEFO’s groundbreaking, integrated approach to addressing and improving maternal and child health. Due to insufficient government infrastructure and funding, KIHEFO has taken the lead in southwestern Uganda in providing access to healthcare services, especially in remote regions.