Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Clinton Foundation

This placement is with The William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative. President Clinton established the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) in 2002 to close this gap in access by negotiating lower prices for lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ARVs), and by working with governments to improve the national health care systems required to deliver crucial medicines throughout the developing world, especially in Africa.

Since then, CHAI has expanded its scope of work beyond ARVs to increase access to diagnostics and malaria medicines, as well as to address a variety of issues that must be overcome in order to turn the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including:

  • Supporting governments to deliver HIV/AIDS services to underserved populations, such as children and those living in rural areas
  • Increasing countries' human resource capacity to deliver care and treatment
  • Preventing the transmission of the disease from mothers to their children.

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Proposed responsibilities include:

  • researching innovative best practices in HIV care and treatment
  • performing internet searches for tools, resources and job aids for clinicians in the field
  • performing literature reviews of impact assessments of various models of HIV care and treatment
  • updating a list of commonly used AIDS-related acronyms and jargon
  • finding, reading and preparing briefs on relevant infectious disease/public health publications
  • drafting documents and reports on activities/proposals, as needed
  • attending relevant global health and HIV-related conferences for students in the area
  • developing team intranet on Sharepoint to enhance collaboration
  • taking notes for team calls and meetings, and circulate/file as necessary
  • gaining an understanding of the full care and treatment continuum of HIV care, for adults and children
  • gaining an understanding of the operations of an international NGO
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor