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
In India, CHAI’s programs span a broad spectrum of focus areas, including HIV paediatric care and treatment, health system strengthening and access to essential medicines.
In India since 2004, CHAI has worked on various initiatives with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and has served over 350,000 people in the country, including children, mothers and caregivers. We are also currently engaged with the state governments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat in implementing an ambitious campaign around Essential Medicines to arrest diarrhoea and pneumonia mortality in these states. CHAI has recently started a new Vaccines program to support the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to strengthen the immunization cold chain and supply chain systems in the country, in addition to carrying out with focused strategic interventions in MP, UP & Bihar to improve availability and quality of vaccines.
India accounts for a significant share of global HCV infections (~185mn) due to a large population. Prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is estimated to be around 0.5%–1%. At 0.5% prevalence, India harbours about 6 million individuals infected with chronic HCV, with >25% concentrated in high risk populations & few geographies.
In July 2018, the National government launched the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program under the National Health Mission, making access to free public treatment accessible to patients infected with the diseases. It aims to treat minimum of 3 lakh hepatitis C cases over a period of three years for eliminating the disease by 2030.
The HCV team works towards addressing barriers to access and foster a healthy competitive marketplace for essential diagnostic testing and treatment for HCV. The team works closely with Ministry of Health at the National and State level, diagnostics manufacturers, and other multilateral organizations to increase access to testing and treatment, accelerate entry and uptake of new innovative products for HCV testing and treatment, and lower prices.
The HCV team has been providing strategic and operational support to the government of Punjab’s public health program for Hepatitis-C since 2016. It has supported the program in developing costed strategic and operational plans, monitoring and evaluation tools to monitor and measure program performance, and designed active screening strategies through identification of high-risk geographies and populations. The HCV programme has also been working at the national level with National AIDS control organization (NACO) to develop their strategic and operational plans for management of Hepatitis-C among the HIV patient population.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills to support CHAI India in its HCV program. The candidate must be self-driven, entrepreneurial, adaptable and have a high level of comfort with ambiguity. The candidate must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.