The Center for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Center) has announced an open Call for Proposals for small grants program within the multicountry Program “Advancing People-Centered Quality TB Care – From the New Model of Care Towards Improving DR-TB Early Detection and Treatment Outcomes”.
Small grant for CSO: Address legal, gender, stigma and human rights-related barriers in the TB response to improve timely access of key populations to TB care cascade and contribute to strengthening the approaches in TB care for treatment adherence and better treatment outcomes in Armenia.
In order to collect evidence on barriers contributing to delayed care and people with TB not being identified on time (including human rights, gender, stigma and discrimination), country-level CSO will apply and adapt as per the countries’ context the integrated tool developed by Stop TB Partnership to document evidence on legal environment assessment (LEA), gender assessment and data for action tool for key and vulnerable population; as well as stigma barriers.
It is expected that the selected CSO will ensure a multi-stakeholder process for reaching the consensus of the major findings, resulted from assessments and will conduct the assessment in collaboration with NTP, other relevant decision-making government bodies and TB affected communities. Perhaps it is good to acknowledge somehow that the assessment methods will have to take into account the limitations, imposed by covid-19 epidemic and be in line with the covid-19 response measures of Armenia.
- organization of national consultations, involving the national stakeholders to identify the country priorities on LEA, gender, stigma and human rights related barriers;
- support to in-country visits of the international technical consultants, in case on-site visits will be organized;
- design, plan and implement the assessment (adjusting the existing tools to be applied in the country context; conduct data collection and data analysis; preparation of the assessment report);
- organize validation workshop with national stakeholders;
- develop recommendations based on the findings and identified barriers, consolidate those in an action plan to remove the identified barriers and implement in practice the action plan;
- integrate the identified gender-sensitive and rights-based approaches into national case finding strategy;
- organize informational campaigns to improve knowledge on TB among KP and general population with the aim to reduce TB stigma;
- advocate for prioritization of active case finding among identified KP;
- implement activities for strengthening the approaches in TB care for treatment adherence and better treatment outcomes;
- perform additional tasks required to ensure smooth implementation of activities and in line with the respective Project activity.
- Collect evidence on legal, gender, stigma and human rights-related barriers in the TB response through rollout of the integrated tool for CRG assessment (activities cover the period 01.08.2020 – 01.04.2021).
- Remove the identified barriers on legal, gender, stigma and human rights-related aspects in the TB response to improve timely access of key populations to TB care cascade (activities cover the period 01.04.2021 – 31.12.2021).
- Contribute to strengthening the approaches in TB care for treatment adherence and better treatment outcomes (activities cover the period 01.08.2020 – 31.12.2021).
Scope of the proposal
- Lower than target TB case detection caused by existing barriers for access and use of health care services related to human rights, gender and stigma as well as structural barriers of the outdated lists of the most at risk populations for active TB disease.
- Large variations of male/female ratios in case-notification by gender and age.
- Not routinely available data for key and vulnerable populations for TB.
- Available funding: up to 60,000 USD
- Implementation period: 01.08.2020 – 31.12.2021
- Official registration in the country of project implementation, as non-governmental, non-commercial entity.
- Qualifications and experience for which the applicant organization must provide information on all types of relevant activities over the past 3 years:
- prior experience in operational research, particularly conducting community assessments and other types of analysis relevant to the scope of work;
- experience in data collection and analysis;
- proven experience in engaging multi-stakeholders’ teams in participatory processes at the national level and advocacy activities; o documented successful experience in the area of community, rights and gender at the local and / or national levels;
- demonstrated experience of engagement with the civil society and communities’ organizations representing key and vulnerable populations;
- prior experience in developing the concept and conducting advocacy and communication activities, relevant to the scope of work;
- proven experience in developing recommendations to policy changes and successful implementation of those recommendations at the national level;
- proven experience in promoting and implementing approaches in TB care for treatment adherence and better treatment outcomes.
- Availability of necessary capacity for project implementation.
For more information, visit http://pas.md/ro/PAS/Tenders/Details/460