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.org
CHAI, in partnership with its India affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF), works in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently CHAI works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer, sexual and reproductive health and immunisation. Additionally, CHAI is supporting the government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) on large-scale programs to arrest childhood and maternal mortality due pneumonia, malnutrition, anaemia, and diarrhoea.
Since 2016, WJCF/CHAI has been supporting the state of Madhya Pradesh for developing and executing ambitious new efforts to reduce chronic malnutrition in India. The program’s focus has been on:
WJCF/CHAI has been supporting the implementation of this strategy in Madhya Pradesh and expect to serve as a catalyst to inform similar scale-up efforts in other high-burden states. One such state is Punjab, where WJCF/CHAI is planning to support the government in addressing high burden of anaemia among different age groups.
As per NFHS-4 (2015-16), 56.6% of children (age 6 to 59 months) and 53.5% of women (age 15 to 49 years) in Punjab are anaemic1. Further, only 42.6% of mothers consumed Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplements for 100 days or more when they were pregnant1. A study conducted in 2014-15 in Amritsar covering 111 pregnant women revealed that several reasons, such as fear, side effects, taste, forgetfulness, among others, inhibited these women in consuming the prescribed dosage of IFA during their pregnancy2. Further, with the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult for the government to provide and ensure adherence of IFA consumption for the beneficiaries. This has been particularly challenging for the school-going children due to closure of schools, which earlier acted as the platform for Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS).
With the objective of supporting the Government of Punjab (GoP) in addressing anaemia among different age groups, WJCF/CHAI plans to leverage its work in Madhya Pradesh and contextualize its learnings to help GoP in design, implementation, and monitoring of key anaemia control strategies in the state. To this end, WJCF/CHAI is looking for a Consultant who can quickly understand/ scope-out the state context and work closely with the government officials to design and monitor implementation of comprehensive anaemia control interventions. WJCF/CHAI seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual with strong analytical skills, problem-solving ability, and communication skills. The successful candidate will have prior experience of working with government stakeholders and an ability to function independently or with remotely located team members in dynamic and often uncertain situations with a strong commitment to excellence. WJCF/CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.
 National Family Health Survey – 4 (2015-16): State Fact Sheet – Punjab
 Singh G, Lal M, Singh S. Utilization of iron folic acid tablets among pregnant women in rural Punjab: an interventional study. Int J Community Med Public Health 2020;7:1307-12