Posted on :
30 Aug, 2018
30 Aug, 2018
The function will support the ministry of Health in Ghana to respond to the challenges of Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.
Job Title: NPO HIV /AIDS, TB & Hepatitis
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity:
The World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region is the hardest hit where about 74% of the estimated 1.2 million TB patients co-infected with HIV occurred in 2014. For many years, efforts to tackle TB and HIV have been largely independent of each other, despite their overlapping epidemiology. The risk of progression from latent to active TB is increased by infection with HIV. Likewise, TB is the most important opportunistic disease that increases progression to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the number one killer in HIV-positive individuals. Thus effective TB control can contribute to better HIV/AIDS control by reducing the TB burden in people with HIV as well as providing an entry point to HIV prevention and care for people with TB.
The HIV prevalence in the general population in Ghana was 1.47% in 2014 which was an indication of a downward trend over a fifteen-year period from 2.3% in 2000. New HIV infections in Ghana have recorded an alarming 70.15% increase in just one year.
The figure increased from 12,000 new infections in 2015 to 20,148 in 2016. The increase in new infections is a matter of concern because Ghana recorded significant gains in the key target areas of ending HIV/ AIDS for five years.
The world health organization estimates that over 2 billion people have been exposed to hepatitis B virus and approximately 350 million people are chronically infected with HBV. In Ghana HBV prevalence is estimated at more than 10% among blood donors, increasing in the rural populations.
Chronic HBV infection is the risk factor for the development of HCC. The progression of chronicity and the associated pathogenesis directly correlate with active viral replication demonstrable by serological markers.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Essential: First degree in Medicine or Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology or other related
Desirable: Post graduate training of Masters’ Degree in public health or epidemiology. Specialized training in communicable diseases.
Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of French or another WHO official language would be an asset.
Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in all MS Office applications, spreadsheets and data analysis. Proficienc