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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Please pass along to any appropriate candidates. If interested please apply directly as indicated below. Thanks, Liz Elizabeth Bell, MPH STOP Activity Unit
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 30, 2003
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      Please pass along to any appropriate candidates. If interested please
      apply directly as indicated below.


      Elizabeth Bell, MPH
      STOP Activity Unit
      Polio Eradication Branch
      Global Immunization Division
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Brantly, Eugene [mailto:BrantlyEP@...]
      Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 3:52 PM
      Subject: EHP Malaria Position in Eritrea

      Dear Colleague:

      I am recruiting for a senior epidemiologist to work with the national
      malaria control program in Eritrea. The position is available starting
      January 2004, with an initial commitment only through September 2004 but
      strong possibility of extension for up to three years (through September
      2006). I have spoken with many of you about the position previously,
      but we
      are now expanding our search. Please review the following and forward it
      anyone you think might be interested in and qualified for the position,
      to colleagues who could pass it on to others.

      The position is funded by the USAID mission in Eritrea, through the
      Environmental Health Project. We are looking for someone with the

      * PhD or MPH epidemiologist with substantial field experience
      supporting malaria control program(s) in one or more African countries,
      preferably including settings in which malaria is epidemic-prone (low
      * Previous experience working as a resident advisor, with demonstrated
      abilities to establish effective working relationships with government
      counterparts, influence key policy decisions, and support coordination
      effort among MoH donors, MoH departments, and various levels of
      responsible for implementing malaria control interventions.
      * Strong skills in data analysis, policy advocacy, and training.
      * Additional characteristics that will distinguish otherwise qualified
      candidates include experience in HIV/AIDS and other health programs,
      management and GIS skills, and fluency in relevant languages (Arabic,

      As you probably know, the Eritrea malaria control program is widely
      respected for its ability to mobilize interventions and its commitment
      improving the program. Although staffing is thin on the ground, the
      structure is decentralized and zonal managers have effective authority
      run their programs. Recent efforts have focused on building the cadre of
      field staff, establishing a solid evidence base for vector control
      interventions, changing the first-line drug (to CQ plus SP),
      bednet distribution, and improving the reliability of diagnoses at
      health facilities. An active operational research program is yielding
      information on drug resistance, bednet ownership and usage, the
      between epidemic risk and climate factors, and the feasibility of
      use of larvicides. Sentinel sites and laboratory facilities are being
      developed as a platform for tracking drug and insecticide resistance and
      other studies and surveys.

      Looking forward, the program's principal challenges are building staff
      capacity in the zones, promoting the evidence-based application of
      integrated vector control interventions (house spraying, bednets, and
      larvicides) for optimal effectiveness, improving the use of surveillance
      data and epidemic forecasts, establishing sustained monitoring of drug
      resistance to inform drug policy, and integrating malaria interventions
      other health programs. The program receives financial support from
      the World Bank, the Global Fund, Italian Cooperation and UNEP, with
      additional technical support from WHO/AFRO and the US CDC. The first
      five-year RBM program runs from 1999-2004, and is due to be renewed and
      revised in 2004.

      In short, the program is very active and is making more progress than
      in Africa. The Eritreans are good partners, appreciate the value of
      and evidence-based decision-making, and take effective action. The
      programmatic and epidemiological settings provide an interesting and
      satisfying environment for work on low-transmission, epidemic-prone

      Interested applicants should forward a CV, references, and a cover
      indicating date of availability to me at brantlyep@...


      Gene Brantly
      Program Coordinator
      Environmental Health Project

      US tel (703) 247-8723
      US fax (703) 243-9004
      mobile (301) 613-9310
      email brantlyep@...

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