217. Getting to Zero, Mbarara, Uganda

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

The full title of this project is Getting to Zero: Safer conception programming to eliminate sexual and perinatal HIV transmission among HIV-serodifferent couples. This is an exciting opportunity for an undergraduate student to join our HIV and Reproductive Health research team in Mbarara, Uganda.

Globally, eighteen million women and men living with HIV want to have a child. Condomless sex between HIV-serodifferent (one HIV-positive, one HIV-negative) couples who want children contributes to 1.5 million HIV infections and 150,000 perinatal transmissions annually. Safer conception interventions promoting antiretroviral (ARV)-mediated viral suppression, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and/or condomless sex timed to peak fertility can eliminate HIV transmission, keeping sexual partners and babies HIV-free.

In partnership with clinicians, researchers, and community advocates in Mbarara, our team established a Healthy Families clinic to provide reproductive health care services to HIV-affected individuals and couples who want to have children. Over 100 HIV-affected couples and individuals have already enrolled in the clinic. Preliminary quantitative findings suggest high uptake of safer conception and HIV prevention strategies. In qualitative interviews, clients are enthusiastic about the services offered and emphasize the need to expand programming.

Summer Project:

Over the next year, our team will expand services and undertake several research projects to evaluate implementation, uptake, and client satisfaction with the Healthy Families clinic.

We have an exciting opportunity for an undergraduate student to join our team in Mbarara and contribute to the implementation of the Healthy Families clinic and associated research projects. Tasks include quantitative and qualitative data collection, entry, management, and analysis; assisting with conference abstracts and presentations; assisting with manuscript preparation; engaging with community-based organizations representing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living with or affected by HIV; learning from and collaborating with an inter-disciplinary, multi-national team focused on HIV and reproductive health; and developing Knowledge Translation & Exchange (KTE) materials to share study findings with providers, community organizations, people living with HIV, government policy-makers, researchers, and other priority stakeholder groups.

Responsibilities:

We are looking for a student with experience working with quantitative and/or qualitative data, and who is committed to sexual and reproductive rights and global health.

Please Note:

The dates for this internship will be approximately May 25th - August 3rd, and housing will likely be available at the guest house.

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