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Arogya project by LEPRA India - RFP

Posted by BHARTI on July 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Request for Proposal

for conducting Operation Research (OR) of

Arogya project



Last date - 3rd July 2013


LEPRA India health in action

1. Background and Rationale: Arogya Project is a five year (Jan.2009-Dec.2013)Project co-funded by European Union and LEPRA UK implemented by LEPRA India inMadhya Pradesh. The Project ensures highly vulnerable groups in Madhya Pradeshbenefit from actions addressing TB, HIV/AIDS & HIV/TB co-infection. TheProject is being implemented in four districts of Madhya Pradesh namely Dewas,Harda, Indore and Bhopal.

The goal of the Project is to reduce the burden of HIV and TB and HIV/TBco-infection on highly vulnerable communities in Madhya Pradesh by strengthening the capacity of organisations, and facilitating convergence between government and non-government efforts. The purpose is to strengthen andlink up the work of public , private and CBOs so that they can respond moreeffectively and reach more high risk and out of reach population to HIV /AIDSand TB in Dewas, Harda, Indore and Bhopal districts

Following are the expected results (outcomes) of the Project:

• Attainment (or improvement upon) of RNTCP targets for TB in the project area.

• Increased knowledge, attitude and practice relating to HIV/AIDS amongst highrisk groups and out-of reach populations.

• Improved government and private/traditional health service provider’scapacity and coordination and to deal with communicable diseases includingHIV/AIDS and TB.

2. Purpose/Objective of the Operation Research

1) The project has established the SCCs centers in Bhopal, Harda, Dewas &Indore districts in order to reaches the maximum number of needy patients andprovide quality diagnosis & timely treatment.

2) The Sputum Collection centers (SCCs) activities include identifying thevolunteer for SCC from village health committees or others, identify andcollection of sputum and transport to DMC for testing and follow up of thepatients.

3) The early detection of symptomatic TB in such remote places will be carriedout by ORW & Volunteers from the same community and start DOTs treatment& make follow-up until cured.

4) Bridge the gap between service availability and accessibility and support insaving time and money among the out reached population.

5) Attainment (or improvement upon) of RNTCP targets for TB in the projectarea.

6) Possibility of involvement of CBOs and other local NGOs under RNTCP- PPPscheme for sputum collection and testing. 

7) Comparing the relevant DMC data pre and post of SCC centres established byproject in four districts.

8) Role of DOTS providers (includes ASHA,AWW,MPW etc) and the productiveinvolvement in sputum collection, testing, DOTS course completion and timelyincentive disbursement. 

The OR is intended to document the change; the Project has made since theinception of the Project interventions. To assess whether the Projectactivities which has been executed has yielded expected results. It also aimsto examine which factors are proving critical in making the change happen (orin hindering change). The OR is framed around three key questions:

• What difference has the SCCs made?

• How are the SCCs making that difference?

• What are the possibility of involving CBOs and other local NGOs underRNTCP-PPP scheme? Why the local NGOs are not coming forward to participate inPPP scheme?

• Suggest strategic changes and corrections for the better functioning of SCCscentres.

The findings, suggestions and recommendations would be used by Project team forimprovement and amendments in the favour of targeted beneficiaries and link theSCCs centres to RNTCP-PPP scheme in MP. The OR would become the base documentfor taking initiative to tie up the SCCs with the government department. ORshould also come up with the suggestion on the - Can this method be adopted inwider approach as compared to the project mode implementation? Can accreditedVolunteers in the grass root level for sputum collection after given trainingwould be sustainable? If trained volunteers be able to adopt by RNTCP as a newvillage level worker for TB? If trained, be able to implement this strategyunder RNTCP? What effective models of training to be adopted for training theseworkers? What problems will be faced in implementation of this strategy indifferent areas? What precautions to be taken to maximize the benefits of thisintervention? How the RNTCP in MP could adopt the SCCs run by Arogya project? 

4. Evaluation design: The project is implemented in Bhopal, Indore, Harda andDewas districts of Madhya Pradesh and currently covering 15 blocks withinterventions focused on 600 plus villages and few urban slums. The agency isexpected to suggest appropriate method to capture all the centres. The findingsof the study will be disseminated to the stakeholders. Their feedback andobservations will be incorporated in the final/ end line report.

5. Expertise required: The evaluation team should have expertise in programmewith adequate experiences in TB and HIV/AIDS (both technical andnon-technical), one member should have expertise on data management and restwill be investigators to conduct In-depth / semi structure interview and FGDs.All the team members should be able to communicate in Hindi.

6. Eligibility Criteria: Government organization, Registered Non GovernmentOrganizations and Academic Institutions in India, are eligible for applying.Technical and financial review of the applications received, will be carriedout by the Review Committee appointed for the purpose. The review will becarried using the following eligibility criteria:

(i) Registered under Societies Registration Act or Company Registration Act inIndia

(ii) A minimum of 10 years experience in conducting field surveys/ research

(iii) Employee a minimum of four professionals with a minimum of 3 yearsexperience in Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and statistical data analysis.

(iv) Should have carried out similar studies, earlier

(v) Proven skills of writing and publishing technical reports/papers

(vi) Proven skills of community level surveys

(vii) Should have good financial track record and handling of bilateral andmulti-lateral funding

(viii) Should not have been black-listed or notified by Government of India orits departments

7. Time line for the completion of the task is 30 days from the date of signingthe TOR.

8. Request for proposal: LEPRA India is requesting suitable agencies, meetingthe eligibility criteria, to submit a detailed proposal (technical andfinancial bids) as per the outline given below: 

a) Contact information: i) name of the agency; ii) postal address; iii)telephone/Fax; iv) email address; and v) two references

b) Brief note on relevant past experience of the agency (give names andaddresses of the clients and list of three publications)

c) Technical Approach and Methodology 

d) Work Plan, divided into weekly time-frames

e) Budget Plan and justification

f) Quality control plan

g) Staff information: i) name; ii) designation; iii) educational qualification;iv) experience; v) key skills; and vi) key career achievements

The Review Committee will select the agency, scoring the highest points againstthe selection criteria, after assessing the proposals for: technical approachand methodology (40); past experience of personnel relevant to the study (20);quality of previous publications (10); work plan and budget ( 30). 

Interested agencies satisfying the eligibility criteria and confident ofdelivering time bound high quality results are requested to send their proposalalong with budget and breakdown of costs, CVs of key personnel, and a coveringletter mentioning their specific areas of expertise within 7 days from date ofpublication . The hard copy of RPF should reach to:

The Director 

Regional Office (AP & MP)

LEPRA India health in action

Blue Peter Public Health Research Centre (BPHRC)

Near TEC Building,

Cherlapally, Hyderabad- 501301, Andhra Pradesh




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