Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Company Detail

Summary

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

CHAI was founded in 2002 with a transformational goal: help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, along with HIV, we work with partners to prevent and treat malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and cancer, accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal, infant and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and strengthen health systems. We operate in over 30 countries around the world and more than 80 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated deals on medications, diagnostics, vaccines, and other health tools.

Focus Areas

  • Infectious diseases
  • Women, newborn and children’s health
  • Universal health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Cross-cutting experts

Location

CHAI has offices in:

  • Boston – USA
  • Panama City – Panama
  • Abuja – Nigeria
  • Dakar – Senegal
  • Kinshasa – DRC
  • Monrovia – Liberia
  • Freetown – Sierra Leone
  • Yaounde – Cameroon
  • Addis Ababa – Ethiopia
  • Nairobi – Kenya
  • Kigali – Rwanda
  • Dodoma – Tanzania
  • Kampala – Uganda
  • Lilongwe – Malawi
  • Maputo – Mozambique
  • Lusaka – Zambia
  • Windhoek – Namibia
  • Pretoria – South Africa
  • Maseru – Lesotho
  • Harare – Zimbabwe
  • Mbabane – Eswatini
  • New Delhi – India
  • Hanoi – Vietnam
  • Vientiane – Laos
  • Jakarta – Indonesia
  • Phnom Penh – Cambodia
  • Yangon – Myanmar

CHAI Projects

Public-private partnership toward malaria elimination in Escuintla, Guatemala

In 2018, Guatemala reported 3,084 malaria cases. Half of these cases (1,555) were reported by the department of Escuintla, a region characterized by its large number of sugarcane plantations. In Escuintla, sugarcane production is largely managed by 11 companies grouped under the umbrella association, Asociación de Azucareros de Guatemala (ASAZGUA). Because of its commitment to corporate social responsibility and its geographical location in Escuintla, ASAZGUA may be uniquely positioned to be a leader in the path towards malaria elimination in Guatemala.

In 2015, as part of CHAI´s strategy to involve the corporate sector of Escuintla in malaria elimination efforts. Since then, CHAI and ASAZGUA have built a strong relationship which has translated into a series of efforts aimed at preventing and controlling malaria and improving knowledge about risk factors in their areas of influence. Read more results here, including the increased detection rates of malaria in the high endemic areas of Escuintla.

Village health workers improve vitamin A coverage in Zimbabwe

About 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient and up to half a million of these children become blind every year, of which about 50 percent die within 12 months of losing sight. Infants and children need vitamin A to promote rapid growth, to prevent infections, and to improve prognosis for common childhood illnesses like diarrhea and measles. To help address vitamin A deficiencies, CHAI partnered with the governments of Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom to run a pilot project in which village health workers (VHWs) in Zimbabwe administered vitamin A supplements in their communities.

The study showed that village health workers (VHWs) represent a feasible and promising way to improve Vitamin A coverage, as the findings showed a high level of confidence in VHWsability to administer supplements. Following the presentation of results from the first phase of the evaluation in July 2017, a decision was made to adopt this as a national strategy in Zimbabwe. Scale-up is on-going. See more results here.

Work Perks  

  • Full-time US based employees:
    • Health coverage
    • Employee assistance programs
    • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance
    • Supplemental insurance options
    • Emergency medical and evacuation assistance
    • Annual home leave for expats
  • Full-time nationals
    • Benefits vary by country and are based on the labor laws of that country. In countries where CHAI offers private healthcare schemes, the premiums for these benefits are covered for both the employee and their eligible family members.
  • Full-time international staff
    • Health coverage
    • Employee assistance programs
    • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance
    • Emergency medical and evacuation assistance
    • Annual home leave for expats

Meet Some Team Members

Name: Chipo Chimhundu

Role: Associate, TB

Summary of Profile: Chipo holds an MSc (Med) in Biomedical Engineering. She started her career in academia and then transitioned into the private healthcare sector. She now engages with the public sector as a TB Associate with CHAI in Zimbabwe. Chipo has strong interests in healthcare technology management, and has substantial research and development experience. She has contributed several publications to the body of knowledge discussing healthcare collaboration analysis using network theory as well as image processing (3D modelling, and stereophotogrammetric measurement). Additionally, she has contributed to the authorship of “Biomedical Engineering for Africa”- a book discussing the need for biomedical engineering capacity in Africa. Chipo is very passionate about contextual healthcare innovations for Africa, and is excited to learn and extend her skills through CHAI to shape policy development, supply chain management and business development. Outside of work, Chipo is musical and appreciates all things Art.

What Chipo enjoys most about working at CHAI: CHAI culture is uniquely refreshing and truly revolves around values and mission. Having come from a strong technical background, I was intrigued by how relevant my biomedical engineering background was to public health, policy guidance, strategy and planning. I joined CHAI because I immediately recognized the diversity, breadth, scope and more importantly, the tangible impact of the work done by the organization. I especially appreciate how everything we do is designed to preserve life and it is an honor to be part of CHAI’s mission in Zimbabwe.”

Name: Nitin Kothari

Role: Senior Associate, Vaccines

Summary of Profile: Nitin is a public health professional with more than 9 years professional work experience across the public and private sectors involving various supply chain functions. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, preceded by a Bachelor of Pharmacy. Currently, as a Manager- Supply Chain at CHAI, Nitin leads the design, planning, and implementation of the Immunization Program & Supply Chain strategy at CHAI in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. Before CHAI, he previously worked with JSI and FHI 360. 

What Nitin enjoys most about working at CHAI: As part of the Immunization program team in India I work closely with State Health Mission to support data driven cold chain strengthening efforts. The entrepreneurial culture of CHAI motivated me to join the organization and over the last few years I have realized that CHAI values are the strength of the organization and are the key to substantial impacts we could make through our program.

Name: Keith Mapfumo

Role: Associate, Talent Acquisition

Summary of Profile: Keith Mapfumo is a Talent Acquisition Associate based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Keith is responsible for helping maintain team efficiency by contributing to special projects related to outreach strategy, systems building, and streamlining of recruitment processes.  Prior to CHAI, Keith was a Resourcing Specialist for five years with Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe. He holds his BSc in Human Resources Management (Honours) from Midlands State University.

What he enjoys most about working at CHAI: The rich diverse work environment that is collaborative and challenging, with flexi-working hours that allow for a life-work balance; thus attaining the best for both the employer and employees. The culture that is centered around the goal of saving lives of people living in low to medium income countries, and being part of a collective system that works to deliver this goal has brought fulfillment to my career.

Name: Graziella Scudu

Role: Program Manager, Guatemala

Summary of Profile: Graziella has a BSc in International and Diplomatic Sciences, and a Master degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna. Additionally, she earned a diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University. Graziella has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cameroon and Nicaragua. After graduating with a thesis on the Haitian migration to the Dominican Republic, she started to work in developing coordinating programs to support migrant access to services. She has experience in developing and coordinating programs in a wide range of topics such as migrants’ rights, education, health, gender, rural development, disaster risk reduction, and water and sanitation. She is currently the Program Manager for Guatemala where she oversees CHAI’s malaria program implementation, and providing support to the Ministry of Health in eliminating malaria.

What Graziella enjoys most about working at CHAI: I joined CHAI because I identified with its mission of saving lives in low-and middle-income countries. I work closely with the National Malaria Program in Guatemala, supporting their efforts to eliminate malaria. Having witnessed the great impact that a government health system can achieve thanks to CHAI’s model of support, makes me stay inspired and motivated.

Top Values

  • Urgency
  • Cooperation with our Partners
  • Mission-driven
  • Frugal
  • Humility
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Transparency
  • Diversity
  • Staff are our greatest asset

How to get involved with CHAI

How often does CHAI hire people?

Frequently.

And volunteers?

CHAI frequently offers dynamic and rewarding opportunities for individuals to work with the organization in order to achieve short term deliverables. On average, volunteer positions with CHAI are 3 to 6 months in length. CHAI strives to make these opportunities cost-neutral for the candidate by covering flights, housing, and a living stipend.

Top Things CHAI Looks For in Candidates

CHAI looks for people who have a:

  • Good relationship management abilities
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office – particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Ability to work independently, and often in unstructured/ambiguous situations.
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong sense of cultural sensitivity

Advice for Candidates

  • When available, a volunteer position, although short, is a great way to start your career journey at CHAI. Many volunteers move on into full time, long term positions.
  • Hiring teams seek transferrable skills. If you are selected to proceed in a recruitment, make sure you leverage your existing skills to the position you have applied to.
  • Be very familiar with CHAI’s work, and ensure your interests are aligned with our mission, and values.

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