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Request for Proposal: CHAG HIV/TB CSS

Technical Assistance to Support the implementation of Engaging and Sustaining Over the Counter Medicine sellers/Community Pharmacies in TB Case Finding and HIV self-testing under the NFM3 Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Program.

Regions of focus and duration of assignment:

Zone 1: Upper west, Upper East, Northern (North East & Savannah),

Zone 2: Ashanti, Central and Greater Accra.

For a period of six months, the TAs will support the execution of the following tasks:

 

Intervention

Task

1

 

Improve uptake of intervention in pharmacies and chemical shops

Re-engage and facilitate the signing of working agreement with community pharmacies and chemical shop owners in 6 regions

Create a data base and mapping of community pharmacies and OTCMS in 6 regions

2

TB trainings and data collection

Support the training and refresher trainings of community pharmacies and chemical shop staff

3

TB case finding by engaging Community pharmacies and chemical shops

Coordinate screening at community pharmacies/over the counter chemical shops followed by sputum collection and/or referral and diagnostics at closest private or public facilities

4

TB case finding by contact investigations

 Coordinate screening of contacts in households of index patients at community level followed by sputum sample collection or referral and diagnostics at closest private or public facility

5

Other strategies supporting TB case finding

Coordinate retrospective contact tracing of previously diagnosed TB patients with TB champions in districts where they are present. Support the design of pull up banners and SBCC materials for community pharmacies and chemical shops to create TB awareness and testing, and educate clients visiting the chemical shops/pharmacies. Suggest for consideration sustainable incentives for referral completion and TB diagnosis.

6

Sputum transportation

Design a community level sputum transportation system for community pharmacies/OTCMS in each region that aligns with the national sputum referral system

7

Monitoring and supportive supervision

Supervision of sputum collection and transportation to designated laboratories using motor bikes or Ghana Post sputum transport system.

 Supervision of community pharmacies/OTCMS screening to improve identification and quality of TB presumptive cases

Supportive monitoring and follow up on monthly TB targets set

8

Build evidence from the intervention

Collaborate with the CHAG to document evidence by preparing and delivering evidence on but not limited to

Qualification

Minimum academic qualification of a master’s degree in public health, community development or related area. Prior experience of the NFM2 community-based active TB case finding; as well as the systematic TB case finding using the private health sector, community pharmacies and chemical shops is an added advantage.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; however, we will not be reviewing applications after 25th October 2021.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following to Benjamin Cheabu, Snr. Program Manager via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line: CHAG/CSS_OTCMS _Surname + First name CV.

  1. CV and cover letter
  2. Proof of any related works (2 pages maximum)
  3. Concept note that explains an approach or model to improving TB case finding and incorporating HIV self-testing through private-public partnerships in Ghana. ( 5 pages maximum)