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. For more information, please visit: www.clintonhealthaccess.org.
CHAI will apply the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to achieve the same for essential vaccines. Immunization is widely acknowledged as the most cost-effective and focused disease intervention and yet each year an estimated three million children under the age of five lose their lives to preventable illnesses. A majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries, where poverty and lack of affordability prevent access to life-saving vaccines.
There is an unprecedented wave of new vaccines expected to become available within the next decade that could transform the global burden of disease. However, the cost of deploying these products while maintaining access to current vaccines is expected to exceed USD 4 billion annually by 2015. Given the current difficult financial climate, governments and donors may be unable to meet the escalating cost burden generated by these new products. As a result, the pricing and market conditions of new and existing vaccines will be a critical determinant of coverage levels and, therefore, health impact in the coming years.
Driven by the belief that all children deserve fair equitable access to the latest life-saving vaccines, CHAI has already begun to work with key partners to negotiate price reductions for major vaccines. This work has resulted in a reduction in the price of rotavirus vaccine by two-thirds, resulting in savings of over USD 600 million for global donors and governments over 5 years. Efforts on other antigens are currently underway. By working with key stakeholders, the CHAI Global Vaccine Markets program aims to support the achievement of affordable yet commercially sustainable vaccine prices, thereby increasing value for money and enabling accelerated introduction of new vaccines in developing countries.
Selected news about CHAI work on access in vaccines and other areas:
To support this work, CHAI is looking to hire an Associate, Global Markets - Vaccines. As part of the global Vaccines Markets team, the Associate is expected to support the achievement of affordable yet sustainable global vaccine prices and supply.
The base location for this position is the East Coast of the United States, with potential flexibility for an alternative base country location, pending CHAI leadership approval. This role will require 25-30% international travel time.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical ability, communication skills, and academic credentials. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The responsibilities of the Associate, Global Markets - Vaccines include but are not limited to the following: