Bolivia

CFHI Bolivia: Pediatric Health | La Paz and Tarija, Bolivia

CFHI Bolivia

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  • Focus: Pediatrics and Child Health, Hospital and Inpatient Medicine, Primary Care and Health Justice, Rural Medicine
  • Location: 5 weeks in La Paz and 5 weeks in Tarija, Bolivia
  • Language: 75 hours of Spanish language classes included in the program

Interns with Child and Family Health International (CFHI) in Bolivia will complete rotations in a variety of clinical and non-profit care facilities throughout La Paz and Tarija. Gain experience in working with largely indigenous populations in resource poor settings and understand the socioeconomic and cultural barriers they face in accessing services for their children.

The first 5 weeks will be spent in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, a modern cosmopolitan city in the Andean highlands that continues to confront inequities between social classes and ethnic groups. Take part in rotations at the largest pediatric hospital in the country, recognized as a major research hospital. Rotate alongside local physicians, residents, and medical students in wards such as obstetrics, oncology, inpatient, infectious disease, and nephrology. In addition to clinical rotations, participants can choose to volunteer with local non-governmental organizations that cater to the needs of underprivileged children and families.

For the last 5 weeks interns will be based in the small city of Tarija, located in southern Bolivia near the border with Argentina. Participants will focus on primary care, public health outreach, rural health and prevention efforts in surrounding communities. Rotations include public primary health clinics in urban and rural areas. Interns will also learn about Chagas disease, an endemic vector-borne illness that is a major public threat in Latin America. At a local clinic dedicated only to that disease, participants will look at the clinical manifestations and epidemiology of the disease as well as the public health efforts to detect and prevent it.

Intermediate Spanish level strongly recommended.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Fall: October 7 – December 16, 2017
  • Winter: January 6 – March 17, 2018
  • Spring: April 7 – June 16, 2018
  • Summer: July 7 – September 15, 2018

Duration of Internship:

  • 10 weeks

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