IIP Placements in Guatemala
Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI)/Clinica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia (CFLAG)
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
ASI (Asociación de Salud Integral, Association for Comprehensive Health) is a non-governmental organization with 25 years of experience managing a variety of health programs. ASI originated as the parent organization for the Clínica Familiar “Luis Angel García,” an HIV specialty clinic within Guatemala City’s General Hospital. Its initial mission was to provide medical care to people living with HIV and to increase HIV awareness through prevention and the defense of the human rights of those living with HIV. Some of their past accomplishments are: 1) HIV clinic. The Clínica Familiar has cared for 4,215 HIV infected adults since 1988. Currently they provide anti-retroviral therapy to 2,250 men, women, and children. Last year alone, the clinic had 35,000 multidisciplinary consultations including medical care, nutritional evaluation, and psychological services. The clinic has been a model for comprehensive care in Guatemala and throughout Central America. In 2012 over 23,500 HIV tests were performed; 17,000 of these were done as part of the prenatal screening program at General Hospital. Thanks to their mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention program, there have been no children born with HIV infection at the General Hospital in the past two years; 2) Diagnostic Center. Their microbiology and molecular biology laboratory has been recognized as a reference laboratory for fungal and mycobacterial infections in Guatemala. They receive specimens from public hospitals, HIV clinics outside the city, and private laboratories. Last year 14,500 specimens were processed in their lab, representing patients from their clinic, rural HIV clinics and private laboratories; 3) National HIV hotline. The national AIDS Hotline (1540) emerged early in the epidemic in response to the public’s need for HIV related information. Operating since 1992, it is the only HIV hotline in Guatemala. In 2012 and 2013 they received 507,376 calls of which 6,794 were received by their operators; 4) Continuous Education for Health Care Professionals. They have developed an e-learning HIV/AIDS course; this has allowed them to train and certify 92 health care professionals who are now providing care to HIV patients in rural clinics and; 5) Research and Development. Their R&D unit focuses on quality improvement in the care provided by CFLAG. Their research department has been responsible for multiple conference presentations and publications in the international medical literature.The selected IIP interns will have the opportunity to create their own research project, which does not need to be strictly clinical, biomedical, or scientific in nature. Also, the IIP intern will have access to patient interactions to include in his or her research. This project should be thought out carefully prior to the start of the internship. Students who apply should make an appointment with IIP Director Luisa Duarte-Silva to review medical prerequisites. In addition, applicants must submit an additional essay with their application that describes the research project they intend to carry out under the supervision of a Princeton faculty member. This IIP internship is ideal for pre-med students with Spanish skills. Students with an academic interest in medicine, anthropology, psychology, and/or nutrition are also encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Fluency in Spanish is required. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application). View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Observed clinical rotations; headed own research project