Organizations working in Global Health
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BIRDS is looking for people interested in getting involved in the following programs, all of which are already in operation:
- Community Health Worker Training
- FFS/Agricultural Training
- Dalit/Women's Empowerment
- Widows Sustainable Employment/Rescue
- Rural and Urban Community Development
- Mobile clinics
CardioStart is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting children and adults with heart disease. In response to requests from countries lacking heart and lung surgical and other specialist facilities, volunteer teams conduct overseas missions utilizing medical, technical, and non-medical expertise from numerous locations throughout the world.
No fees are charged for any services provided. Recipient countries, which require support, fall into two basic categories of need:
- Those with hospitals incapacitated by civil strife, or severe lack of funding or personnel.
- Those lacking existing facilities to effectively perform complex surgery.
Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. They model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.
Join Doctors for Global Health's (DGH's) longest-running project in Estancia, a village in the mountains of Northeast El Salvador. Work closely with health promoters and a team of local leaders in providing excellent clinical care and advocacy to poor, sick patients.This program is looking for Spanish-speaking physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, or fourth year medical students willing to make a 3-12 month commitment to DGH's partner organization. They are placing volunteers immediately, and looking through end of 2010; their greatest need is July-September 2009.
Students can travel to India this summer and learn to become change agents for global health through Einstein’s Center for Public Health Sciences. In this unique four-week program, they will study the increasing role globalization plays on ethical issues in health in New York and in India, while immersing themselves in Indian culture.
Health Bridges International has an on-going community clinic, water filtration and public health program in Lima and Arequipa. They have had students involved from a variety of medical schools - including OHSU. There are numerous opportunities for medical and health professions students to be involved, such as in community health research, direct patient care rotations and public health infrastructure development. In addition, placements (for up to 9 months) are available for elective rotations.
At the Hillside Clinic in Belize physician responsibilities include oversight for medical students, direct patient care that occurs in their clinic and on mobile clinics as well as home visitation. They work closely with and have excellent credibility with the Belizean Ministry of Health. We provide accommodations for physician volunteers at no charge and have drivers available to help with your transportation needs. The experience is wonderful and the work is much appreciated. If you are interested – please email Jeff Hartman at or call him at (608) 751-7672.
The International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) is an established federation of medical student associations from across the world. It is recognized as an important non-governmental organization and collaborative partner by WHO, UNESCO, other UN agencies and several INGOs, such as the Global Health Forum. IFMSA’s exchange program is well-established and offers medical students throughout the world the opportunity to participate in clerkships, research activities, exchanges, and electives across the world.
Interhealth South America Study and service program in Ecuador for medical students and resident physicians.
General Medical Elective Course - Malnutrition Services and Maternal Child Health. U.S. IHA offers a 4 week elective in Peten Guatemala for students, residents and professionals in the allied health fields. This program offers an overview of the major issues in International Health:
- Maternal child health
- Infectious disease
- Impact of culture and infrastructure on health
The focus of the elective is based on a morbidity survey of 100 communities from all parts of the Peten done in March, 2000. Students attending the program for the first time rotate through 4 clinical sites each of which addresses one of the major health issues impacting the Peten. Details
Community Service - International Health Alliance recognizes the important role of infrastructure in creating and maintaining a healthy environment. For this reason in addition to their role in medicine they have begun community development projects in the areas of construction, education and sanitation. They look forward to your professional expertise as a volunteer as they embark upon these new projects.
- Business Service
- Agricultural Development (clean water project)
- Educational Services (training of health promoters)
- Community Development (pharmacy construction and management)
International Medical Relief provides medical, dental and surgical care to under-served and vulnerable people around the world through medical mission trips. IMR recruits qualified medical teams and offers short-term assignments for volunteer doctors, dentists and other health care professionals as well as non-medical volunteers to conduct overseas medical clinics in areas where health care is limited or difficult to obtain.
The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation creates and disseminates proven, sustainable, and replicable models which improve the lives of vulnerable older adults, particularly in developing areas, through education, training, and technical assistance.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.
This is an internship program with the Epidemiology Department of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Palau, part of the large island group of Micronesia.
IE3 Global Internships program. The program offers several health related placements in various international locations. Initiated in 1996, the program has operated successfully, placing nearly 2000 students in a wide range of professional settings and locations. Most placements are in the area of public health and are not in clinical settings. OHSU IE3 Campus Adviser: Jay D. Kravitz, MD, MPH
Project Helping Hands is a non-affiliated not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating culturally sensitive growth opportunities for volunteers to provide health and medical intervention programs for those lacking access; to develop sustainable, locally-run health promotion and prevention programs, and to assist with the basic life needs of the less fortunate in developing nations.
Sea Mercy is a program developed for disaster and critical care needs for remote islanders. It is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity with a simple vision and mission to "stand in the gap" with a service delivery vessel, trained health care volunteers, support equipment, and critical care services as island nations develop their "outer island" health care infrastructure, when critical health care need opportunities are present, or when disasters occur. Resident's view their Tropical Medicine Elective
Sustainable Organic Integrate Livelihoods (SOIL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti.
Advaita Medical College (STIKES Advaita Medika Tabanan) offers Global Health Summer classes for students and health care professionals in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. Details
The Harambee Centre welcomes all health care professionals and all students to volunteer at the Chelwe Clinic in Kenya. The Centre connects the people of the Pacific Northwest with the people and cultures of Africa. Harambee means "Let's pull together" in Kiswahili; their logo is the Ashanti adinkra for strength. The mission of the Harambee Centre is to pull people together for the good of the global community. We believe that multicultural education and intercultural exchange are essential to building genuine understanding, respect and enduring relationships among diverse peoples. The Harambee Centre is a successful organization because of the immense efforts of its volunteers. Whether donating time, money, resources or expertise, volunteers continue to make a huge difference.
The R The Ray of Hope Foundation is recruiting medical, PA, nursing and midwifery students with at least one clinical rotation; plus nurse practitioner students and residents for the initial rotations. They hope to expand the rotation to include dental, engineering, pharmacy, public health, research and pre-professional students in the 2010 academic year. y of Hope Foundation
The Foundation was formed in 2003 by OHSU’s Dr. Teresa F. Gipson, a family physician with over ten years of experience working with vulnerable, underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad. It is dedicated to the promotion of health, healing, medicine and education to the global community through exchange of volunteers, technology, training, medical supplies and education programming.
The South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program
The South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) program at the University of Texas School of Medicine-San Antonio (UTSOMSA) provides in vivo training experiences at the US-Mexico Border for medical students, residents and other health professionals in an unusual and informative setting. The setting distinguishes it from other programs in the Nation.; H1N1 Influenza, drug-resistant tuberculosis, rabies, pesticides, and air and water pollutants do not respect borders and have the potential to affect the US population. The program invites students to step outside a treatment-based medicine paradigm and into a preventative one.
The Global Health Center strives to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding academic, research, and service activities across OHSU and beyond. Given the changing nature of global health, we highly recommend that readers of this website check with programs and training sites of interest to assure accurate information.