Supporting Laboratory Strengthening Activities in Resource-Limited Countries under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Grant Amount: Approximate Current Fiscal Year Funding: $ 28,000,000; Approximate Total Project Period Funding: $140,000,000.
The provision of quality laboratory services and the conduct of reliable diagnostic testing are challenging in many international settings where resources are limited. Quality laboratory testing is an integral element of the clinical diagnosis scheme, infectious disease surveillance, and the formation of public health policy. Good laboratory practices prove to be cost-effective, promote reliable and accurate results, contribute to good patient care, and promote a positive attitude towards testing from a patient’s perspective.
The purpose of this FOA is listed by program area below: Program Area A: The purpose of this program is to support laboratory training and quality improvement for diagnosis and laboratory monitoring of HIV/AIDS patients in resource-limited countries that are part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Ultimately, this program will serve to enhance laboratory testing practices, and enhance the quality of laboratory testing services, in order to improve the effectiveness of HIV diagnostic, care, and treatment services and interventions. This does not include the delivery of direct HIV diagnostic, care, or treatment services and interventions. Program Area B: The purpose of this program is to provide support for the development and application of easy-to-use guidelines and standards for laboratory testing and quality systems development, and to foster development of in-country leaders to implement laboratory activities in the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-supported countries based on internationally acceptable standards. These activities are critical to building capacity and the sustainability of laboratory efforts in PEPFAR- and GAP-supported countries. Capacity building assistance in this case means the provision of information, technical assistance, training, and technology transfer for individuals and organizations to improve the delivery and effectiveness of HIV prevention, care and treatment services, and interventions Program Area C: The purpose of this program is to address microbiological laboratory capacity-building need in Emergency Plan countries in two focus areas: (1) strengthening laboratory organizational and technical infrastructure, especially as it relates to training of laboratory personnel and development of processes of Quality Management Systems in the laboratory setting; (2) assuring the quality of laboratory testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections, including malaria, by instituting systematic approaches to delivering clinical microbiology services to HIV/AIDS, TB, and OI, prevention, treatment and care programs. Program Area D: The purpose of this program is to provide assistance for the PEPFAR laboratory program development projects. The work is to be done with HHS/CDC in collaboration with national ministries of health, other PEPFAR partners and other implementing partners who are providing assistance in PEPFAR supported countries. The work will include, but not be limited to, strategic planning for national laboratory policy development and implementation, assessment and recommendations for developing laboratory capacity, implementation of activities to develop quality laboratory testing, and to provide expertise in development of integrated, sustainable clinical laboratory networks.
US Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Samoa District of Columbia Federated States of Micronesia Guam International Marshall Islands National Northern Mariana Islands Palau Puerto Rico US Virgin Islands
City Agencies Colleges/Universities Commercial Organizations Community Based Organizations County Agencies Hospitals International Agencies IRS 501 (c)(3) Organizations Minority Owned Organizations Nonprofit Organizations Religious Organizations Research Institutions State Agencies Tribal Organizations Woman Owned Organizations
Number of Awards Given
4 awards (one in each program area)
Award Amount Notes
Approximate Current Fiscal Year Funding: $ 28,000,000. Approximate Total Project Period Funding: $140,000,000 (This amount is an estimate, and is subject to availability of funds and includes direct costs for international organizations or direct and indirect costs for domestic grantees for all years.)
Application Due Date
Technical Information Management Section DHHS CDC Procurement & Grants Office 2920 Brandywine Road, MS E-14 Atlanta, GA 30341 Phone: (770) 488-2700
David Cross Project Officer DHHS/CDC1600 Clifton Road NE, MS: G-45 Atlanta, GA 30333 Phone: (404) 718-1004
Diagnostic Tests HIV/AIDS Prevention International Cooperation Program Development Technical Assistance
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