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.
Despite substantial improvements in child health in Uganda since 1990, the country’s under-five mortality rate is still high at 90 per 1000 live births in 2011. 60% of preventable deaths among children in Uganda are caused by malaria (25%), pneumonia (19%), or diarrhoea (17%). An estimated 85,000 children die annually from these diseases due to lack of timely access to appropriate, lifesaving treatment.
The Uganda Reproductive Maternal, New-born and Child Health Sharpened Plan 2013 and investment case reflects Government of Uganda renewed commitment to end maternal and child deaths. In an attempt to improve access to essential medicines and services, Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) for the treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea through use of village health teams was adopted as a national strategy in 2010.
Government of Uganda distributes lifesaving commodities free of charge through the public health system, yet frequent stock-outs of essential and life-saving medicines and commodities have been a critical factor hampering child health services. Over the years, however, absolute funding for medicines has increased and efforts have been put on training of health care workers at all levels of care, support to National Medical Stores (NMS) and Joint Medical Store (JMS) to improve their business processes, management information systems and enterprise resource plans and expansion of storage capacity.
Tools for promoting rational use of medicines like the Essential Medicines List and the Uganda clinical guidelines have been updated and are available in more than 90% of facilities. Efforts need to be redoubled to support harmonization of procurement and management systems, coordination and rationalization of their use, and strengthening NMS. Working with the private sector to overcome barriers such as high costs, proper formulation and packaging of these commodities is also critical.
The Senior Associate will work closely with the CHAI Integrated Child Health (ICH) team to provide technical assistance to CHAI’s partners, notably the NMS, JMS and the Ministry of Health (MOH). The jobholder will provide analytic support to the ICH programs in both public and private work streams, combined with programmatic effort to the public sector work stream.
The Senior Associate will report to the ICH Associate Director and will work closely with the MOH, JMS and NMS to identify and address key bottlenecks to assuring availability of essential medicines and commodities for the effective diagnosis and management of leading childhood illnesses at service delivery levels.
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