About the Zambia Summer Program
The Global Health Program offers an eight-week summer program in Lusaka, Zambia. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), to complete a research project on various topics related to Zambia. At the end of their eight-week program, students will write a research paper and present their findings to SAIPAR, partner organizations, and relevant stakeholders during a final presentation. Through our collaboration with SAIPAR, students will be equipped with the resources to meaningfully confront both the good and bad that accompany development. Lusaka challenges the stereotypical Western understanding of poor, rural, underdeveloped Africa and students will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of global health through this lens. Past students have completed research on epilepsy and stigma in Zambia, as well as on Zambia's recent constitutional reform process.
In addition to their work with SAIPAR, students may choose to gain clinical experience at the University Teaching Hospital, or participate in service projects with local non-governmental organizations in Lusaka.
Students looking to gain clinical experience will be shadowing healthcare professionals at University of Zambia's School of Medicine. In the past, students have enjoyed working with physicians, medical technicians, and nurses in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Microbiology, Maternity, and Paediatrics. During their time at the University Teaching Hospital, students will also participate in various service projects such as media room reagent audits, media prep, compilation of survey data, and more.
Students who choose to participate in service projects with local NGOs will be able to choose from a variety of organizations, ranging from antiretroviral distribution centers to orphanages. With the organizations, students will identify a service project they can participate in during their eight-week stay in Lusaka. Past service projects have been completed with Zambia Community Education Initiative and Mother Teresa's Orphanage. A list of possible organizations is available.
To read about what Global Health Minor and ILR students did during their Field Experience in Lusaka, Zambia during Summer 2013, click here.