Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments
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Located in the foothills of the Andes, the city of Mendoza has been a forerunner in introducing universal coverage of contraception. Thus, the six-day excursion to Mendoza is focused on sexual and reproductive health.
Students learn how social and health services are delivered within low income neighborhoods by shadowing different public sector professionals and visiting, alongside health promoters, families in different contexts.
Students visit a social security health service provider during this excursion. Discussions with staff allow students to learn more about projects underway to make health services more readily available for people all over the city. During the visit, a debate session is held, giving SIT students the opportunity to debate healthcare issues with health sector stakeholders.
Lectures on Mendoza Province’s epidemiological profile and health and social policies are held at Universidad del Aconcagua. Students from the university’s School of Medicine are assigned to mentor SIT students during their time in Mendoza.
Tucumán Province has been characterized as one of poorest provinces in the country.
Since the 2001 economic crisis, great efforts have been made to improve social and health services and to reduce infant mortality and malnutrition.
During this six-day excursion, students visit a policlinic where they learn how different specialists interact in an interdisciplinary health team. They investigate the primary social problems within Tucumán by observing and discussing the challenges that nurses and social workers face every day in the field. Students also join Red Cross volunteers on a community nutrition project in a working-class neighborhood.
Classes are held at Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, and SIT students attend classes on community health approaches with local social work students.
Located in the Province of Buenos Aires, Florencio Varela is home to one of the most complex and modern Argentine public hospitals (El Cruce Hospital), and is an example of how an effective healthcare system works. During a three-day excursion, students learn about the functioning of different complexity levels, from primary care to high-risk surgery, in health services.
Students visit local community service centers, second-level hospitals, and NGOs working on facilitating access to health services in poor environments. In El Cruce Hospital, students observe medical work in a variety of specializations and meet the Ethical Review Board to learn about their work.
Lectures on the health system’s performance are held at Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche, where SIT students have the opportunity to join Argentine students in volunteering for healthcare-related educational activities such as attending workshops on sexual health targeted at adolescents and visiting educational centers to promote hand-washing as a sanitary measure.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Buenos Aires
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: 3 semesters of Spanish and relevant coursework Read more...
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