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Malawi has over 1M people living with HIV (PLHIV), and currently only 70% of those are on life saving treatment. The country faces the challenging task of identifying, initiating, and retaining 120,000 new people on treatment in the next few years to reach national targets. Identifying and linking the remaining PLHIV is the primary limiting factor to ART scale-up, and currently the largest gap across the treatment cascade. While current testing modalities have been effective at reaching certain populations, they are not reaching all those at risk and will not be sufficient to find the remaining PLHIV. With Support from the Bill and Melinda Gate foundation (BMGF), CHAI will work closely with the Department of HIV and AIDs (DHA) within the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and key partners to strengthen national HIV testing service (HTS) programs to reach ambitious targets for identification of PLHIV and initiation on life-saving treatment. To reach this outcome, CHAI will work with the GoM and partners to drive uptake of effective strategies to find and link PLHIV on treatment, including introduction and scale-up of innovative testing strategies such as HIV self-testing.
CHAI will strengthen planning and implementation of HTS programs, to ensure efforts are aggressively focused on proven strategies that effectively reach high-priority population groups and geographies. CHAI will support MoHP to adopt evidence based targets, develop national plans aligned with these targets and within the resources available, strengthen resource mobilization efforts to enable targeted testing, improve management and coordination of testing and linkage efforts, and continuously monitor and update these plans based on program data and emerging evidence. In addition, CHAI will work with MoHP and partners to support the introduction and strategic deployment of innovative testing modalities, including HIVST.
CHAI is hiring a Program Associate who will support the HTS Senior Associate and the Infectious Diseases Senior Program Manager on this work. The associate will support the MOHP across a range of activities required for this project including data collection, development of optimization and costing analyses, and development of plans and tools to guide national implementation and coordination of efforts.
The Program Associate will report directly to the HTS Senior Associate, and will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with a 30% travel local and international.