203. Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda

The Massachusetts General Hospital-Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) collaboration joins bio-medical research, academic medicine, and community health initiatives to improve the delivery of rural health care in resource-limited settings.Websites

Summer Project

We have several projects that can be worked on, and the projects will be decided on the program’s needs over the summer and/or the intern’s skills and preferences. However, the Uganda ISURGH Program has two components:

  1. After a brief orientation, students join peers from MUST in developing and implementing 4-week community health improvement projects from the Bugoye Health Center, a rural public clinic along the Uganda-DRC border.
  2. Following the time spent at the Bugoye Health Clinic, there will be either an opportunity to extend the community placement and implement a public health project with MUST colleagues or return to Mbarara, Uganda and participate in ongoing Global Health Collaborative efforts.

By the end of the internship, we expect students will have acquired an understanding of: comparative public healthcare systems of Uganda and international healthcare operations/collaborations.

Responsibilities

In Mbarara students are tasked with taking the lead on one or two service projects to support ongoing collaboration priorities and gain experience in strengthening health systems at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Basic administrative tasks are common and an ability to work independently with minimal supervision is essential.

Qualifications

Successful applicants will have previous international travel or work experience, an ability to work independently with minimal daily supervision, and strong collaboration and cultural skills.

Work Environment

The Global Health Collaborative is an international collaboration of research scientists, clinicians, and administrators. The I-SURGH students will interact with colleagues from Uganda, the U.S. and other international colleagues. They will also work closely with students from the Mbarara University of Science & Technology and clinic staff from the Uganda Ministry of Health.

Independence

On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be about a 1.

Required Availability

  • Start Date: May 25, 2019 (firm)
  • End Date: August 3, 2019 (flexible)

Additional Requirements

In addition to the Harvard University pre-departure training, we require that all participants join our International Health, Safety and Security and International Cultural Competency and Adaptation trainings plus meet with the Uganda team via Skype.

Quotes from Previous Fellows

“This summer, my co-intern and I have been interning with the Global Health Collaborative and participating in Mbarara University's community placement program. We spent the first week of the summer at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology taking a course on the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating a public health project. Since then, we have been in the rural village of Bugoye where we are working as part of a group of Ugandan university students to apply what we have learned to a project aimed at improving hygiene and sanitation. In addition to implementing our intervention, we have been involved with several projects associated with the Global Health Collaborative's Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (BIMI), including GPS mapping the locations of community health workers and analyzing records data from Bugoye Health Center III.” Catriona Barr, Summer 2018

“This summer, my fellow co-intern and I are interning with the Global Health Collaborative (GHC), participating in the MUST (Mbarara University of Science and Technology) Leadership Community Placement, a program dedicated to improving health care in rural Uganda. During the first week of the internship, we participated in a training at MUST where we learned about project development and implementation and were prepared for placement. The training included topics ranging from Monitoring and Evaluation to the pillars of Primary Health Care. For the past month we have been in the rural village of Bugoye where we worked with MUST students to assess community health challenges, developed a village-specific project aimed at improving hygiene and sanitation, and worked to implement it. We have also been assisting at Bugoye Health Center III by entering HIV clinic data and by mapping the homes of village health workers. For the second half of the internship, we will continue to implement our hygiene and sanitation project.” Sergine Cindy Zeufack, Summer 2018

“This summer, my fellow co-intern and I are interning with the Global Health Collaborative (GHC), an international collaboration between Mass General Hospital and Mbarara University of Science and Technology, that conducts research as well as medical and community-based initiatives to improve health care in Western Uganda. For the first half of the summer, I worked with MUST students to help assess the health challenges of a community in Bugoye sub-county and helped implement a health project focused on reducing the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy while also working at Bugoye Health Center III. While working with MUST students, my co-intern and I additionally assisted with several projects associated with the Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (BIMI), which is part of the GHC, including GPS mapping the locations of community health workers and collecting records data from Bugoye Health Center III. For the second half of the internship, we are living in Mbarara and helping the Collaborative on various other projects associated with Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital , including organizing a Color Run fundraiser for pediatric oncology at the hospital and creating learning modules for community health workers in Bugoye.” Sami Strutner, Summer 2017

“My co-intern and I worked with multiple programs related to Massachusetts General Hospital and Mbarara University of Science and Technology's work in Uganda. For the first four weeks, we worked in rural Bugoye Sub-County with the Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (BIMI), helping to implement a VHT mapping program, as well as participated in the community placement course for MUST Health Science students, working in surrounding villages to design and implement a focused health intervention. The following 4 weeks, will be working in Mbarara town, supporting the MGH-MUST collaborative, BIMI, and other MUST programs.” Austin Valido, Summer 2017

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See also: See All, ISURGH, Africa