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Ethiopia Public Health Innovations Collaborative under PEPFAR

Ethiopia Public Health Innovations Collaborative under PEPFAR

Deadline: 28-Feb-22

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is seeking applications for Ethiopia Public Health Innovations Collaborative under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The goal of EPIC is to establish, network and reinforce a consortium of Ethiopian universities specializing in clinical and public health to support the MoH and its associated institutes, agencies, and bureaus to continue the progress towards HIV epidemic control and sustain quality HIV clinical services.

The purpose of this NOFO is to improve the capacity of HIV program management and quality of health services to attain epidemic control in Ethiopia through the network and consortium of health science colleges associated with teaching hospitals. Local health science colleges and other academia hold a great potential for mitigating the impact of HIV burden and attaining epidemic control. The consortium will be used to provide TA in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care through capacity building including training, mentorship and development of guidelines and programmatic evaluations.

The major objectives of EPIC will be to

establish a networked community of practice in clinical services including extension of clinical mentorship services to catchment facilities and e-learning hub-and-spoke platforms, by supporting teaching hospitals as centers of excellence for HIV and associated illnesses that cause morbidity and mortality in PLHIV, including TB, cervical cancer (CxCa), opportunistic infections and other priority infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, and infection prevention and control;
Collaborate with and support the MoH in defining public health and clinical workforce requirements to sustain high quality HIV clinical services for the 21st century, and work in partnership with other stakeholders to produce this workforce including strengthening of preservice and in-service competency development, and retention schemes;
Advance the design and deployment of preventive and curative health services that are centered around clients, with particular focus on HIV case-finding and prevention, promotion of life-long treatment continuity, achievement of individual and population-level viral load suppression through Ethiopia’s Undetectable = Untransmittable Strategy, and preventing and responding to clients who are victims of sexual and gender-based violence, including children; and
conduct programmatic evaluations and surveys to generate evidence-based approaches for quality HIV clinical services, which further strengthen the overall health system.
Funding Information
Approximate Total Fiscal Year Funding: $3,000,000
Total Period of Performance Length: 5 year(s)
The expected number of awards is 1-2.
Budget Period Length: 12 month(s)
Short-Term Outcomes:
Increased engagement of network of universities and associated teaching hospitals to provide TA to government entities and other implementing partners
Improved production of competent health workforce to manage and deliver health services
Improved competency of HCWs providing HIV clinical services
Increased HIV case finding and linkage to treatment
Improved HIV cohort growth, continuity, and viral suppression
Improved uptake and quality of prevention, screening, and management of OIs, AHD, CxCa, and other co-morbidities
Improved availability of programmatic evaluations and surveys geared towards improving key program areas
Strengthen local capacity building using evidence-based communication strategies and tools developed by local TA providers for HIV programs
Intermediate Outcomes:
Improved above site and site level program implementation for HIV services
Increased capacity to support above site program management and site level health service delivery
Improved uses of innovative approaches to increase HIV disease detection and management of HIV and comorbidities
Improved quality of HIV prevention, care and treatment services
Improved retention in care and treatment services
Improved quality of OI prevention, care and treatment services
Improved integration of CxCa and mental health disorders screening and treatment services
Improved system for program performance monitoring
Increased use of research and surveillance data to improve HIV program and services
Improved HIV cohort growth and retention through behavioral interventions
Long-Term Outcomes:
Sustained capacity to manage life threatening public health program and deliver quality of services
Target Populations
The target populations for this NOFO include the general population, with a focus on PLHIV through service quality improvement, and the health workforce in teaching hospitals and other public and private health facilities.

Eligibility Criteria
Government Organizations:
State governments or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia)
Local governments or their bona fide agents
Territorial governments or their bona fide agents in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
State controlled institutions of higher education
American Indian or Alaska Native tribal governments (federally recognized or state-recognized)
Non-government Organizations
American Indian or Alaska native tribally designated organizations
Ministries of Health
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334969

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