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The Task Force for Global Health is an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA. Its eight programs focus on building robust public health systems that serve all people. Program areas include neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, and health systems strengthening. The Task Force for Global Health was recognized for its extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering with the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world's largest award of its kind. The Task Force is ranked among the largest nonprofits in the United States due to in-kind contributions of medicines and vaccines from major pharmaceutical companies valued at billions of dollars annually.
PROGRAM BACKGROUND: The Mectizan Donation Program (MDP) was established following the announcement by Merck & Co., Inc. in 1987 to donate Mectizan® (ivermectin-MSD) for as long as needed to control onchocerciasis (river blindness). The MDP oversees the scientific, programmatic and other technical aspects of the donation, reviewing all requests for the donations of Mectizan. In 1998, the donation was expanded to include prevention of lymphatic filariasis, together with albendazole, donated by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where the two diseases are co-endemic. With the goal of eliminating transmission of these two diseases, MDP also provides technical support to some countries to develop and implement their elimination programs, as well as contributing to partners involved in the assessments needed to determine where and when to stop treatment. Most program activities occur in 30+ sub-Saharan countries, with limited additional activity in Latin America and Yemen. Scientific and strategic oversight of MDP is provided by the Mectizan Expert Committee (MEC) an independent group of diverse experts in relevant fields. Currently around 300 million treatments are approved by the MDP and MEC each year.
The Senior Project Support Specialist will be responsible for the development, update, and maintenance of the Mectizan Donation Program's (MDP’s) database to facilitate critical information analysis, M&E, information sharing, assessment of progress, lessons learnt and gaps in order to improve evidence based decisions related to the use of Mectizan and albendazole for the elimination of onchocerciasis and the monitoring of the supply chain.
Responsible for the monitoring of the supply chain to ensure that the medicines requested by the countries are delivered on a timely manner. Assist with the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Merck and GSK funded projects in collaboration with other interested parties (internal and external) including efficient and effective utilization of financial resources.
Project planning and implementation
NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.
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