India is the world’s largest democracy and is considered a newly industrialized country. Yet despite its large workforce and immense growth, India continues to face the challenges of poverty, malnutrition, human rights, and inadequate public healthcare. Funds for health in India have long focused largely on medical services, reflected in a lack of modern public health regulations and delivery of services.
CFHI’s Global Health Intensive Program takes place in Delhi, India, the second most populous city on the planet. Join public health placements within NGOs working to implement social reforms and improve public health outcomes through educational campaigns and trainings with emphasis on the spread of HIV/AIDS in India, tuberculosis, and management of infectious diseases. Learn about key public health challenges facing India such as low rates of immunization, poor sanitation and waste management, and unsafe drinking water. Understand the lingering impact of India’s caste system and challenges in implementing public health initiatives within a culturally and linguistically diverse population.
Get a crash course in Indian culture by spending 2 weeks in Delhi living in a residential neighborhood amongst Indian families. Visit Delhi’s its numerous museums, restaurants, and shops or visit World Heritage sites like the Red Fort or Humayun’s Tomb. CFHI participants may also choose to organize day trips over the weekend to the spectacular Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.