Please note this program is an unpaid global health education program. There is a program fee required to participate. This program fee pays for on-site services such a lodging, language classes (if relevant), 24/7 emergency support, coordination of rotations and/or placements, and on-site staff. CFHI is a nonprofit organization committed to fair-trade partnerships around the world. Please use the following code “HandshakeCFHI” in order to have the application fee waived when applying for a program on the CFHI website.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is India’s most cosmopolitan and bustling city. With a population of nearly 13 million, Mumbai houses wealthy industrialists, flashy film stars, and internationally acclaimed artists as well as workers, teachers, clerks and slum dwellers. All coexist together in soaring skyscrapers, middle class neighborhoods and sprawling slums.
According to the WHO, the five biggest infectious disease killers worldwide are respiratory infectious, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria. In this overcrowded megalopolis, inadequate sanitation and congested living conditions are some of the factors that contribute to the spread of many preventable communicable diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, meningitis and measles. The physical geographic environment – tropical climate and monsoon rains – also lead to tropical vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Hansen’s disease (also known as Leprosy), still has documented incidence in Mumbai.
Many of these diseases can be effectively controlled with cost-effective interventions, such as public health campaigns to educate the population on preventative measures and prompt clinical care for those already infected to prevent the spread. Witness first-hand through urban and rural hospital settings, outpatient clinics, and by visiting nonprofit organizations, the gargantuan efforts being made by India’s largest metropolis in diminishing the incidence of communicable diseases.
During this program, spend 3 weeks in Mumbai and 1 week in the majestic Mt. Abu in Rajasthan to experience hospital medicine in a rural setting.