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
Immunization is widely acknowledged as the most cost-effective and focused disease intervention and yet each year an estimated three million children under the age of five lose their lives to preventable illnesses. A majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries, where poverty and lack of affordability prevent access to life-saving vaccines. There is an unprecedented wave of new vaccines expected to become available within the next decade that could transform the global burden of disease. CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to achieve the same for essential vaccines and vaccine cold chain equipment.
In order to retain their potency, vaccines must be stored and transported under the right temperature conditions from the time vaccines enter the country to the time they are administered to women and children. This necessitates the deployment and maintenance of a well-functioning refrigerated supply chain or “cold chain.” Efforts to rehabilitate and expand the cold chain and supporting services are currently underway with particular focus on operationalizing a $250M cold chain optimization project led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. By working with key stakeholders, the CHAI Global Vaccine Markets team aims to support the achievement of affordable yet commercially sustainable prices for optimal cold chain equipment and services. This would increase value for money from investments by countries and donors, thereby enabling countries to procure and deploy cold chain equipment needed to support accelerated introduction and delivery of new and existing vaccines.
Selected news and publications about CHAI's work on improving access to vaccines:
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical and analytical ability, communication skills, academic credentials, and professional experience. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The Analyst’s role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities focused on the team’s key objectives:
Objective 1: Introduce next-generation cold chain technologies that improve performance monitoring and vaccines safety
Objective 2: Implement improved system for field monitoring of equipment performance