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Internships at global health agencies are often unpaid. Many candidates from low- and middle-income countries are unable to afford the financial costs, which reach 75% of the GDP per capita for a candidate from South Africa and over 10 fold greater than GDP per capita for Liberia. Read more about our findings in the Lancet Global Health, or in our statement submitted to the WHO Executive Board.

This project will support two accepted LMIC interns with strong educational attainment, potential for leadership and investment of skills back in their home countries.

Their experience as WHO-HQ interns will be featured in a video-documentary highlighting the impact of training young professionals from high disease burden countries and the issues around equitable access to global health internships. It will be screened widely as part of a larger advocacy campaign.

The aims are to persuade;

  • International health agencies to recognise the importance of strengthening the public health and policy skills of young health professionals in LMICs through their internship programmes
  • Global health donors that transformative learning experiences such as internships are a key component of health systems capacity building and should be part of their programmes



We are coordinating with key stakeholders including the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, Stichting Health Action International, and Geneva based Global Health professionals. The project is supported by a BBC Producer, promoted by the Royal Society of Medicine Global Health Film Initiative and coordinated with the WHO Intern Board in Geneva, with whom we’ve co-authored the practical guidance to deliver this project. 


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