Kenya: Community Health
















Location: Lwala, Kenya

Audience: Undergraduate or Medical

Term: Summer 2018

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm



Lwala catalyzes the capabilities of communities to tackle the multidimensional drivers of poor health. Founded by Kenyans, Lwala ensures that beneficiaries plan, implement, & evaluate all programs. The organization runs Lwala Hospital and supports quality maternal & child care in government clinics. Lwala also works with 13 government primary schools, partnering with communities to provide key inputs to keep girls in school – sex education, sanitary pads, latrines, clean water, and electronic books. Lwala's model is seeing extreme outcomes: reaching 94% immunization rate, nearing zero mother to child HIV transmission, and driving an 18% increase in education gender parity. A recent study by the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health compared Lwala's maternal outcomes to 12 control sites, finding a 97% skilled delivery rate, 300% increase in contraceptive uptake, and a rapid decrease in fertility rates. Lwala is now working with Migori County (which represents 1 million people) to take this model county-wide. 

 In Summer 2018, GHI Intern will work Lwala on program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and research to support Lwala's health activities.


This opportunity is open to all undergraduate students with an interest in community health, primary health care, and rural development. Candidates must have completed a statistics course and should have strong quantitative skills. The ideal candidate will have prior research and data analysis experience. Enrollment in one global health course and participation in other global health activities is highly encouraged.  


Students interested in undertaking an internship must submit a Global Health Internship Program Application. Candidates may preference up to three internship sites during a single application cycle and are required to answer a short supplemental question for each site. Candidates are required to submit transcripts and one to two letters recommendation at the time of application. All applications are due on February 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm. 

Please direct questions about the program to Anne Sosin, Global Health Initiative Program Manager. 



Friday, February 16, 2018 - 5:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center