|Re-advitised TOR and request for expression of interest for viral load monitoring and EID August 2016|
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|Thursday, 11 August 2016 06:34|
Re-advitised TOR and request for expression of interest for viral load monitoring and EID August 2016
RE-Advertised 8th August, 2016.
The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of Sierra Leone has received a Grant from the Global Fund towards the cost of the HIV/AIDS Response Program in Sierra Leone and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to payments under the contract for which this Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) is issued.
The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), acting on behalf of the CCM of Sierra Leone is soliciting
expression of Interests (EOI) from qualified and eligible Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Consulting Firms to provide technical assistance assignments for the National HIV AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in implementation of Viral Load Testing and monitoring and Early Infant Diagnostic (EID).
The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), acting on behalf of the CCM of Sierra Leone is soliciting expression of Interests (EOI) from qualified and eligible Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Consulting Firms to provide the following technical assistance assignments for the National HIV AIDS Secretariat (NAS).
Viral load testing is an important component in ensuring the quality of treatment for people on antiretroviral therapy. With advancement made by the pharmaceutical industry, more efficacious and effective antiretroviral drugs are now produced for the management of HIV and AIDS patient. However their effectiveness can be determined not only from clinical assessment of patients put on these drugs but also by monitoring their viral load levels.
Since the commencement of antiretroviral therapy in Sierra Leone, eleven years ago, HIV positive patients have not had the opportunity of doing their viral load test. This has implication for programme implementation as it is not too certain how effective the drugs are and secondly it is difficult to determine resistance to first line drugs.
Rationale for the Technical Assistance
The Global Fund Simplified Application Process (SAP) within allocation proposal has provided the Principal Recipient of the HIV programme and opportunity to implement viral load testing (VL) and early infant diagnosis (EID) as a key component of the ART programme. However the implementation of this activity requires technical expertise and the definition of key processes and decision trees which the national programme lacks. Sample collection, transportation, monitoring and providing feed back to health facilities for action are all critical steps to the success of a viral load testing and Early Infant Diagnosis programme of which the National AIDS control programme is not quite aufait with.
It is therefore necessary to seek Technical Assistance to take the lead at the initial phase of implementation of the activity whilst transferring skills to the National programme as the activity is rolled out to all the districts
Objectives of the TA:
Key deliverables of the TA
Task 1: Launch implementation of the national plan for VL/EID in a stepwise manner, defining clear milestones and timelines, and including staff training and mentoring on all aspects.
Task 2: Develop and implement a cost effective system of collecting and transportation of blood samples, DBS, blood plasma/serum from point of care (POC) in selected Districts to the National Reference HIV/AIDS laboratory in Lakka, eight (8) kilometers from Central Freetown.
Task 3 : Design and implement a cost effective system of sharing test results from the Central Public Health Laboratory to patients (adults and infants) at the health facilities and PMTCT sites.
Task 4: Develop appropriate laboratory information systems, ensuring information is registered at the NAS and NACP monitoring units.
Task 5: develop a training, mentoring and supervision system of clinical staff at all levels
Task 6: Develop and implement plan of Action for follow-up monitoring and quality assurance.
The following are the expected outcomes
Duration and expertise needed:
The duration of the TA shall not exceed eighteen months.
qualification to perform the services, including evidence of the firm’s experience in implementing similar assignments in the African Sub-Region for a period of not less than 3 years.
Expression of interest must be delivered to the address below on or before 16.00 hours on 31 August 2016 . The envelope containing the EOI must be marked “Expression of Interest for Technical Assistance for Implementation of Viral Load Testing and monitoring and early infant Diagnostics. Electronic Expression of Interest (EOI) will be accepted.
National HIV/AIDS Secretariat
15A Kingharman Road
Freetown, Sierra Leone
This EOI can be also accessed at the NAS website www.nas.gov.sl
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