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 is currently expanding the focus of its HIV/AIDS access work and applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to achieve the same for HIV Self-Screening. By the end of 2017, South Africa had an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV (PLWH), with about 4.2 million of them already initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Nearly 270 000 people in South Africa were newly infected in 2016, with a prevalence rate of approximately about 12.8% among the entire population. Gaps in knowledge of HIV status are often largest among young people and men. At the same time adolescent girls and young women are at unacceptable high risk of HIV infection. HIV Self Screening (HIVSS) plays an important role in accelerating progress in closing this testing gap through increased coverage and scale-up that can reach individuals with undiagnosed HIV and at high ongoing HIV risk.
CHAI is also supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) at the national and provincial level in strengthening the health system to support policy implementation and scaling up of HIV/TB services across the country. Some of these key areas of technical support include, costing, resource optimization, resource mapping, planning, and financial management, and overall the system strengthening for health financing.
The Associate will be based in Pretoria, South Africa with possible national travel, and will report to the Programme Manager for HIV Self-Screening Team.