Oaxaca, Mexico is in the southern region of Mexico and is rich in culture and artesan crafts. It is lacking in health care resources, however, especially related to general research on the health status of the population. Most resources must be directed to immediate care needs, and research is conducted only in areas considered "priority."
Immediate needs relate to WOMEN'S HEALTH and AIDS/HIV projects. All research is expected to take a minimum of 2 months. Three opportunities to conduct research (with huge publication potential) are available in this region.
1) Investigate the occurrence and impact of cervical and uterine cancer in communities in the valley of Oaxaca. Research would be conducted in two communities in the Oaxacan valley through a combination of interviews and data gathering from the state health offices.
2) Researching the actual incidence of syphillis and AIDS listed as causes of death among Oaxacans.
3) Research the use and availability of birth control methods in communities in Oaxaca. Informational support would be provided by the office of population growth and the results are considered to be very valuable information for family planning in the region.
You must find your own funding for these projects. A working knowledge of Spanish (reading, writing, speaking) is strongly recommended. The majority of the costs will be living expenses while conducting the research. Housing, meals, supplemental language lessons, and clearances to get access to the appropriate health records can be arranged.
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