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Zambia has a high maternal mortality ratio (278 deaths per 100,000 live births), in part due to unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions. About 45% of married women use contraceptives, and an additional 21% have an unmet need for family planning. Total demand for family planning among currently married women increased from 45% in 1992 to 69% in 2018. Yet, the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) among currently married women age 15-49 is 50%, with only 48% using a modern method. Only 9% of married women of reproductive age are using LARC, and 10% of unmarried women of reproductive age are using LARC; married contraceptive users use less effective short-acting methods like injectables and pills.
CHAI Zambia has begun a new grant to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to develop best practices of country-led reproductive health product introduction.
The Senior Program Officer, Sexual and Reproductive Health will lead efforts on this grant to:
Identify and actualize government-led best practice for product introduction:
The goal is to actualize more efficient, effective, routine government led product introduction that can continue without partner support. CHAI will provide direct technical assistance (TA) to the Ministry of Health to improve and establish the full scope of systems and processes required for governments to optimize RH product markets in-country by providing leadership across the full spectrum of product introduction, from informing product development to scale-up. This may require engagement with the private sector where relevant to ensure that public and private systems are leveraged for greater sustainability and efficiency of product introduction.
Test and iterate best practices through introduction and scale-up of reproductive health product(s):
Additionally, introduction and scale-up of a reproductive health product will be used as a test case (hormonal IUS, MA combipack) to set up the processes and to identify opportunities to optimize the management and supply of the entire RH product portfolio. Therefore, CHAI Zambia seeks a highly motivated individual to provide deep technical assistance and coordination support to MOH to support best-practice government led product introduction.
The Senior Program Officer will be based in Lusaka, Zambia, and will report to the Program Manager, SRH.