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.
CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
Overview of Role:
Vector control interventions (e.g. bed nets and indoor residual spraying) reduce human contact with disease-carrying mosquitoes and are responsible for dramatic reductions in malaria burden across Africa. However, growing mosquito resistance to insecticides and inefficient distribution of commodities threaten effectiveness of, and access to, these critical tools. Vector control programs can consume up to 70% of a malaria program’s budget. Thus, ensuring that these interventions are appropriately designed, targeted, and monitored is becoming increasingly important against a backdrop of rising commodity costs and declining financial resources.
Alongside in-country teams, CHAI’s malaria vector control technical team aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of vector control interventions in malaria endemic settings. Building on existing relationships in Uganda, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which together amounted to over half of the world’s estimated malaria cases in 2016 (WMR 2017), CHAI is looking to conduct a holistic assessment of the vector control landscape and capacity in these three countries. CHAI is seeking a short-term volunteer who can conduct such an assessment, which would include consideration of the many facets pertaining to effective access and deployment of vector control, including commodity management, operations and logistics, financial management, data use, and entomological capacity. This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda and will be for a period of six months.
The volunteer will conduct a vector control landscaping and capacity assessment, identifying barriers to efficient and effective deployment of vector control interventions across the three focus countries. The volunteer would produce:
Deliverables will be shared with government malaria programs to highlight challenges and opportunities in malaria vector control programming.