Rice 360's student-interns have served in Swaziland since 2007. Students worked in Swaziland in summer 2010 and 2011 with the Clinton Health Access Initiative
, the Swaziland Ministry of Health
, and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative
to initiate and facilitate the roll-out of approximately 213,000 DoseRight syringe clips as part of Swaziland's national program in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. Designed by students in Rice 360's Beyond Traditional Borders initiative and licensed to 3rd Stone Design, DoseRight clips fit into the barrel of an oral dosing syringe to promote the accurate dosing of liquid medication. The clip can be especially beneficial to infants and children who are taking liquid antiretroviral medication to treat or prevent HIV infection.
In summer 2007, interns worked with physicians from the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative to implement a distribution system for food from the World Food Programme. They created a protocol to determine who was eligible, how much food they should receive, and how often they should receive it. They also developed a recipe sheet on how to incorporate the corn-soy blend into traditional meals for a more balanced diet. The interns trained volunteers so the program could sustain itself after they left.
Read more about the students' experiences in Swaziland on their blogs.