Max Derbyshire

Class of 2022

Ella Farrell

Class of 2022

Morgan Biele

Class of 2022

Our Internship Team

The International Public Health Internship

To ensure equitable health for all, Leadership Initiatives works with local leaders to spread health-oriented education in communities in Northern Nigeria. As part of the International Public Health Program, Leadership Initiatives identifies the major threats to public health and the stakeholders most impacted.

Once public health issues are identified, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Public Health interns with local doctors and project coordinators. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with health advisors to develop and implement public health awareness campaigns. Interns will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to understand the health care system in Nigeria. Interns will partner with local health care institutions to hold educational programs that target major health concerns relevant to Nigeria, such as immunization, reproductive health, diabetes, food and nutrition, child health, drug dependencies, food, hygiene, and malaria.

The International Public Health Internship strives to empower young leaders to improve health worldwide by equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully save lives, develop ethical considerations, and enrich communities all while making a meaningful difference in the world. Through working with interns, Leadership Initiatives enables communities to invest in the necessary infrastructure to address public health concerns that burden developing regions.

Our Public Health Issue


My Public Health Campaign

20,000-30,000 Cases In Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Estimated 100 million people infected with Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Our Public Health Issue

Community Impact


Community Awareness

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite, Plasmodium Parasite, and transmitted by the bites of the female Anopheles mosquito.

It is transmitted through female anopheles mosquitoes who have been infected through previous feedings from an infected human. From there, it is transmitted into a new human through the bloodstream as the infected mosquito bites.

Normally drier areas like Africa: subsaharan Africa. It also mostly affects young children, or vulnerable younger children


My Public Health Campaign

Symptoms can begin 10 days to four weeks after infection and include fever, sweat, chills, headaches, malaise, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting.

Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice, yellow coloring of the skin and eyes. If not immediately treated, it can cause kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death.

The economic impact of malaria is estimated to cost Africa $12 billion every year. This figure factors in costs of healthcare, absenteeism, days lost in education, decreased productivity due to brain damage from cerebral malaria, and loss of investment and tourism.


My Public Health Campaign

Mosquito nets are a primary mode of prevention as this would lower the risk at getting bitten during inactive times of the day. Malaria isn't transmitted through physical contact, so humans cannot transmit the disease to another and mosquitoes are the main source. Also, it is possible to use insect repellent that would be of help in getting the mosquitoes away from you.


My Public Health Campaign

Graphics to help raise awareness (posters), Prevention, mosquito nets, Repellent, Long sleeves clothing, Treatment, Seek the doctor, Slides to educate people , If possible, we could see if it is tangible to get the government to provide more aid in health and treatment in terms of the hospital conditions, etc. This would hopefully help.

By doing this it would help raise awareness of this issue and lower the chances of diverting nets and people not getting the proper resources needed. Obviously, our ultimate goal is to lower the number of cases in Bauchi seen each year and help decrease the risks. Whether that is in prevention or in proper care after,


My Public Health Campaign

Our Approach


Our team is identifying major priorities and key metrics for malaria and compiling a report on the prevalence, stakeholders, situation, and current initiatives to fight malaria in Bauchi.


To raise awareness for malaria in Bauchi, our team is designing a comprehensive public health campaign for the local community to encourage those most at risk to take the steps necessary to prevent further health complications.


To help improve prevention methods for malaria, our team is developing a community workshop that equips and educates community members most at risk of malaria.

Our Fundraising


Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest economic growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their socio-economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to incubate new business and community ventures, pay staff to run the program on-site, fund student-created solutions, and invest in training for local leaders and entrepreneurs. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.