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*New Post* Support for The Freedom Drugs and HIV Program(EG-1)

July 1, Length: 5-6 months

Location: Cairo, Egypt

The Freedom Program is an Egyptian NGO focused on support and treatment for persons who inject drugs (PWID), a highly marginalized and stigmatized population. Established in 1989, the program currently runs 28 drug rehabilitation centers across the country, serving approximately 2,500 patients each year. As part of an integrated program, the Freedom Program provides patients with HIV testing and prevention services, and started Egypt’s first outreach program for HIV prevention among intravenous drug users. The organization is now looking to address the issue of HIV and Hepatitis C among its target population, as Egypt has one of the highest Hepatitis C prevalence rates in the world.

ICAP at Columbia University is planning to collaborate with the Freedom Program on a formative assessment related to characteristics of PWID and their risk for HIV and Hepatitis C, and will explore potential innovative models of care, especially during the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation phase of care. As a first phase, there is the need to examine the available data on PWID at Freedom Program and to distill from it the critical information needed to define characteristics, risk behaviors, prevalence of HIV and Hepatitis C among those tested and available outcome data in terms of recovery and readmission. This presents an exciting opportunity for a global health student who is interested in research, data review and use, this important population key population, HIV prevention, or infectious disease.

Scope of Work
The student will be hosted by The Freedom Program in Egypt and receive co-mentorship from both ICAP and The Freedom Program. The student will perform duties for the project as needed, including but not limited to the following:

  • Working with co-mentors to develop a project workplan
  • Review of available data collected electronically and paper-based from the Freedom Program (and potentially other organizations within its network)
  • Coding data and conducting initial analysis
  • Presenting regular reports on progress and findings

Application Deadline: February 10, 2017

Qualifications

Minimum

  • Excellent oral/written communication, interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills
  • Flexible, open-minded, and able to easily adapt to new challenges

Preferred

  • Experience with data analysis software and creation of reports
  • Arabic language skills