Public Health Internships in Sri Lanka
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Colombo
- ROLE: To work in a variety of health care areas, including community outreaches and public health campaigns
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host families
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
In Sri Lanka, conditions are slowly improving: the gap between income equality has shrunk in recent years and more communities have access to electricity and clean water. Unfortunately, there are still communities which remain severely disadvantaged, and one of the biggest problems they face is a lack of access to health services and basic treatment.
As an intern on Projects Abroad’s Public Health Project, you will help provide vital basic medical services in these communities while gaining valuable practical experience. This placement is suitable for everyone interested in medicine and health care, and is especially useful for pre-med students building resumes for medical school, health care graduates interested in adding to their skills, or professionals already working in the field.
To participate in this project, you need to be at least 18 years old.
Interning in Public Health in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, we work alongside Moratuwa (MOH), a medical health organization that falls under the Preventive Health Sector of the Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) in Colombo. MOH was established in the early 1950s and offers maternal and child health services, including a training centre for midwives. There are 5 full time doctors and 3 nursing sisters who cover work at 17 clinics.
Your placement will involve the following activities:
- Assisting doctors and staff at the centres and help mothers fill out their child’s health development record.
- Collecting and entering data
- Assisting public health midwives during field and house-to-house visits.
- Assisting the public health inspector on government school visits during medical inspections.
If you have a background in dentistry, you will be able to assist dentists during visits to schools and dental clinics.
During your internship, you will also have the opportunity to attend monthly medical camps and seminars with all of the other medical interns in Sri Lanka.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Sri Lanka.