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Transcript of intern
II. What I have done?
2. Personal Connection
3. WHO Collaborating Center
1. My Work
2. WHO Community
3. Learning from WHO
“Tips for Successful WHO Intern”
“Tips for Successful WHO Intern”
MPH International Health and Development
1. Database for TB Prevalence Rate Survey
2. Myanmar Survey Final Report
3. Attending the conferences
WHO Intern board
Dynamism of TB partnership
WHO STOP TB M&E
Analyzing the TB situation and monitoring the burden of TB.
Enhancing the project as a basic data management tool.
Using Microsoft Access
-name of study site,
-# of strata
-chest X ray
Type of the test
-using sputum smear test
-sputum culture test
The survey results
-# of the patients
Prevalence survey in Myanmar 2009
Comparing to the previous survey and measuring the outcome of TB strategy
Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG).
Stop TB Partnership
-Briefing for new interns
-Meeting with Director General
Thank you for your attension!
Enjoy your internship!
Situation in WHO
Intern = human resouce
Leadership in strategic and technical aspects of TB controls
Reverse the epidemic and eliminate TB
The importance and complementary function of my position in the entirety of the TB department
“I am not working for WHO, I am working for pursuing my aspiration for solving health issue. So it is not necessary to work with WHO if I can accomplish the same thing more effectively with other organization. It just so happens that WHO has the optimum condition for achieving it”
Intern term: 30th May-19th Aug, 2011
"Find a chance through your personal network"
Today’s my presentation is very simple; I just have 2 things which I like to tell you. One is my own answer to how you get internship at WHO and the other is what I’ve done there.
First of all, I simply tell you my answer for the first question and this is a conclusion of this presentation as well.
It is that “Find a chance through your personal network!”
Look at WHO HQ and Regional Office website, there are detail explanations. So I don’t talk too much about this.
Over 8,000 public health experts including doctors, epidemiologists, scientists, managers, administrators and other professionals from all over the world work for WHO in 147 country offices, six regional offices which are African, Eastern Mediterranean, European, South East Asia, America and Western Pacific Region, and at the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
My friend who did internship in WHO STOP TB department in summer 2010 introduced me to my Preceptor (Advisor).
The point is that use any network you have and don’t hesitate to have contact with the person in charge. Now, WHO has serious financial difficulty and my super visor told me that interns are expected as an important human resource. Actually when I worked there, there was big restriction in STOP TB Department, the workforce reduced from about 60 to 40 including general staff. So, this is not good situation for WHO, but on the other hand, it could be said this is following wind for intern seekers.
WHO has collaborating centers including over 800 institutions in over 80 countries. Some of the interns whom I met there came through collaborating center. But I do not know very much about this measure, so just introduce how to find the centers. Look at each collaborating center’s website.
-The survey data is essential for analyzing the country’s TB situation and monitoring the burden of TB in the target countries. They are set by WHO as the counties that need to be assisted from international communities.
-My works contributed to the creation of the database as a basic data management tool for enhancing the project efficiency.
-I designed the TB database form using Microsoft Access.
-Once you enter these kinds of data for TB survey following the electric format, you will organize and withdraw the data easily.
-The other task I completed was supporting the making of the final report of prevalence survey in Myanmar 2009.
-The result of the survey in 2009 is supposed to be used to compare to the previous survey data and measure the outcome of TB strategy in Myanmar so far.
-Additionally, this survey report will become an example of the TB prevalence survey for the countries that are planning to conduct the TB survey in the near future.
-I used STATA and Excel for creation of the tables along with the analysis description on the report written by my supervisor.
-I worked very closely with my supervisor in the completion of these tasks. Therefore, when I had questions or he asked me something, we were able to easily communicate and have a discussion.-This very close relationship helped me work well and I was able to learn a lot of things such as analytic view from his advice and our discussions.
STAG-TB consisted of 22 experts from diverse fields and regions who are appointed by WHO Director General. They provide WHO independent advice on all policy, strategy and technical matters relating to WHO’s TB work.-Through this meeting, I became familiar with the current hot topics for TB, and came to understand the main partnership organization’s functions and position of my office.
-Above all, it is very important for me that I could grasp the picture of “Stop TB Partnership” as a broad network of international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
-There is a WHO intern board that is group of voluntary interns that work together on behalf of the entire intern community.
They are actively working for providing assistance and involving WHO interns in social and professional activities such as
-These activities accelerated the creation of my network. I also participated the library guidance offered by WHO library. They offered interns the basic explanation a skill of research for information, including data or articles that can be accessed from inside of WHO. This guidance was useful for me because I needed to refer some articles in my work and also get articles of which I was interested.
I was keenly aware of the importance and complementary function of my position in the entirety of the TB department.The TB M&E section is very important, but is small part of the TB strategy that is across a very broad range of issues such as health policy, Health system, HIV/TB, Global Drug Facility, DOTS strategy and so on.
Among these situations, I became aware that the TB prevalence rate survey that I have worked for contributes to very fundamental data for every stakeholder. This means that if we cannot provide precise and reliable data, the entire TB system would not function correctly and effectively and in the worst-case scenario they could make wrong decisions.
Thus, having a consciousness of my function in the broad system gives me a sense of responsibility and guides all my decisions.
This comment reminded me that I must not forget my mission and it can be a lighthouse when I stand at a critical juncture, especially in choosing my career.
All of the WHO staff I met had a sense of purposefulness and an ambitious spirit, which has had a profound effect on me and broadened my views.