The Safe Motherhood Program at UCSF is accepting applications for an upcoming internship opportunity in the Copper-belt of Zambia. The intern will spend the majority of their time in the labor and gynecology wards at a district hospital and several peri-urban clinics, gaining an understanding of front-line maternal health service delivery and research.
This internship is based in the Copperbelt Region of Zambia. The intern will work on a study that aims to reduce maternal mortality and morbidities in Zambia and Zimbabwe caused by obstetric hemorrhage. This is a cluster randomized control study that compares outcomes based on evidence from intervention and control clinics. The intervention clinics in this study are the clinics that are using the NASG (Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment) as a first aid device for patients suffering from hypovolemic shock caused by bleeding during pregnancy.
Some of the duties of the intern include:
-Providing logistic support for the local Zambian team – distributing supplies, copies, etc.
-Reviewing data collection forms
-Encouraging protocol adherence
-Conducting trainings with local hospital and clinic staff
-Visiting the study clinics
-Following up on cases
-Liaising with the San Francisco office and the in-country staff
Desired qualifications: Experience in international settings, interest in maternal health, research experience, familiarity with clinical environments. Must be highly detail-oriented, be well organized and have excellent follow-through skills.
Time requirements: Must be able to commit a minimum of 2 months in the Copperbelt, although 3 months is preferred.
Compensation/Funding: Interns must secure their own funding for travel and lodging. There is no funding for these positions but it is valuable experience for someone who wants to make a huge difference in women’s lives.
To learn more about the NASG (Life Wrap), visit: www.lifewrap.org.