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
Every year over 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in the developing world. Unintended pregnancies also contribute significantly to maternal mortality. In developing countries, 214 million women and girls have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. CHAI takes an integrated Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) approach to addressing these challenges, beginning with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country’s legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births.
CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build the capabilities of ministries of health to deliver robust, integrated reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.
Underlying CHAI’s approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation, supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of a country’s SRMNH program.
Malawi ranks within the top 25 countries with the highest Maternal Mortality Ratio in the world. This is despite reductions over the past 15 years in the MMR from 1,120 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 439 maternal deaths per 100,000 in the 2015-16. Further only 43% of women in Malawi use a modern method of contraception although awareness of most contraceptive methods is high. Nineteen-percent of women have an unmet need for contraception.
CHAI Malawi has begun a new sexual and reproductive health program, working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) Department of Reproductive Health. The program aims to increase access to a broad contraceptive method-mix, through accelerating the introduction, uptake and scale up of two contraceptive commodities being newly introduced in Malawi. CHAI Malawi therefore seeks a motivated individual to initiate and lead the program, build and sustain partnerships, and provide ongoing technical assistance and coordination support to MOH to ensure successful introduction of these products.
The Program Manager will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 25% travel in-country, and will report to the Senior Program Manager, Health Systems Strengthening.