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
Sub-Saharan Africa’s cancer burden is significant and growing. Similar to other low-middle income countries, cancer in Ghana is characterized by late presentation, low access to treatment, and poor treatment outcomes. As a result, cancer in Africa, for example, is more than twice as lethal as in the US. This disparity in mortality is unacceptable, and it is particularly pronounced in pediatric malignancies: while long-term survival rates in the US approach 80%, over 70% of children with pediatric cancers in Africa die.
Delays in access to cancer treatment for patients of all ages result in 80-90% of cases that are in an advanced stage at the time of arrival to treatment. Fewer than 5% of patients, who need chemotherapy or other forms of treatment including endocrine or supportive therapies, receive it. In many LMICs, the small and unpredictable procurement volumes currently observed are not attractive to manufacturers, who find most of their market in wealthy countries. This results in high prices, shipment delays, and a limited response to tenders, forcing countries to procure from lower quality suppliers and resulting in frequent stock outs of essential medicines.
In 2017, CHAI formed Chemotherapy Access Partnerships (CAP) with Pfizer Inc. and Cipla Inc. to expand access to 16 essential chemotherapies that are used to treat breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, and Kaposi sarcoma. The agreements enable sub-Saharan African countries including Ghana, to realize savings of over 50%, while simultaneously switching to high-quality products. This market shaping work, will be complemented by in-country health system strengthening.
CHAI is looking for an Analyst based in Accra, Ghana to support the ongoing work to improve access to cancer treatment for all affected populations, children, and adults alike. The Analyst will work with the Senior Program Associate to support the Government through the Non-Communicable Disease Unit at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) to strengthen overall cancer treatment systems. This will include a focus on national policy and coordination, in-country supply planning and execution, hospital capacity building that is focused on quality of care, as well as patient education. Patient tracking, and retention will also be employed to address loss to follow-up on the pediatric cancer access program. This person will provide day-to-day support for the implementation of activities on the workplan and ensure alignment with grant deliverables are met. They will be expected to rapidly learn key technical content and understand the technical resources available to the program, and then serve as an internal resource for support in reaching the program’s goals.
The candidate must have demonstrated communication, and analytical skills; be able to problem solve; and be able to prepare program analysis and reports. The candidate must have a strong commitment to excellence, be results-driven, solution-oriented, and get things done. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and strong work ethic.
The Analyst will work closely with key stakeholders in Ghana to improve the availability of high-quality pediatric medications for cancer and to strengthen treatment institutions aligned with their needs. The Analyst will report to the Cancer Program Associate/Program lead Ghana.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with an ability to think creatively and work effectively in an entrepreneurial environment. This role requires strong relationship management. CHAI places great value on the following qualities: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, tenacity, independence and work ethic.