Clinton Health Access Initiative Overview:
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.
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health outcomes in Uganda remain below national and global targets despite concerted efforts by policy makers, health managers, service providers, development partners and civil society organizations. While investments in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health have translated into tremendous scale up of essential services for women, children and adolescent girls, indicators remain poor. For instance, while under five mortality reduced by 50% between 2006 and 2016, neonatal mortality increased over the same period of time from 24 per 1,000 live births to 27 per 1,000 live births; far from the national goal of 10 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births by 2020.
Maternal mortality is unacceptably high, with a nationwide maternal mortality ratio of 336 per 100,000 live births, indicating that the risk of a woman in Uganda dying due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is four times the global average and above the national target of 211 per 100,000 live births by 2020. Uganda’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women is 35% and only 20% among married adolescents, contributing to a high teen pregnancy rate.
CHAI will implement an evidence based Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health project to support the Government of Uganda address the challenges above. The 4 year project will focus on ensuring that timely and quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health services are available and accessible to women, adolescents and children. Working at national, district and community level, the program will focus on equipping, and building the capacity of the health system to ably manage, deliver and sustain improvement in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health programming. The project will be implemented in 5 districts.
The Associate will be a focal point responsible for collaboration with the CHAI program team and the Ministry of Health in strengthening assessment, research, and program activities for public health surveillance of community-based maternal and neonatal health and tracking maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths in CHAI program areas.
This position will require approximately 50 – 60% domestic travel.