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Epidemiology and Strategic Information(ZIM-1)

June 1, Length: 2-6 Months

Location: Zimbabwe

In September 2016, ICAP was awarded the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded cooperative agreement “Strengthening Epidemiology and Strategic Information in Republic of Zimbabwe”. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacity of individuals, institutions, and the overall health system in Zimbabwe to develop and maintain a national, evidence-based HIV response using comprehensive, integrated, and accessible SI. Specifically, it seeks to 1) enhance ability of national institutions to plan and coordinate SI activities; 2) strengthen systems to monitor and evaluate the coverage, quality, and effectiveness of the national HIV response; 3) improve systems to plan, conduct, and implement comprehensive, high quality surveys and surveillance to quantify and characterize the HIV epidemic; and 4) strengthen human resources to support country ownership of sustainable SI activities. During year 2 of the SI project, ICAP will implement the following main activities namely extended analysis of data from an evaluation Cost of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Services in Zimbabwe (PACE), development and implementation of a screening tool for HIV risk screening, developing and implementing a protocol for evaluating the HIV screening tool. In addition, the project will also seek to develop and implement a protocol aimed at understanding the plight and HIV risk factors for children of female sex workers in Harare.

Scope of Work:
The student will be expected to participate and contribute to, but not limited, the following deliverables for the project:

  • Evaluation of tool for identifying those at high risk for HIV seeking services at public health facilities
  • Evaluation of children of female sex workers, including associated HIV infection risks
  • Extended data analysis of existing datasets such as ZIMPHIA and PACE
  • Compilation of weekly and quarterly project progress reports

Qualifications

Required

  • Current CUMC student
  • Coursework in Epidemiology

Preferred

  • Experience performing data collection, management and analysis