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
Each year, an estimated 112,000 children in Uganda will have hypoxemia or low levels of oxygen in the blood. Without appropriate treatment, it is estimated that up to 30,000 of these children will die. Hypoxemia is a life-threatening condition, correlated with disease severity, and increases the risk of death by up to 5.4 times.
Access to oxygen is essential in a health system, and oxygen therapy is required across a wide range of conditions, including pneumonia, sepsis, malaria, obstructed labor, and birth asphyxia. Availability of oxygen varies significantly, and is often complicated by inadequate provider knowledge on administration of oxygen therapy, scarcity of equipment, and where available, it is often non-functional. Newborns and young children are especially vulnerable; ~20% of neonate admissions and ~13% of pediatric pneumonia cases require oxygen therapy.
CHAI supported the government of Uganda to develop the oxygen scale up plan and helped prioritize actions for immediate attention. Some of the priorities identified include strengthening providers’ capacity to manage hypoxemia, ensuring continued functionality of the oxygen equipment though proper repair and maintenance; improving the distribution of oxygen leveraging off the newly constructed plants and sustainable financing for distribution. With funding from ELMA and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; CHAI will support the government accelerate implementation of the prioritized activities outlined above; in a scalable and sustainable way.
Under the supervision of the Senior Coordinators, the District Coordinator will be responsible for sub national implementation of CHAI program activities under the expanding access to diagnosis and treatment of Hypoxemia program. The District Coordinator will work with the team at head office to coordinate the design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of an evidence-based training and mentorship program for health care workers at district and regional level. In addition, the Coordinator will provide support to follow up on oxygen distribution activities in close collaboration with the Senior Associate.
CHAI is seeking a motivated and mission oriented individual with strong analytic, problem-solving and cross-cultural communication skills. They should have a good record of accomplishment of project delivery in a results focused environment and first-hand experience in building sustainable financing and supply chain systems.
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Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor