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.
CHAI has launched a new program to expand access to cancer treatment in Africa. The program will focus on engagement with pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as in-country support to the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Ethiopia. We are building a small team of ambitious, creative individuals to design the strategy and drive the work.
Kenya, with a population of 46 million people, has 41,000 new cancer cases and 28,000 deaths from cancer each year. The state of cancer treatment in Africa today looks similar to that of HIV in the early 2000s. There are effective tools to diagnose and treat cancer, but access is largely limited to wealthy countries. Sub-Saharan Africa’s cancer burden is significant and growing. In 2012, there were an estimated 626,400 new cases of cancer and 447,700 deaths from cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer incidence in Africa is projected to increase by 85% in the next fifteen years. Yet the global market for cancer treatment functions poorly for people with cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in high prices and limited availability. Chemotherapy is not accessible to the vast majority of patients who need it, and more than half of the countries in Africa have no radiotherapy at all. As a result, cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa is 50% more lethal than in more developed countries, with mortality-to-incidence ratio of 0.71 vs. 0.47. CHAI’s goal is to close this gap.
CHAI seeks to transform the global market for cancer treatment and achieve significant gains in treatment access that will demonstrate that investments in this area can yield scalable results. The program will include two core components: 1) global market-shaping with the goal of significantly lowering the cost of cancer treatment and 2) scale-up of access to cancer treatment in Kenya as well as support the national cancer control program to execute on its diagnosis and treatment mandate.
As part of this effort, CHAI recently developed a groundbreaking partnership to expand access to quality, affordable chemotherapies in six countries: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/1734-2/.
CHAI is seeking an exceptional individual to join the cancer team, as an Analyst, based in Nairobi.
The Analyst will among other responsibilities:
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with an ability to think creatively and work effectively in an entrepreneurial environment. The Analyst must be able to function independently and flexibly, solving problems as they arise. This role requires strong relationship management. CHAI places great value on the following qualities: resourcefulness, entrepreneurism, tenacity, independence and work ethic.