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 India since 2004, CHAI has worked on various initiatives with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and has served over 350,000 people in the country, including children, mothers and caregivers.
Vaccination is widely acknowledged as one of the most cost-effective and focused disease interventions. In addition, the unprecedented wave of new vaccines expected over the next decade has the potential to dramatically reduce the global burden of disease.
Vaccines need to be stored in specialized cold chain equipment such as Ice Lined Refrigerators (ILRs) which should maintain a temperature between 2-8 ° Celsius. These vaccines are stored in ILRs at various levels of the supply chain such as the State & Regional Vaccine Store, District Vaccine Store, Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres. To ensure that vaccines are available today and in the future to every child in the state, it is imperative to have sufficient storage capacity today as well as projected capacity at each of these levels (i.e., sufficient number and volume of cold chain equipment).
Although India has made significant progress in the last decade in improving vaccine coverage and introducing new vaccines, many challenges remain. CHAI operates a vaccines program in India to support the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on its Universal Immunization program (UIP) in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The program also provides catalytic support to the National Cold Chain & Vaccines Management Resource Centre (NCCVMRC) which is based out of NIHFW on national projects. NCCVMRC is the secretariat for Immunization Supply Chain of the UIP. Our focus is on supporting the UIP program in improving availability, efficacy of vaccines and efficiency of vaccines systems through strengthening Cold Chain Management and Vaccines Delivery & Logistics. This entails working on various work streams such as Cold Chain Expansion, Network Optimization; Equipment Maintenance and Management, Temperature Monitoring, Stock Management and Vaccine distribution processes and Immunization Supply Chain Policy and Implementation.
The Vaccines program is looking for a volunteer who can work closely with CHAI’s team at NCCVMRC on research projects on the immunization supply chain. The role entails working with an entrepreneurial mind set and self-motivation. A highly qualified, dynamic, energetic person with exceptional people skills and experience of working in challenging environments would make for a strong candidate for this role. Demonstrated application of analytical skills and problem solving in complex environments would be essential. Previous exposure to strategy and / or supply chain projects and / or working on outputs for senior leadership, especially with the government, would help bolster the application.