This article originally appeared at Desicritics.org, a Blogcritics.org network site, providing news and information on media, culture, politics, sports, etc. with a South Asian focus. Visit Desicritics.org for more fine stuff.
The American India Foundation(AIF) is a leading international development organization working on the acceleration of social and economic change in India. President Bill Clinton serves as the honorary chair of the Foundation, which administers four main programs:
1) The Service Corps develops young American leaders by placing them with Indian non-profits based on skills and need;
(2) The Digital Equalizer bridges the “digital divide” by providing computers, Internet, and training to under-resourced schools;
(3) The League of Artisans enables artisans toimprove their economic and living conditions;
(4) Donor Education trains donors to become strategic philanthropists.
The Foundation also looks at Public Health, more specifically, the burgeoning AIDS crisis. On World Aids Day 2005, President Clinton and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the AIDS crisis, stressing the dangers of ignoring it, or treating the potential epidemic as an inconvenient political guest. The Foundation launched the AIF Medicorps on that day to connect US-based healthcare professionals with recipient institutions in India to expand the overall medical responsiveness to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
President Clinton said, “Every voice matters. So does every dollar and every hour of time you can volunteer. Your generosity supports the tireless work of people whose efforts to fight AIDS are succeeding. We have got a long way to go but we are making progress. Together we can beat this human tragedy.”
The Foundation has now called for applications for its AIF India Medicorps Fellowship. The criteria are:
1) 5+ years work experience,
2) Currently employed in public or private practice, and
3) Willing to offer his/her services pro bono to Indian institutions.
Applicants with HIV/AIDS-related expertise are encouraged to apply. The positions are short, of one to four week duration.
To apply, please submit a detailed resume and cover letter explaining
why you are interested in the Medicorps fellowship, and at least two
placement preferences within India. The Medicorps Advisory Committee
may contact the applicant for additional information. Email
applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or send hard copies to:
American India Foundation
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022