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Acute Respiratory Infections and pneumopathies are responsible for ~37% of under-5 deaths in Rwanda, for which hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen), is a severe complication that can increase the risk of death by up to 5.4 times. Access to medical oxygen is essential in a health system, not only needed to treat hypoxemia; it is also required to provide safe anesthesia and surgeries and in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including pneumonia, malaria, obstructed labor, birth asphyxia, and covid-19. Availability of oxygen varies significantly and is often complicated by inadequate provider knowledge on the administration of oxygen therapy, scarcity of equipment, and suboptimal distribution. Newborns and young children are especially vulnerable, as at least 20% of neonate admissions and 13% of pediatric pneumonia cases require oxygen therapy.
CHAI is supporting the Government of Rwanda to develop and implement a national strategy to increase access to medical oxygen in public hospitals and help prioritize actions for immediate attention. Some of the priorities identified include improving the access and optimal use of oxygen by leveraging off the available private and public hospital-based plants, sustainable financing for production and distribution of oxygen, equipment maintenance, strengthening providers ‘capacity to manage hypoxemia and data system for clinical data, medical equipment management data, and oxygen distribution system. As a key partner of the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) since 2004, CHAI is supporting the Government to accelerate the implementation of the prioritized activities outlined above, in a scalable and sustainable way.
CHAI is looking for an Associate to work on its Sustainable Health Financing Program and work closely with RBC/Medical Technology and Infrastructure Division (MTID) in the development, implementation and maintenance of a strong monitoring and evaluation system that will support the program to achieve sustainable access to medical oxygen. The initial programmatic areas of support include working with the Ministry of Health to establish, implement quality systems for equipment management and oxygen production and distribution, to meet the optimal national demand; taking into consideration Covid-19 needs and response strategy. The Associate will support collaborative efforts between facilities and the central level and work with the government’s Biomedical Engineer and technicians’ experts to roll out improved M&E systems and processes for the optimal and appropriate use, adequate repair, and maintenance of oxygen equipment at health facilities.
They will also support regular analysis and visualization of data system for clinical, medical equipment management, and oxygen distribution for timely and evidence-based information to decision makers. The Associate for sustainable access to medical oxygen will be based in Kigali, Rwanda with domestic travels, likely 20-30% of their time. They will be reporting to the Program Manager, Sustainable Access to Medical Oxygen.
CHAI seeks a highly motivated action-oriented individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills in order to provide critical analytical and strategic support to the program. The candidate must be self-driven, adaptable and have high level of comfort with fast-paced work and a strong commitment to excellence. They must be self-assured, a fast learner, resilient, and a strong team player. They must be able to function independently and flexibly as well as build strong relationships with Government officials and partners. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.