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/WJCF works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer, and immunization. Additionally, CHAI is also supporting the Government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) on large-scale programs to arrest childhood and maternal mortality due to malnutrition, anaemia, diarrhoea, and pneumonia, and helping increase access to quality Family Planning services.
About the project
In India, the lack of infrastructure at the community level coupled with the nonavailability of qualified radiologists to interpret X-ray’s leads to a significant delay in screening and diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB). Chest X-ray (CXR) is a rapid imaging tool that allows for easy identification of lung abnormalities. CXR is an essential tool for early detection of tuberculosis (TB), and therefore fundamental instrumental in the fight to eliminate TB. Currently, only 11% of public health facilities in the country have X-ray machines available at Community Health Centres (CHCs) or district hospitals consequentially delaying the diagnosis of TB or adding to the out-of-pocket expenditure required by patients if done outside the public health facilities.
To address these delays at the community level, WJCF, with support from The Global Fund, aims to address the gap by introducing and operationalising hand-held X-ray machines integrated with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) software. Deployment of a high-sensitive screening tool (X-ray) along with high throughput interpretation (CAD) and subsequent linkage to CBNAAT for diagnostics would reduce delays in diagnostics and pre-treatment loss to follow-up (LTFU). In addition, would be of significant use of active case finding in various settings. The project will be implemented in urban and rural districts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttarakhand, and Haryana
The project aims to generate local evidence and demonstrate various use cases for portable X-ray + CAD to improve TB case finding and reduce diagnostic delays. With an objective that the local evidence would lead to greater buy-in at the state level, facilitate the effective transition of project activities to the government and support future scale-up using domestic budgets.
CHAI is looking for a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials for the role of State Lead for New Initiative (SLNI). Successful candidate will have excellent problem solving, communications, Government stakeholder management and project management skills. They be able to function independently and flexibly, be self-motivated, have the ability to thrive in challenging environments. They must be able to take programmatic decisions and have a strong commitment to excellence.
Reporting to the Technical Lead and working closely with other SR & Government Stakeholders, the SLNI is expected to lead and manage execution the C19RM project at the State.
We place great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, teamwork, interpersonal skills, responsibility, tenacity, energy, and work ethic. Overall, SLNI would be expected to support in - planning, Implementing, analysing, coordinating, reviewing and documentation of various interventions that have been undertaken under the project.