The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.orgcludes supporting the development of the next national immunization strategy and development of a well‐informed and coordinated new vaccine introduction planning. The subnational work includes generating critical evidence from the ground for policy level decision‐making on outreaches.
Overview of the CHAI vaccines work in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
The immunization program in PNG faces significant challenges such as low and declining national immunization coverage. Coverage varies widely by province and district, with geographically harder-to-reach and more insecure locations consistently achieving lower coverage. National Penta3 coverage, for example, decreased from 70% in 2010 to 50% in 2017. Because of the low and declining coverage, the country has experienced vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, including recent outbreaks of polio (2018), pertussis (2018), and measles (2017). Furthermore, PNG has not adopted new vaccines such as Rota and HPV. With its impending Gavi transition, there is an urgency to address a number of challenges that exist.
In 2017, CHAI launched its vaccines program to support the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) within the PNG Department of Health (DOH). CHAI aims to provide support to increase immunization coverage and equity, and ensure the government is well positioned to successfully transition from Gavi support. CHAI’s approach in PNG comprise complementary work at both national and provincial level. At the national level, CHAI supports the development of guidelines, policies, and overall national strategy, advocating for strategic use of domestic and donor funds to promote improved coverage and equity. At provincial level, CHAI will provide deep support in two focus provinces (Morobe and Central) to strengthen provincial budgeting and financing for immunization, as well as improving the design and implementation of outreaches to reach the unreached and attain high coverage.
Overview of the Vaccines Program Manager role
Reporting to the Country Manager, the Program Manager (PM) will lead efforts to deliver the ambitious objectives of the vaccine program. S/he will provide both strategic and technical direction for the program, overseeing its development and assuming responsibility for high quality delivery. The PM will maintain the relationship and communication with the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Unit within DOH, along with relevant Program Officers (POs). In coordination with the Country Manager, the PM will also work closely with relevant CHAI’s Global Vaccine team, other CHAI Country PMs, other international partners, and other national stakeholders.