Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.
In ten years, President Clinton and CHAI have made a substantial impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This includes seven breakthrough price reductions for drugs and diagnostics. Today, more than two million people living with HIV/AIDS are on lifesaving treatment using medicines purchased under CHAI agreements with manufacturers. This includes two out of every three children who are on HIV/AIDS treatment. CHAI's greatest work is as a trusted partner to national governments whose efforts have made tremendous gains in HIV/AIDS services and public health. In addition to programs focused on HIV/AIDS, CHAI has expanded in recent years to assist efforts to fight malaria, lowering the prices and improving access to malaria medicines. CHAI has also worked with a number of governments on improving the underlying systems needed to deliver comprehensive health care.
In 2006, CHAI signed an MOU with the Malawi government to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi's lab system, and scale up an integrated nutrition program for children. Since then, CHAI's support to Malawi has expanded to include Human Resources for Health; Health Financing; Pediatric HIV and TB; Reproductive, Maternal and Neonatal Health; and eHealth.
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Malawi's pediatric treatment coverage at 54% lags behind adult coverage (71%). Malawi has been a pioneer in the PMTCT space as the first country to implement Option B+ and these efforts have been largely successful with the country experiencing a significant decline in new pediatric HIV infections. However, universal pediatric treatment coverage is not possible unless all HIV+ children are identified and linked to treatment.
In late 2014, CHAI Malawi initiated a comprehensive pediatric HIV and TB program with funding from the ELMA Philanthropies. CHAI supported the Ministry of Health to achieve its pediatric HIV coverage targets through operationalizing effective strategies for identifying HIV-exposed and HIV-positive children, initiating them on treatment, and retaining them in care. Additionally, the program aimed at improving case finding and identification of children exposed to and infected with active TB.
Beginning in 2018, the Pediatric HIV program will enter the second Phase. During this time, CHAI will build on lessons learned and evidence generated in the first Phase to support the national scale up of proven testing, linkage, and retention strategies for children and adolescents. The project combines technical and analytical support with hands-on implementation. Strategies include development of tools and job aides to operationalize existing guidelines, review meetings at a district level, coordination of partner resources towards government ownership, and others. CHAI will coordinate all activities planned for the project, working closely with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other stakeholders.
CHAI is seeking an experienced, talented, highly motivated, creative, and flexible individual to contribute quantitative and qualitative analysis and strategic thinking to CHAI's Pediatric HIV program as it enters its second phase and seeks to reach ambitious targets. The Associate will be responsible for production of high quality deliverables and analyses tailored to the audience and designed for impact.
The Pediatric HIV Associate will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 25% travel in-country, and will report directly to the Program Manager, Pediatric HIV.