Location: Lima and Carabayllo, Peru
Duration: 8 – 10 weeks
Socios En Salud (SES), a sister organization of Partners in Health since 1994, has been treating disease and training community members to provide prevention and care for their neighbors in the shantytowns around Lima. Based in the northern Lima town of Carabayllo, SES is one of Peru’s largest non-governmental healthcare organizations, serving an estimated population of 700,000 inhabitants, many of whom have fled from poverty and political violence in Peru’s countryside. As a valued partner to Peru's Ministry of Health, SES has also had an impact on national policies for prevention and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV and provides important training and support to help implement those policies nationwide.
Depending on student preparation and organizational needs, MHC interns may support community-based work addressing the social determinants of health or public health research at SES, addressing critical global health challenges like MDR TB, HIV/AIDS, etc. Community-based work may stress health education work or work with youth in one of SES's community-based youth centers. Research interns would assist SES researchers with current activities -- which may include conducting field based research, planning for new research projects/proposals, or writing up research findings. This is an excellent opportunity for a student with interests in community-based public health with one of the world's most respected NGOs.
- advanced Spanish is required
- experience working with community-based organizations
- background in health (community/public or biomedical sciences) preferred