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Child Family Health International

About

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that conducts socially responsible global health service-learning programs for medical, pre-medical, nursing, PA, MPH, and other health science students. CFHI's 35+ programs in 11 countries connect students with local health professionals -transforming perspectives about self, global health and healing. CFHI supports local communities worldwide through these global health education programs and community health initiatives. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.

Reviews

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Cameron
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Health in Argentina

I was fortunate to be a part of the CFHI program in Argentina. This program was an immersive experience that provided me with invaluable information about Global Healthcare and specifically the culture and practices of medicine in Argentina. Going into the program, I knew I was going to be placed in hospitals. However, I was unaware of just how supportive the CFHI staff was going to be, they truly made my experience the best it could possibly have been. CFHI provided incredible hosts families that made me feel at home and welcome in my month spent across the world. They also talked closely with the coordinators in the hospital to make sure each student was taken care of based on their individual interests. The program also expanded farther than just the medicine present in Argentinian hospitals, providing us students with cultural immersion classes covering topics such as tango, wine and history. These additions made the experience more holistic and thus it was able to contribute to me as a person and not solely just as a future healthcare provider. In addition, I would like to mention the quality of the staff that CFHI has employed. I was blessed with three amazing program directors (Carlos, Charly and Agustín) who served as helpful advisors, fierce advocates, strong support systems and wonderful friends. The staff was available at all hours and willing to assist in any issues that appeared during the trip. CFHI and their staff are what made the experience one that I will cherish for the rest of my life and I cannot put into words just how grateful I am for this organization.

Pros
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Healthcare Experience
  • Spanish practice
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Tanyaradzwa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CFHI GHANA VIRTUAL PROGRAM

My experience with the virtual CFHI Ghana program was a memorable one and a great learning opportunity. Not only did I learn about the Ghanian culture and traditions such as the many staple foods. I learn't about the different social factors that may influence the decisions and choices of people and as patients. This also helped me to understand how I would need to approach patients in similar settings. Through the program we discussed and analysed clinical case scenarios, this has contributed to my preparation for my internship once I graduate from medical school. This program has been very enlightening and through it I have also met people from different countries and learned about the healthcare practices in their respective countries. I have enjoyed being a part of the CFHI program and I would recommend this opportunity, I learned about many different aspects beyond the healthcare system and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.

Pros
  • You meet other people from all over the world
  • The program directors are very helpful and responsive
  • The classes are very interactive
Cons
  • The program was virtual so I was not able to see patients, so the in-person rotation may have been a better option.
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Michaela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intern

My name is Michaela Forouzan and I was very fortunate to be a part of the April Virtual Program focusing on the nation of India. Throughout this program, I have learned from a series of health and global professionals about illnesses throughout India. At the end of the session, I was able to apply all my knowledge through the creation of a presentation that I believed to medical professionals. It was absolutely amazing to receive such great feedback and inspiration from these medical professionals, and apply my knowledge to the future of global health.

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Driss
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An engaging and unforgettable experience!

As a young aspiring African intern of the CFHI Global Health Comparative Virtual Internship, and a national of a Low Resource Country (Burundi), I would highly recommend the program to more college graduates in the relevant fields of public health as well as any entry-level professionals to participate in the virtual internship with the CFHI to gain ground in the ins-and-outs of how international NGOs promote health for all and intervene holistically in sometimes-familiar settings as the ones I come from; while gaining cultural exposure and learning to team work with like-minded global health professionals

The internship taught me that sometimes less is better. As a prospective global health professional born and raised in Africa but educated at a medical college outside the continent, I had to experience major incongruities between the theoretical framework of medicine and the efforts needed to implement health equity in hospital settings and community health services. To understand how this gap applies less extensively in the social and economic settings of African LMICs, I had to surmise how the fine line between the two fields affect health delivery and outcomes, and how I can participate in bettering the healthcare systems of my continent in the near future.

Due to the short-bits format of the teachings I received during Dr. Charles Nwobu’s online lectures in Ghana, Dr. Hema Pandey from India, as well as the Director’s Seminars and multinational Global Health Roundtables, I was able to capture the essence of cultural effectiveness and adaptability as the bases of successful collaborative efforts to bring affordable and accessible healthcare for all. Additionally, as an intern under the Outpatient & Community Health Services Department of Village Health Works—an international NGO based in New York and Burundi, I am now using the knowledge I acquired to help build self-reliant community health systems in Kigutu, one of the most remote regions of the country.

I am grateful to have been awarded the Thomas Hall Scholars Program scholarship for the virtual internship and hope to see more young aspiring global health professionals enroll in the different programs CFHI has to offer.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Dr. Charles Nwobu’ s thoughtful advice for medical college graduates like myself to participate in elective “housemanships” (the african equivalent of medical residency programs) to better understand the health systems and get familiar with endemic diseases of the continent.
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Uchenna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Virtual public health internship- India

Choosing to participate in this program is easily one of the best decisions I made this year. I have always wanted to participate in the internship program without success so I was very excited when I was awarded the Susan Hershey Scholarship for this program. The program director did a great job of curating Public Health classes, virtual facility tours, and even Hindi language classes. Even though it was virtual, I felt like I was really in India learning about the public health system and some of the successful interventions. I had the privilege of interacting with some of the NGO managers and getting their insight on solving their public health challenges. I also learned about cultural adaptability and found the global health lectures very informative. This experience was very enlightening and rewarding. I look forward to sharing my learnings and experiences with my colleagues.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose participate in CFHI’s Maternal and Child Health Program in India because it allows me to experience the challenges expecting mothers face in the developing world. On top of that, I have always been fascinated by the vibrant and colorful culture of India. Hence, this program is the perfect fit for me!

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The website of Child Family Health International (CFHI) has very clear instructions on the entire application process and how to proceed after being accepted into the program. The staff at CFHI were very helpful and knowledgeable. They provided me with all the information needed (contacts both locally and abroad, reading material on the traditions and culture of India, as well as the healthcare system, options for travel insurance and the outline of the program and accommodation details). I only had to search and purchase my flight ticket, apply for my traveling visa and get necessary vaccinations.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

There is free time during the weekends, so it would be great to research on the places/ attractions that you would like to visit beforehand so you are able to make full use of your time in India. Most importantly, go and experience with an open mindset! You are abroad with two identities - a tourist and a student.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

We would start our day with breakfast (traditional Indian food) at the medical director's house and move on with shadowing rotations at different pediatric and obstetric hospitals and small rural clinics in and around Pune, under the supervision of local preceptors. We attended optional yoga classes once every week before breakfast. During the weekends, we would explore around the nearby cities in Maharashtra State to learn more about the history and culture of India. Also, jamming to Bollywood music is part of our daily routine when we were on the road.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was a little worried about not being able to adapt the living conditions and the issue of obtaining clean drinking water. However, the accommodation was fine and we have easy access to clean drinking water. I realized that sometimes worrying does not help to solve the problem. The best thing that you can do is to stay positive, accept whatever comes your way and you will be surprised that you can adapt and be just as fine! Putting yourself out of your comfort zone is the way to allow yourself to grow and learn from others!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Amy Krzyzek

Job Title
Assistant Director, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and US Programs
Amy is passionate about the field of experiential education and has 8 years of experience managing global education programs in the Global South. She feels really grateful to work for an organization that engages in conversations around ethics and social justice, and that tangibly supports the work of communities and NGOs in the places where she works.
Amy Krzyzek standing in front of a seaside view with mountains in the distance

What is your favorite travel memory?

In 2019, I was working in Nepal for a couple months, and I was able to do several days of trekking in the Annapurna region. One morning, we woke up really early to climb to a snowy peak at 12,000 ft, and we were greeted with the most beautiful sunrise, with 360 degree views of the Himalayas. There were only a few other people there, and we all silently enjoyed the stunning views together, with mugs of hot chai in hand.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I used to travel with students and serve as lead educator on global education programs. Now, I am behind the scenes, where I have the opportunity to support partners in Asia, Africa, and the US to be the stars of the show. It's really great to have students be taught by our global partners, as these local leaders are the true experts of the global health challenges and solutions in their contexts.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Last summer, a talented student shared a beautifully-illustrated journal of her experiences in India, and I appreciated seeing her reflections and all of the day-to-day changes that occurred in her thinking. These small shifts in perspectives, assumptions, and worldviews plant seeds that help shape our studies and our careers.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I grew up in a rural area and enjoy learning about the challenges of delivering healthcare in rural/remote settings. For that reason, some programs I am drawn to are Remote Island Medicine in the Philippines, Rural/Urban Himalayan Rotation in India, and Maternal Child Health, HIV, & Realities of Health Access in Uganda.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are thought leaders in the field of global health education, and we are always pushing to advance ethics in this space. We do this in formal ways, including publishing research. We also do this informally in our conversations with academic partners and students. We know that universities, students, and professionals often have good intentions, but good intentions are not enough. CFHI is committed to ensuring that global health programs have positive impacts on locally-led health initiatives.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the biggest factor in being a successful company is that CFHI is so fortunate to have a network of global partners across 12 countries. We work with 200+ individuals in about 75 clinics, hospitals, and NGOs at our sites. This network of global health leaders who teach and support our students is without a doubt our greatest asset.

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