The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is accepting applications for Scaling-up Sustainable Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) through Improvements in the Availability, Integration, and Quality of HIV Prevention Services in Zimbabwe under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
This NOFO aims to support Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to achieve HIV epidemic control with the provision of sustainable and evidence-based biomedical HIV prevention through voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for males aged 15 to 49 years and linking men living with HIV to care and treatment services. The supported HIV prevention package includes HIV testing and counsePreventioling, condom promotion, behavior change communication, VMMC, and linkage to care. Specifically, this NOFO is expected to strive to saturate and maintain VMMC of more than 80% in selected PEPFAR-supported districts to achieve expected population-level HIV prevention impact. VMMC methods include both surgical and device methods approved by WHO and PEPFAR and the provision of data-driven, evidence-informed differentiated circumcision models within existing PEPFAR and MoHCC guidelines. Ethically-sound and culturally sensitive demand creation methods will be engaged. The recipient(s) –is/are expected to also support efforts towards linkage of the sustainable VMMC program with other HIV prevention efforts in 14 PEPFAR/CDC-supported districts (Chitungwiza, Goromonzi, Marondera, Guruve, Mbire, Hurungwe, Chegutu, Sanyati, Mhondoro, Mberengwa, Gokwe South, Zaka, Matobo and Lupane), subject to change from year to year with changing disease burden, programming gaps, priorities, and PEPFAR guidance.
Goals and Priorities
Goals and priorities include the following:
- Reducing the prevention and treatment gaps for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), children, and key populations (KP);
- Strengthening national and local programmatic, financial, and community leadership;
- Designing new partnerships with key private, public, and multi sector entities that can complement existing programs and expand reach;
- Utilizing the PEPFAR platform for broader disease surveillance and public health programming, consistent with the PEPFAR legislative and funding authority;
- Investing in the scale-up of cutting edge behavioral, and implementation science to bend the curve on new infections;
- Improving the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and related opportunistic infections by improving STI management; enhancing laboratory diagnostic capacity and the care and treatment of opportunistic infections; interventions for intercurrent diseases impacting HIV infected patients including tuberculosis (TB); and initiating programs to provide anti-retroviral therapy (ART);
- Strengthening the capacity of countries to collect, use, and share surveillance data and manage national HIV/AIDS programs by expanding HIV/STI/TB surveillance programs and strengthening laboratory support for surveillance, diagnosis, treatment, disease monitoring, and HIV screening for blood safety; and
- Developing, validating, and/or evaluating public health programs to inform, improve, and target appropriate interventions, as related to the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB, and opportunistic infections.
- Approximate Total Fiscal Year Funding: $10,000,000
- Total Period of Performance Length: 5 year(s)
- The expected number of awards is 1-2.
- Approximate Average Award: $10,000,000 Per Budget Period
- Government Organizations:
- State governments or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia)
- Local governments or their bona fide agents
- Territorial governments or their bona fide agents in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
- State controlled institutions of higher education
- American Indian or Alaska Native tribal governments (federally recognized or state-recognized)
- Non-government Organizations
- American Indian or Alaska native tribally designated organizations
- Ministries of Health
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