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Job description – Project Assistant INHALE Project Ludhiana City Punjab

Job Description for Project Assistant (Inhale Project, Ludhiana City, Punjab):

  • Project Assistant (PA) will act as an important link between the field (ASHA, ANM) and Project Manager (PM).
  • PA, in coordination with the govt. will implement the designed training plan for ASHAs and other health functionaries, and will ensure that the training plan is adhered to, and will keep the PM updated upon diversions if any.
  • PA will ensure that all the communications from the state govt. to Ludhiana Urban are in place and authorities are duly informed.
  • PA will ensure that all the health functionaries are present for the training; and that all the requirements for conducting the training are met in advance.
  • PA will ensure that a log of all the trainings are maintained; training is a success; and all the field health functionaries are equipped with all the necessary material (IEC+Equipments) for field work.
  • PA will report to the PM about appropriate drugs, equipment, questionnaires, formats etc. being made available in the health institutes across Ludhiana Urban.
  • PA will ensure proper and time to time communication with PM about all the field activities.
  • PA will provide ‘Supportive Supervision’ to the ASHAs and other field functionaries; collect data from them and report it through the MIS.
  • Will liaise with the local govt. and government designated master trainers for the trainings and conducting on-ground trainings of ASHAs in batches.
  • Grass root implementation – Awareness drives, patient community mobilization and guidance, patient follow-ups (ensuring patients referred by ASHAs reach to PHCs, CHCs or DHs for treatment and complete course of treatment)
  • Monitor and Supervise ASHAs and ANMs for all their activities.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Project Manager for the trainings and other activities.
  • DAILY telephonic follow up of the ASHA workers as per a pre-planned schedule
  • Field visits to ensure good quality data collection
  • Data entry of the data collected from the ASHA workers

Location: Ludhiana City (Urban)

Minimum qualification required: Science graduates (Locals are encouraged to apply and would be given preference)

Languages: English, Hindi and Punjabi must for applicants.

Other requirements: Mandatory to have two wheeler with valid license and helmet.

About the project:

Although chronic respiratory diseases represent a substantial health care burden in India, there are large data gaps and dearth of research on Asthma and COPD in India. Robust information on the estimates of knowledge about the disease in the community, the attitude, practice and treatment pattern of the disease, prevalence, and economic impact of respiratory diseases; as well as, information about barriers/facilitators to seeking care (e.g., access, availability, affordability, and quality) is not available, and this would inform policy advocacy and government action to avert deaths due to respiratory diseases including COPD.

The community is also not aware about COPD as a disease affecting the lungs, even though they are living in a high risk environment and are exposed to dust, fumes, noxious gases on a daily basis. Thus it becomes imperative, that the community is made aware of these aspects. COPD is a silent disease; hence, to identify the cases at an early stage, screening the population for the lung health is a positive step towards managing the disease. Appropriate treatment in the form of inhalation therapy (inhalers) is being made available at the health facilities, and patients need to be monitored for the appropriate method of using the inhalers, and also be taught about the preventive measures to be taken by the individual and the family.

To undertake all the above activities, Chest Research Foundation is liaising with the state government of Punjab and has undergone a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a pilot intervention project in Ludhiana Urban.

About the Institute:

Chest Research Foundation (CRF) is an autonomous academic research institute dedicated for research and training in Obstructive Airways Diseases [Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)]. Established in 2002 in Pune, CRF plays a major role in generating new knowledge to help tackle the huge and growing burden of chronic respiratory diseases in India, with a major focus on Obstructive Airways Diseases. We conduct epidemiological, academic and molecular studies to understand the prevalence, risk factors and disease mechanisms relevant to our country and have played a pioneering role in establishing non-smoking COPD as a separate significant entity in the international respiratory medicine fraternity.

Interested candidate can send their updated resume on "recruitment@crfindia.com"

HR Dept.

Chest Research Foundation, Pune

Job description – Project Manager INHALE Project Ludhiana City Punjab

Job Description for "Project Manager-INHALE" (Ludhiana City, Punjab):

A) Preparatory phase: (This is almost over)

  1. To do complete assessment of the District in terms of geographical boundaries, details of the healthcare structure and facilities in terms of both manpower and hierarchy of referral system along with population demographics.
  2. To do a complete and detailed mapping of the ‘area’ of project implementation for INHALE project in terms of geographical boundaries, details of the healthcare structure and facilities in terms of both manpower and hierarchy of referral system along with population demographics.
    1. If the ‘area’ of project implementation has slums, the Project Manager will ensure detailed mapping of the same in terms of geographical boundaries, details of the healthcare structure and facilities in terms of both manpower and hierarchy of referral system along with population demographics.
  3. Liaise with the field, district and state government authorities. Ensure all are sensitized and attuned to the project. Coordinate and liaise with other staff/ consultants & various officials of relevant departments of the Government, NGOs, Development Partners and others for project implementation.
  4. If required, organized an all stakeholder meeting between CRF and the state and district officials from the departments of policy, procurement, National Health Mission, IEC Bureau (State Health System Resource Centre - SHSRC) and Medical colleges in Ludhiana. 
  5. To facilitate and expedite the procurement processes at the Govt. level for Equipment, and Drugs and devices.
  6. Coordinating with the state govt. for the translation of the Training material and IEC material. Ensuring that the material translated is suitable to the local dialect of the local population.
  7. To prepare the government machinery for the training and implementation phase. Overlook to all the arrangements necessary for the training of all the stakeholders.
  8. Coordinate with concerned departments for organizing the Training of Trainers (ToT) to develop Master Trainers for INHALE project.
  9. Organize in association with Govt. of Punjab, for the launch of INHALE project. Arrange for all the necessary requirements for the launch event.
  10. Coordinate with an external agency and support in the and end line survey undertaken by the agency.
  11. Monitor the activities undertaken by the external agency and report to CRF about the progress of the activities. 
  12. Prepare a training calendar for training of all stakeholders and get it endorsed by the govt. for smooth implementation of the project.
  13. Provide regular updates and reports to CRF about the project.

B) Implementation phase:

  1. Coordinate with respective department, Master Trainers and NGO partner to train various stakeholders such as ASHA, ANM, Paramedics and Doctors, according to the final training calendar.
  2. Ensure that all the requirements for conducting the trainings are fulfilled. E.g. venue, logistics, availability of modules, IEC material, questionnaire, equipment etc.
  3. Ensure that all stakeholders are priory informed about the training and are present for the respective training.
  4. Maintain all the logs and documents, photos of all the training programs.
  5. Ensure that all the components of the training are duly covered.
  6. Ensure all MOs are a part of the ECHO Trainings and are adequately trained in OAD diagnosis and management.
  7. Ensure the IEC material, posters are displayed at Strategic locations within the selected geography. ANMs to conduct at least 01 group awareness activity every fortnight in their community.
  8. Ensure the Radio spots developed are aired and are given sufficient airtime.
  9. Ensure all ASHA and ANMs receive the screening form, the PEFR, Mouthpieces, record keeping format IEC Flipbook.
  10. Initiate door to door awareness generation activity by ASHA using flip book.
  11. Initiate population level screening with ASHA workers. Supervision and Quality Check of the work ascribed to ASHA workers
  12. Guide ASHA workers on a daily basis. Ensure they are achieving their daily targets.
  13. Ensure that screening positive cases are being referred to PHC and appropriate record is maintained.
  14. Ensure ANMs are executing their role in the project adequately and with good quality.
  15. Ensure monthly reporting by ASHA to ANMs to MOs.
  16. Coordinate with PHC to ensure that all the records of the patient is maintained in the desired format and is made available to CRF time to time.
  17. Collate all report received from MOs at district level.
  18. Liaise with the state govt. and district officials for adequate supply of drugs and devices at the PHC, CHC and DH.
  19. Monitor and supervise the activity of Field Assistants who will help the Project Manager in all above activities on the field.
  20. Monitor and supervise the activity of ASHA, ANM on the field for awareness generation, screening of population, referrals to higher centers.
  21. Troubleshoot any problems arising in the field for referrals and supply of medicines.
  22. Ensure a strong supply chain mechanism within the area of project implementation.
  23. Participate in Community mobilization activities and provide Supportive Supervision. Conduct retraining for all stakeholders if required.

Location: Ludhiana City, Punjab. 

Criteria: MBBS / Ayush doctor/ Dentist/ Science Graduate with a Public Health/ Health Sciences Degree with experience of working in the community, preferably for the Punjab Government. 

Duration: 1 year on contract. 

About the project:

Although chronic respiratory diseases represent a substantial health care burden in India, there are large data gaps and dearth of research on Asthma and COPD in India. Robust information on the estimates of knowledge about the disease in the community, the attitude, practice and treatment pattern of the disease, prevalence, and economic impact of respiratory diseases; as well as, information about barriers/facilitators to seeking care (e.g., access, availability, affordability, and quality) is not available, and this would inform policy advocacy and government action to avert deaths due to respiratory diseases including COPD.

The community is also not aware about COPD as a disease affecting the lungs, even though they are living in a high risk environment and are exposed to dust, fumes, noxious gases on a daily basis. Thus it becomes imperative, that the community is made aware of these aspects. COPD is a silent disease; hence, to identify the cases at an early stage, screening the population for the lung health is a positive step towards managing the disease. Appropriate treatment in the form of inhalation therapy (inhalers) is being made available at the health facilities, and patients need to be monitored for the appropriate method of using the inhalers, and also be taught about the preventive measures to be taken by the individual and the family.

To undertake all the above activities, Chest Research Foundation is liaising with the state government of Punjab and has undergone a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a pilot intervention project in Ludhiana Urban.

About the Institute:

Chest Research Foundation (CRF) is an autonomous academic research institute dedicated for research and training in Obstructive Airways Diseases [Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)]. Established in 2002 in Pune, CRF plays a major role in generating new knowledge to help tackle the huge and growing burden of chronic respiratory diseases in India, with a major focus on Obstructive Airways Diseases. We conduct epidemiological, academic and molecular studies to understand the prevalence, risk factors and disease mechanisms relevant to our country and have played a pioneering role in establishing non-smoking COPD as a separate significant entity in the international respiratory medicine fraternity.

Interested candidate can send their updated resume on "recruitment@crfindia.com"

HR Dept.

Chest Research Foundation, Pune