The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org.
In India since 2004, CHAI has worked with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) & State Aids Control Society (SACS) on various HIV-related initiatives & with the Central Tuberculosis Division (CTD) on TB related initiatives. Since October 2012, CHAI has been leading an ‘Essential Medicines’ (EM) program aimed at arresting diarrhoea and pneumonia related mortality in Madhya Pradesh, and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. This effort is anchored in demand generation and capacity building activities with emphasis on innovative and easily scalable interventions targeted at the public and private sector. CHAI has now expanded its support to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in improving immunization outcomes with a focus on improving Vaccine Delivery Systems.
Vaccination is widely acknowledged as one of the most cost-effective and focused disease interventions. In addition, the number 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 ILRs (Ice Lined Refrigerators) 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 and is the secretariat for Immunization Supply Chain of the UIP. Our focus is on supporting UIP 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.
CHAI seeks a highly qualified, dynamic person with exceptional people skills and demonstrated ability to succeed in fast-paced work environments. This role supports the Cold Chain Planning work stream. ‘Cold Chain Planning’ involves collaborating with the government to develop and implement a multi-year plan for sufficient and appropriate cold chain capacity. ‘Cold Chain Optimization’ goes a step beyond Cold Chain Planning to ensure that the network of Cold Chain points is optimized so vaccines reach the last mile safely, timely and efficiently.