RFP – For hiring the technical partner under Karnataka Prevalence Survey, 2022

About the Organization

Evidence Action scales evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for millions of people. Evidence Action’s approach fills the gap between research about what works and solutions for people in need. It operates in ten countries across the globe and positively impacts the lives of hundreds of millions every year in a measurable way.

The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI) is Evidence Actions’ flagship program designed to support the scale up of evidence-based deworming in Endemic countries. In India DtWI extends technical assistance to ministries of health, education, and women and child development of state governments for supporting state-wide school and Anganwadi based National Deworming Day (NDD). On NDD, children 1-19 years of age are administered albendazole tablets (a deworming drug) by Anganwadi workers (AWWs) at their Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) and teachers at government schools, government-aided schools and private schools.

About the Proposal

Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) comprise one of the most widespread and significant of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with infections contributing heavily to intestinal damage, anemia, and impaired physical and mental growth in children. The most common STH, Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworms Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale, infect over 815 million of the world’s population, with children being the most affected. India contributes nearly 25% to the total global STH cases, with an estimated 225.6 million- children in need of preventive chemotherapy in 2017. Soiltransmitted helminth life cycles directly involve environmental contamination with faeces containing helminth eggs, therefore major risk factors include poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

In 2015, the Government of India together with international stakeholders including Evidence Action, launched the National Deworming Day (NDD). The NDD has emerged as the world’s largest single-day public health campaign. Growing rapidly year-on-year, the aim of NDD is to deworm all children aged 1- 19 years, in government, government-aided, private schools and anganwadis (preschools), and, in some states, technical institutes and junior colleges. Evidence Action through its Indian technical partner EAII provides technical assistance to 11 state governments and the Government of India to implement the NDD.

Technical assistance provided by Evidence Action includes conducting statewide prevalence surveys to estimate the intensity and prevalence of STH in classes of SAC, using the prevalence estimate to guide the mass deworming intervention. In Evidence Action supported states most but not all have had baseline prevalence surveys conducted, to determine the treatment strategy required per state. In some states, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has conducted these prevalence assessments. More recently, as state deworming programs have matured, Evidence Action’s technical assistance has expanded to monitor the impact of mass deworming after several rounds of high-coverage MDA following baseline assessment, with the intention of enabling informed decisions to be made regarding the treatment strategy over time. In 2022 Evidence Action plans to support an impact assessment in the state of Karnataka.

As a part of technical assistance for the NDD program, the authorizing organization is providing an RFP for organizations to fill the role of “technical partner for conducting the STH follow – up Prevalence Survey in Karnataka’. The technical partner will be responsible for coordinating with the Field Partner to ensure the effective transportation and parasitological analysis of the samples. All analysis of the samples will be done by laboratory personnel, hired and trained by the Technical Partner. The technical partner will ensure strict adherence to quality assurance of sample delivery

Objective

The objective of this RFP is for Evidence Action/EAII to engage an Indian based Technical Partner, (herein referred to as the Vendor), to provide services for conducting surveys on the prevalence of soiltransmitted helminths (STH) in school-age children (SAC) in the state of Karnataka. The objective of the surveys is to understand STH burden in SAC after several years of mass drug administration (MDA). This will provide information for the Government of India and the state government on deworming treatment strategy over time. The survey will be conducted in the second week of May 2022, with training activities occurring from the first week of May

Deliverables

Deliverable/milestones

  • Detailed document to Evidence Action/EAII indicating full methodology to be used by vendor in surveys covering details of how activities covered in SOW will be achieved
  • Provide training session plan and hard copies of training material to Evidence Action/EAII, 3 days prior to training commencement for review and approval
  • Submission of real time parasitological data on the same day in the evening, or latest 10:00 am next day to Evidence Action/EAII and epidemiological partner.
  • Rectify mismatches of UIDs in data sets between vendor and technical partners
  • Draft report on success/completion of key parasitological activities/quality assurance onemonth post-survey
  • Final report submitted on success/completion of field activities submitted 2 weeks post draft feedback. Report should include:
  • Preparatory activities undertaken
  • Training plans and report
  • Survey implementation plan
  • Description of field movements
  • Quality check record
  • Summary of samples collected from each district/block
  • Deposition of Kato Katz used/unused samples, microscopes and other equipment provided by Evidence Action/EAII
  • Details of deviations from the protocol

Deadline

April 25 th 2022

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