The application process is now closed for this position. (7/22/10)
The Safe Motherhood Program at UCSF is accepting applications for an upcoming internship opportunity in the Copper-belt of Zambia. The intern(s) (2 or more interns are needed) will support the start-up of a randomized control trial of the Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) in 24 midwifery-led clinics as a low-tech and low-cost life-saving method for treating shock, resuscitating, stabilizing and preventing further bleeding in women with obstetric hemorrhage.
See below for background information on the Safe Motherhood Program and the use of the NASG–as well as details on the internship including expected deliverables, qualifications, timeline, and information on how to apply.
The mission of Safe Motherhood Program at the University of California, San Francisco, is to prevent maternal deaths by promoting women’s health and human rights. This international research program is part of the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which engages in the advancement of new reproductive health technologies and development of innovative programs to improve reproductive health. The Safe Motherhood Program is also a member of the Women’s Health and Empowerment Center of Expertise (COE), one of three centers within the University of California Global Health Institute. The primary goals of the Safe Motherhood Program are to:
- Conduct rigorous, relevant and timely research resulting in new and applicable knowledge
- Reduce pregnancy related death and disability
- Ensure maternal survival through principles of respect, dignity and equality
- Create direct and practical links from research to policy to implementation
- Train health care workers in low-resource settings
- Raise community awareness of maternal health
- Disseminate information and innovations globally
Working with distinguished colleagues in a variety of countries, the Safe Motherhood Program has the knowledge, skills, vision, technology, and energy to make a real difference in the advancement of women’s reproductive health throughout the world.
Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG)
In many poor countries women deliver at home, often without skilled attendants or at clinics with limited services available. If complications arise and a woman bleeds heavily, one, two or all of the “three delays” (Thaddeus and Maine, 1994) may impede her ability to access timely treatment. Many women do not survive these delays. In recognition of the direct and indirect root causes of maternal death and disability, the Safe Motherhood Program works to ensure all women have an equitable opportunity to survive childbirth.
A major research effort of the Safe Motherhood Program, the NASG is a low-technology and low cost life-saving device used to treat shock, resuscitate, stabilize and prevent further bleeding in women with obstetric hemorrhage (www.lifewraps.org). Use of the NASG as part of standard management of shock and hemorrhage has demonstrated promising outcomes for women in low-resource settings, where appropriate health care providers and technologies are limited or non-existent. To date, NASG use has reduced maternal mortality and morbidity by over 50%.
To build upon the early and promising data, a randomized cluster trial is underway in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Specifically, the trial addresses the question of whether the early application of the NASG at midwife-led maternity clinics, before transport to a Referral Hospital, will decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.
The internship will take place in the Copper-belt of Zambia and support the start-up of the randomized control trial of the NASG in 24 midwifery-led maternity clinics. The intern(s) (2 or more interns are needed) will work with the clinics during their transition from Phase 2 study (women with obstetrical complications transported to referral facility) to Phase 3 of the research study (women with obstetrical complications transported to referral facility in the NASG). Specific activities will include: Observing clinical procedures at the clinics and supporting clinical protocol adherence, observing data collection and supporting research protocol adherence, helping/training data collectors become familiar with data collection forms, matching data collection forms begun at the clinic with data collection forms completed at the referral facilities, supervising cleaning and completion of data collection forms, and training new providers (midwives, residents, medical officers) in the addition of the NASG to emergency response for hemorrhage.
The intern(s) will receive mentorship and supervision from the Safe Motherhood team members both in Zambia and in the US during the field experience.
Weekly reports on progress, participation in weekly calls/Skype with Project Coordinator are expected.
The internship requires a minimum eight-week commitment (Fall 2010 – Winter 2011) to live and work in Zambia. Preference will be given to applicants who can remain in Zambia longer than 8-weeks.
Expression of Interest
To apply for the internship, please send a current resume and cover letter to Ms. Elizabeth Butrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) with copy to Ms. Jennifer Clark (JClark@globalhealth.ucsf.edu) by August 15, 2010.
For more information on the use of the NASG (specifically the LifeWrap), check out a recent guest post from the Director of the Safe Motherhood Project, Suellen Miller, on the Maternal Health Task Force’s new MedScape blog, GlobalMama. (You will need to register with MedScape. Registration is free.)
Also, take a look at www.lifewrap.org for additional information about LifeWraps.