The Global Health Project
Africa for a long time has been referred to as the dark continent, a region riddled with poverty and disease. In the same breath, Africa has been discovered for its beauty, it’s wealth in history and culture and more recently for its leadership in the innovation revolution. Zahanati Ventures provides an opportunity for medical students to spend an elective period where they will have firsthand experience of the structure of health in Kenya. We aim to give them an experience that will complement their public health modules taught in class. Kenya provides a wonderful training ground for this learning adventure.
This module covers a period of 3 weeks
Modules to be covered:-
1. Health Systems Didactic session – 2 days
This session serves to lay the foundation of healthcare in Kenya using a wholistic approach. We hope to provide students with a global understanding of the Kenyan healthcare status. First we will find out what the student knows, then we will tell them what they need to know and finally have them teach us on what they’ve discovered. Various topics will be covered some of the key ones being:-
The organization of Healthcare in Kenya
Culture and its role in Health
Challenges and opportunities for healthcare in Africa ( Global Perspective)
2. Two weeks exposure
This two week period will form the core of the curriculum. It provides the student an opportunity to have the one on one interaction with various healthcare organistaions in the country. The student is expected to compile a report at the end of this period. This opportunity may be used to gather information required for class assignments and may form part of a research project once the necessary regulations are followed.
The students will be given 2 days to compile their work and on the last Friday of the 3 week session the global health experience will be drawn to a close. We expect students to compile a report on their experience. There will be an award for the most informative report. We encourage students to use this experience as a stepping stone as the scale greater heights in the public health sector.
Duration: 3 weeks
Teachers: Healthcare Professionals leading in academia, administration, research, non-governmental organisations and global health
Dates: July 2018
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Applications open: 31 october, 2017
Application deadline: 31 March, 2018
Target participants: Students and professionals interested in global health and tropical medicine. The course will be highly competitive and we shall select 30 participants based on their applications and on a first come first serve basis. The selected participants will be informed on or before 15 April, 2018.