Incentives for Global Health's (IGH) mission is to increase access to essential medicines through our flagship proposal, the Health Impact Fund (HIF). Millions of people suffer and die each year from neglected diseases because pharmaceutical companies sell their patented drugs at hugely marked-up prices. These companies are incentivized by the international intellectual property system to develop drugs for ailments that affect primarily affluent people who can afford these exorbitant drugs. The Health Impact Fund creates an alternative incentive structure for pharmaceutical companies. When a company registers a new drug with the Health Impact Fund, they agree to sell that drug at production cost (which is typically extremely low) all over the world. Innovators are then awarded a percentage of the fund based on the HIF’s assessment of the actual global health impact of the drug.
As an intern you will play an essential role in the organization of IGH's activities including drafting proposals, organizing pilots and coordinating weekly calls. You will work with IGH's impressive management board which includes Thomas Pogge, philosophy professor at Yale and Aidan Hollis, economics professor at the University of Calgary in addition to some of the world's foremost medical, pharmaceutical and health policy experts. Our advisory board includes former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, former MSF President James Orbinski and several Nobel laureates in addition to over a dozen other global health and economics luminaries.
This is a part time position and you will not need to come into the office. Correspondence will be done by email and Skype calls. This is an incredible opportunity with a great organization. We look forward to your application, which should include a CV and cover email. Please submit your application by December 1st at 5pm. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with Narmeen Haider, Manager at IGH, at narmeen.haider [at] learnlink.mcmaster.ca.