The International Public Health Internship

To ensure equitable health for all, Leadership Initiatives works with local leaders to spread health-oriented education in communities in Northern Nigeria. As part of the International Public Health Program, Leadership Initiatives identifies the major threats to public health and the stakeholders most impacted.

Once public health issues are identified, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Public Health Interns with local health specialists and project coordinators. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with community leaders to develop and implement public health awareness campaigns. Interns will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to understand the health care system in Nigeria. Leadership Initiatives partners with local health care institutions to hold educational programs that target major health concerns relevant to Nigeria, such as immunization, reproductive health, diabetes, food and nutrition, child health, drug dependencies, food, hygiene, and malaria.

The International Public Health Internship strives to empower young leaders to improve health worldwide by equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully save lives, develop ethical considerations, and enrich communities all while making a meaningful difference in the world. Through working with interns, Leadership Initiatives enables communities to invest in the necessary infrastructure to address public health concerns that burden developing regions.


Andrés Del Castillo

Saint Andrew´s School

Class of 2021

Andres Del Castillo is a senior at Saint Andrew's School. Andres Del Castillo is an outstanding, responsible and well-rounded IB student.

Andres Del Castillo enjoys playing volleyball with the school team, swimming, playing soccer, playing guitar, debating, hiking, and cooking. As for volunteering, Andres Del Castillo goes to a dog shelter every Saturday morning to build, feed, clean and care for all the dogs. He is the creator of the project "Yo te ayudo", a project created from the coronavirus problem, where several outstanding students give classes to children from all parts of Bolivia in need. He is also part of the BWB club in Bolivia.

Andres Del Castillo is excited to participate in this project, as he loves helping others and learning new facts and ideas about human health and science in general. In the future Andres Del Castillo hopes to one day specialize in some STEM field or become an interventional cardiac surgeon. That is why with all the skills and information he learns in this project he hopes to be able to make advancements in his field of study and thus be able to make a change that will benefit people.

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Iliana Skordi

The Senior School

Class of 2026

Iliana Skordi is currently entering Year 9 at the Senior School in Nicosia, in Cyprus, and had managed to score the highest mark in her entrance examination in Year 7, hence receiving a full scholarship for her whole Secondary-school years, from year 7 to year 13. Iliana is also a GMAT student (“Gifted, More Able, and Talented”) at her school, and participates in associated events, designed to capture the interest, and ignite the intellectual curiosity of students at her school.

Iliana has been enjoying learning and playing the piano for 11 years, as well as learning French, German and Spanish for ten, nine, and three years respectively. Moreover, Iliana participates in an abundance of extra-curriculars at school, including the Mathematics Challenge Club, in which she prepares for national mathematics competitions, such as the regional and following the national mathematics qualifier competitions for the IMO, which she both passed with distinction for her age. Furthermore, Iliana avidly participates in initiatives such as MUN and forums organized by the organization: Global Education Destinations, where she has been able to share her passion on an abundance of crucial issues in today’s world, and has been awarded the Best Delegate and Best Representative award, respectively. In addition, Iliana enjoys participating in cultural Initiatives, such as the “Sanna Camp”, which is held in order to teach and therefore preserve the nearly extinct Cypriot Maronite Arabic Language within youth in her Maronite Village of Kormakitis.

Finally, Iliana is thrilled to have been given this unique opportunity by Leadership Initiatives, and is eager to commence her Advanced Medical and Public Health Internship, as she aspires to study medicine in the future. This fantastic opportunity will not only give her an insight on the health systems of today, specifically on how the third – world nation of Nigeria’s health system works, but it will give her the opportunity to cooperate and be taught by health professionals, while experiencing an exciting fusion of scientific reason with humanitarian action, all aimed towards the betterment of health in communities of Nigeria.

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Our Public Health Issue

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


Our Public Health Issue

Our Public Health Issue

Health Statistics

Health In Nigeria

Community Impact

Our team had the aim of combatting the issue of COVID-19, which has plagued the international community, and especially Bauchi State, Nigeria, for the past 3 years.

More specifically, it has been made known through credible statistic sources that the reported cases are 255,685, and the reported deaths 3,143 - the un-specified and un-reported contractions and fatalities still shrouded with mystery.

Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age, and it is therefore crucial to practice preventative medical measures for the betterment of the pandemic's exacerbation.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.

Covid-19

Health Statistics

Population: 215,908,879 as of 09:43 EET, 26/04/2022 Confirmed Cases in Nigeria: 255,685

Confirmed Deaths in Nigeria: 3,143

Bauchi State-specific Statistics (as per the NCDC, or Nigeran Center for Disease Control):

No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed): 1,957

No. of Cases (on admission): 0

No. Discharged: 1,933

No. of Deaths: 24

Current Nigerian Adult Life Expectancy (as of 2022): 55.44 years (0.57% increase from 2021)

Samples Tested in Nigeria: 5,075,820

Health In Nigeria

The Public Health system in Nigeria exists, but has been approached with a lack of adequate funding diachronically, causing inadequacy to envelop all sectors of the system, not only in the provision of pharmaceutical aid, but in the continuity of doctors' well-paid careers, and the medical education available.

As even less than 5% of the governmental budget is allocated to funding for the healthcare sector, the system itself stands as a barrier to the provision of most consultations and procedures, from simple, to complex.

It is therefore imperative that the road to appropriate development and the flourishing of the medical sector in Nigeria, must begin by the adoption of active learning techniques, when medical crises are handled, a process which will undoubtedly positively impact all generations.

On the one hand, patients are imprisoned in a quadrant of economic instability and inability to momentarily neglect their jobs and livelihoods, to ensure their own wellbeing. On the other, we notice a substantial lack of initial scientific and medical-preventative education, not only at the primary and secondary level, but at the tertiary too, which not only hinders youth's possibilities of aspiring to follow medicine, but when occurs successfully, results in a large pay-reduction.

Community Impact

Initially, our internship team aspired to raise substantial funds which directly contributed to the betterment of medical facilities and the ameliorated provision of pharmaceutical aid in the Nagari Health and Women's clinic, in Bauchi State, Nigeria, which we achieved excellently.

Moreover, over the course of our unique learning experience at our internship, we were given the unique opportunity to analyze the various determinants of health through abundant research, and gain valuable information to approach our assigned crisis of COVID-19 in a multi-faceted manner, not only analyzing the contraction of the virus itself from an epidemiological perspective, but informing ourselves of the socio-economical and political situation in Nigeria as well. Within the creation of our community Brief, assistance from our Nigerian Coordinators, experts in our chosen fields was crucial in receiving a first-hand account of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Furthermore, we were provided with the final opportunity to conclude our efforts with a Community Workshop, which aimed at teaching medical preventative methods, including mask-wearing and immunization to all generations to combat the exacerbation of the SARS-CoV pandemic in the region, in tandem with the use of inclusive, concise diagrams to break the language barrier and further contribute to our aim's comprehension.


Our Approach

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


SURVEY

Our team is designing a community survey to identify major priorities and key metrics for Covid-19 and compiling a report on the prevalence, stakeholders, situation, and current initiatives to fight Covid-19 in Bauchi.


COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGN

To raise awareness for Covid-19 in Bauchi, our team is designing a comprehensive public health campaign for the local community to encourage those most at risk to take the steps necessary to prevent further health complications.


COVID-19 COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

To help improve prevention methods for Covid-19, our team is developing a community workshop that equips and educates community members most at risk of Covid-19.


Our Fundraising

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


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$167

STILL NEEDED

$583

RAISED

$750

GOAL

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their social and economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of historical problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to implement community-based education programs, pay staff to run the operations on-site, and invest in training for local leaders. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.

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