Implementation of an International Aid Program with the Tropical Health and Education Trust and the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

London
United Kingdom
2011
Internship

Through the Yale British Bulldogs program, I spent ten weeks living in the Paddington neighborhood in London and interning as a Global Health Program Assistant for the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET). THET is an international development charity focused on strengthening health systems in the developing world, primarily in parts of Asia and Africa. I worked closely with the Chief Executive to create the organization’s annual review booklet. For the booklet, I wrote case studies about a nurses training program in Zimbabwe and an epilepsy outreach program in Sierra Leone managed by THET. Following that project, I bounced around from department to department, working with teams supporting health systems in Somaliland, Zambia, and other sub-Saharan African countries to conduct research on the inextricable link between economics and health outcomes. The highlight of my work at THET, however, was speaking on behalf of the organization at Oxford University. Here,  I addressed students and members of the Royal Society of Paediatric and Orthopaedic Surgeons about the benefits of health partnerships. This experience was an excellent exercise in public speaking and tested my knowledge of the organization. Throughout the course of my internship, I also had the privilege of attending meetings with DIFID and members of parliament to discuss the Health Partnership Scheme, a £20 million joint effort between THET and the UK government to expand UK aid to developing countries.