The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified entities to implement the Accelerate Tuberculosis Elimination and Program Resilience Activity (ACCELERATE), the flagship tuberculosis (TB) project which comprises two separate activities.
The purpose of ACCELERATE – Accelerate TB Elimination and Program Resilience Activity is to support South Africa’s efforts to achieve TB elimination through early detection, appropriate treatment and care, and prevention among vulnerable populations, particularly those infected with TB, drug resistant TB (DR-TB), or TB/HIV co-infection.
ACCELERATE 2 also aims to expand coverage of key interventions in high TB case load facilities within low burden TB districts and intensify community efforts to find, diagnose and successfully treat TB clients. In lower TB burden districts, more effort is required to optimize effective community and facility interventions to achieve TB elimination. This is because facility case finding strategies would not yield the same results compared to areas with a high TB burden and as such community-based interventions contribute significantly to finding, diagnosing and successfully treating TB clients in this setting.
- Objective 1: Improve Diagnosis of TB
- Objective 2: Increase TB Treatment Coverage and Success
- Objective 3: Reduce TB Transmission and Prevent Development of TB Disease
- Objective 4: Sustain TB Response Systems
USAID intends to make one (1) award pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide up to $47 million in total USAID funding over a five (5) year period.
The Activity will build upon technical assistance provided by USAID/SA through previous and current Activities. The geographic target area of the Activity includes the low burden provinces and districts listed below:
- Free State – Mangaung and Fezile Dabi districts
- Limpopo – Vhembe and Sekhukhune districts
- Western Cape – West Coast and Cape Winelands districts
- Mpumalanga – Nkangala district
Eligibility is restricted to local entities. For purposes of consistency and reporting, the definition of “local entity” means an individual, a corporation, a nonprofit organization, or another body of persons that:
- Is legally organized under the laws of South Africa;
- Has as its principal place of business or operations in South Africa;
- Is majority owned by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of South Africa; and
- Is managed by a governing body the majority of who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the country receiving assistance.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344555