Grant Amount: The total estimated cost for this RFA is $73 million.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks applications to carry out a fiveyear, $72 million, global program to strengthen the capacity of governments and civil society in partner countries to implement high quality, sustainable, evidence-based and comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment services with key populations at scale. The program focuses on ‘key populations,’ defined here as sex workers (SW), gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons (TG), and people who inject drugs (PWID). These populations are at high risk of HIV, and in many settings are among those most likely to be affected by and exposed to, and to transmit, HIV. Because their sexual and drug use behaviors are often illegal and stigmatized in most societies, these populations are also often marginalized and experience discrimination; thus reaching them with HIV services requires tailored approaches. In addition to key populations, the new program will address their sexual partners, including sex worker clients.
The proposed program will support the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS Free Generation. Specifically, this program will address the action step “Increase access to and uptake of HIV services by key populations” in the Roadmap for Smart Investments. The Blueprint states that to be smart about our investments we need to target interventions to populations at greatest risk. The Blueprint posits that evidence-based, high quality HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs will contribute to reduced morbidity and mortality and improved quality of life and productivity for key populations.
This project seeks to ensure that partner governments and civil society partners have the technical capacity to provide coverage of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services for key populations and their sexual partners at scale. The emphasis of this project is to make quality services available by means that can be scaled, including through improved referrals and linkages across the continuum of both community and clinic-based services. To ensure that this is a sustainable goal the project proposes an integrated community mobilization and structural interventions approach.
The project goal will be achieved through the following results: Result 1: Increased availability of comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services, including reliable coverage across the continuum of care for key populations; Result 2: Demand for comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services among key populations enhanced and sustained; Result 3: Strengthened systems for planning, monitoring, evaluating and assuring the quality of programs for key populations.
The program will be worldwide in scope. It will be available to work with all USAID field offices including Regional Missions. Central “core” funding from the Office of HIV/AIDS is anticipated to provide approximately 25 % of the total budget for this program. The remaining 75% of funding is expected to come from USAID bilateral and regional programs in the form of field support transfers. The greatest demand is anticipated to come from countries with mixed and concentrated epidemics and with smaller budgets.
US Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health
Commercial Organizations Community Based Organizations Religious Organizations Unrestricted
Award Amount Notes
The total estimated cost for this RFA is $73 million - approximately 25% Core funding from the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS and 75% Field Support funding from bi-lateral and regional Missions. Contingent on availability of funds, USAID expects to award one cooperative agreement.
It is anticipated that the award will be made by February 1, 2014. The period of performance for this project will start from the date of award and will continue for 5 years, subject to availability of funds.
Health Care Programs/Services HIV/AIDS Prevention International Cooperation Medical Treatments and Therapies Program Development Program Evaluation Program Management
Developing Nations Female Sex Workers Homosexuals Injecting Drug Users/Needle Sharing Partners Male Sex Workers Men Who Have Sex with Men Sex Partners Transgendered Persons
Applications shall be submitted electronically before Friday, December 16, 2013, 12:00 pm Washington, DC Time to www.grants.gov. The application submission deadline cannot be extended. Hard copy applications, whether hand delivered or by postal mail, will not be accepted. The Grants.gov system date and time stamp will be used to determine the applications timeliness. Applicants are advised to be cognizant of the time applications are submitted. Applications submitted after the closing date and time of the RFA will be considered untimely. Untimely applications will not be considered for award. Applicants, who encounter any problems with their www.grants.gov submission, should email the points of contact for this RFA before the application submission deadline, explaining the circumstances.
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