In Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence in the world, a consortium of multi-disciplinary stakeholders, led by the Government of Swaziland, is managing an initiative called, MaxART – Maximizing ART for Better Health and Zero New HIV Infections. MaxART includes a unique package of interventions aimed at ensuring that all individuals who need it have access to high quality HIV testing, treatment, and lifelong care.
With these strong systems and improved understanding of the realities and needs on the ground, the Government of Swaziland – in collaboration with the MaxART Consortium – is also embarking on a 3-year Immediate Access to ART Implementation Study to understand the feasibility, acceptability, outcomes, affordability, and scalability of offering treatment for people living with HIV irrespective of CD4 within its national health system. There is now considerable evidence from clinical trials that Immediate Access to ART (also known as “HIV treatment as prevention”) could both improve the health of people living with HIV and dramatically reduce the rates of new HIV infection. But evidence is needed to assess what is required to implement this approach in a “real world” setting – and Swaziland is ready to lead the way.
Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business-oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved market organization, management support, and strategic use of data to inform evidence-based, cost-effective policies and programs. By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large-scale impact.
In Swaziland, CHAI has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders to develop sustainable strategies to address Swaziland’s public health priority areas since 2007. Current work includes increasing access to high-quality and affordable medicines, malaria elimination, sustainable health financing and the MaxART project, that builds on this close collaboration with the government.
The MaxART Data Manager will work closely with the Senior Research Manager to support the implementation of this Treatment as Prevention Implementation Study. The Data Manager will have overall responsibility for ensuring high quality data is collected, analyzed, and stored appropriately for the study. Specific responsibilities include:
The MaxART Data Manager will report to the Clinton Health Access Initiative Senior Research Manager in Swaziland and will work closely with the entire MaxART Consortium and Research Team, especially SACEMA.
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