Operation ASHA (OpASHA) offers a unique internship opportunity that includes classroom study and field work. Interns will support OpASHA staff across the Communications and Operations departments, gaining useful practical experience and working with the team.
The classroom portion consists of 8 lectures of 1 hour 20 minutes each. They cover the following topics:
- Lecture 1: Introduction to Infectious Diseases
- Lecture 2: Introduction to Tuberculosis
- Lecture 3:Tuberculosis: International and Indian scenario
- Lecture 4: Models of TB treatment used by Governments and NGOs across the world
- Lecture 5: Operation ASHA’s model
- Lecture 6: Use of ICT in TB control across the world and by OpASHA
- Lecture 7: The entrepreneurial spirit and funding guidelines for donors
- Lecture 8: Impact evaluation across the world and in OpASHA
The lectures on disease will be delivered by physicians, including Shelly Batra, MD, President of OpASHA, Dr. Smita Agarwal, MD who has over 3 decades of clinical experience. Lectures on various models and entrepreneurship will be taken by senior leadership of OpASHA including the CEO Sandeep Ahuja. ICT will be taken up by the technology experts within working in OpASHA and outside. The lecture on impact evaluation will be taken by OpASHA’s collaborators like Poverty Action Lab and John Hopkins University.
Lectures will be interspersed with field work. This will include field visits to OpASHA’s centers as well as a few other NGOs working in the area of healthcare. Interns will be able to interact with field staff and patients.
Throughout the internship, an internship supervisor will take care of interns. He will organize all logistics and also work as a translator for conversations with staff and patients, many of whom may not know English. The logistics arrangements will include airport transfers and transport for all field visits.