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Welcome to the website YPIP Inscription


The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) hereby regrets to inform you that the 2015 Young Professional Internship Programme (YPIP) has been cancelled due to the raging Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the ECOWAS region. We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation may have caused all applicants.



The West African Health Organization (WAHO) is a specialized agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. WAHO strives for the attainment of the highest possible standard and protection of health of the people in the West Africa sub-region, through the harmonization of the policies of Member States, pooling of resources, cooperation with one another and with others for a collective and strategic combat against the health problems of the sub-region.

About YPIP

YPIP(Young Professional Intership Programme) is a training programme of the Division of Human Resource Development of WAHO. The programme was developed in 2005 by WAHO and its partner USAID in recognition of the lack of adequate human resource for health in the West African sub-region. The goal of the programme is therefore to: “provide young professionals with knowledge, practical skills and experience for sustainable management of health issues in West Africa.” The programme is currently on its 8th batch and has so far trained 89 young professionals from across the sub-region.


Who can become a YPIP Intern?

If you want to pursue a career in public health and you meet the criteria below, then you should consider becoming a YPIP intern.

  • West African Citizen
  • Higher Education Degree
  • Relevant Public Health Experience
  • Basic computer skills
  • Fluency in at least one official ECOWAS language; knowledge of a second language is an advantage


How to become a host institution?

To become a host institution you must be located in an ECOWAS country, have language and ICT training resources availa­ble in the vicinity, identify a committed mentor within your organization, and be able to offer practical skills and experience in one or more of the core