The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to burden sub-Saharan Africa. While prevalence remains relatively high in Zimbabwe, the country is one of the first to achieve a sharp decline in new infections and HIV-related deaths over the past two decades. This decline has been attributed to a comprehensive set of interventions that have been implemented through a multi-sectorial approach.
Therefore, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Integrated HIV Care and Treatment Support program.
Objectives of the Program
- Overall Objective:To complement the GOZ’s efforts towards epidemic control by targeting testing to efficiently identify PLHIV, ensuring all newly diagnosed PLHIV are immediately linked to treatment, and all PLHIV on treatment have ready access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), are retained on treatment, and remain virally suppressed.
- Objective 1: To provide site-level technical assistance that ensures comprehensive implementation of national guidelines, procedures and other standards of practice at service delivery points in order to maintain and/or improve quality of services provided at health facilities for the prevention of new HIV infections.
- Objective 2: To increase access and availability of quality, effective, targeted, and efficient HIV testing services to find remaining undiagnosed cases of PLHIV and/or known-positives not on ART in implementing districts through site-level technical assistance and direct community service delivery.
- Objective 3: To maintain and/or improve quality of services provided at health facilities for linkage to ART and retention in care of PLHIV in order to achieve durable viral load suppression.
- Objective 4: To advance and strengthen strategic information and evaluation for data-driven and evidence based implementation.
- Objective 5: To second technical experts and provide technical assistance to the national level of the health care system,
- for development/review/assessment of policies, strategies, guidelines etc., that will enable a coordinated national HIV response,
- To ensure program monitoring with district/provincial data utilization and deployment of appropriate national level responses/support.
The deadline to submit applications for this program is 29-Apr-21.
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