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Local Nongovernmental Partnerships for Sustained Country Leadership in Rwanda under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Grant Amount: Approximate Current Fiscal Year Funding: $1,000,000.

The goal and objectives of the program in Rwanda is to enhance the engagement and effectiveness of local, civil society organizations that work with and represent People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to promote country ownership, effectiveness, and sustainability of health systems in addressing the country HIV/AIDS response.


1. Strengthen Rwanda’s PLWDs local organizations (CSOs, NGOs, FBOs) capacity to advocate for and to ensure long-term sustainability of HIV, Care and Treatment services and integration into Rwanda’s National Health system.

2. Support and increase equitable access to prevention, care and treatment services for PLWDs in Rwanda.

3. Increase the capacity of PLWDs to provide HIV, Care and Treatment services to associations and organizations of PLWDs

The purpose of this FOA is to support the development of and strengthening of civil society organizations: faith based organizations, regional or national networks, professional associations, and community based originations. The intended purpose is to engage civil society in country leadership that will support and advocate for effective health systems that are transparent and reflective of the needs of all infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. According to the Rwandan census of persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) carried out in 2010, PLWDSS constitute 5.0 % of the population. Like in other developing countries, disability and HIV and AIDS are multidimensional, interconnected, and PLWDS are at an increased vulnerability to contracting HIV. Surveys conducted in the region indicate that PLWDs are often seen as a source of shame, are a burden to their families and communities, and are deemed not to have any value, which often leads to low self-esteem and a secluded, isolated life leading to lack of prioritization when it comes to education and health care. A recent survey by an International Non-Government Organization (NGO), found that PLWDs lack access to HIV education, information and prevention services, they also experience sexual and gender based violence as a result of their vulnerability. This study also reported that persons with disabilities are sexually abused and raped because of the general population’s belief that one could be “cured” of HIV if they had sex with a PLWDs. To compound this, PLWDs may be missing opportunities for HIV prevention services because of assumptions that they are not sexually active, or do not engage in other risk behaviors. According to a recent baseline on the social inclusion of persons with disabilities by UPHLS, in Rwanda persons with disabilities have difficulties accessing health services due to a number of reasons/barriers to health, such as: the price of health insurance; insufficient availability of specialized services; stereotypes and prejudices that prevent families from bringing persons with disabilities to health center, and health workers not trained to provide services to PLWDs.
Funding Organization
US Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fund Category
Support Types
Cooperative Agreements
Eligible Organizations
Community Based Organizations
Professional Organizations
Religious Organizations
Award Date
Number of Awards Given
1 award
Award Amount Notes
Approximate Current Fiscal Year Funding: $1,000,000.
Approximate Average Award: $740,000 (This amount is for the first 12 month budget period, and includes direct costs for international organizations or direct and indirect costs for domestic grantees.)
Application Due Date
Application Contact
Tech Info Management Section
CDC Procurement & Grants Office
2920 Brandywine Road, MS E-14
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: (770) 488-2700
Technical Contact
Antyme Kayisabe
Project Officer
DHHS/CDC2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie
Fund Duration
3 years.
Health Care Programs/Services
HIV/AIDS Prevention
International Cooperation
Medical Treatments and Therapies
Developing Nations
Persons with Disabilities
Persons with HIV/AIDS
Application Process
Applicants must download the SF424 application package associated with this funding opportunity from If access to the Internet is not available or if the applicant encounters difficulty in accessing the forms on-line, contact the HHS/CDC Procurement and Grant Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO TIMS) staff at (770) 488-2700 Monday-Friday 7:00am – 4:30pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time for further instruction. CDC Telecommunications for the hearing impaired or disabled is available at: TTY 1-888-232-6348.

If the applicant encounters technical difficulties with, the applicant should contact Customer Service. The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the exception of all Federal Holidays. The Contact Center provides customer service to the applicant community. The extended hours will provide applicants support around the clock, ensuring the best possible customer service is received any time it’s needed. You can reach the Support Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email at Submissions sent by e-mail, fax, CD’s or thumb drives of applications will not be accepted.
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Disclaimer: NPIN provides this information as a public service only. The views and information provided about the materials, funding opportunities, and organizations do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, or NPIN. Fund Record #4835

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