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 is currently expanding the focus of its HIV/AIDS access work and applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to achieve the same for HIV Self-Screening. By the end of 2017, South Africa had an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV (PLWH), with about 4.2 million of them already initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Nearly 270,000 people in South Africa were newly infected in 2016, with a prevalence rate of approximately about 12.8% among the entire population. The UN set bold new targets, calling on the global community to ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have durable viral suppression. Gaps in knowledge of HIV status are often largest among young people and men. At the same time adolescent girls and young women are at unacceptable high risk of HIV infection. HIV Self Screening (HIVSS) plays an important role in accelerating progress in closing this testing gap through increased coverage and scale-up that can reach individuals with undiagnosed HIV and at high ongoing HIV risk.
In South Africa, CHAI is supporting the Department of Health in HIV programmes. The Associate will assist CHAI with the execution of HIV Self-Screening strategy development and implementation across the country. CHAI is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented individual with strong quantitative and analytical skills. Candidates must have excellent communication and writing skills, be able to function independently, be extremely self-motivated and have a strong commitment to excellence. The Associate will provide support both strategically and analytically.
The Associate will be based in Pretoria and will report to the HIV Self-Screening Programme Manager.