Supporting the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in the implementation and expansion of Blood Safety activities in the Republic of Zambia under the President’s Emergency plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The purpose of this FOA is to support the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in the provision of safe and adequate supply of blood and blood products to health facilities in Zambia. This support will cover a one year period as the institution transitions to full host government support. In particular, the funding will support activities to improve blood donations from repeat, regular voluntary non-remunerated donors (VNRD); to ensure safety through a centralized testing system by the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Services; and to promote appropriate use of blood and blood components. It will also link with other HIV prevention activities through integration of prevention education in youth and adult donor recruitment and in notification of donor test results with appropriate referral to care and treatment services. The NBTS will also support, coordinate and guide the activities of all other partners involved in mobilization and retention of volunteer blood donors.
The ZNBTS will work in collaboration with the HHS/CDC Zambia office and the Zambian MOH, to achieve program outcomes. All activities implemented under this program should follow national policies and guidelines for the delivery of Blood Safety interventions. The recipient will work in collaboration with the Zambian MOH, the U.S. Government in-country Emergency Plan team, and the HHS/CDC Zambia office to improve the breadth, scale, and quality of the Blood Safety program (including mobilization of low-risk, voluntary non-remuneratedblood donors, blood collection, transport through the cold chain, testing for transfusion transmissible infections (HIV, HBV, HCV, syphilis) at quality assured laboratories, establishment of national quality system, including guidelines, standard operating procedures, accurate records, monitoring and evaluation, distribution of blood and blood products to the health facilities, coordinate and monitor the appropriate clinical use of blood and outcomes of transfusion (hemovigilance) and the establishment of a comprehensive quality system covering the entire transfusion process, from donor recruitment to the follow-up of recipients of transfusion).
The emphasis is to have quality systems in place while at the same time implementing evidence based strategies and improving on program management and evaluation (M&E). Since children below five years and women of reproductive age receive approximately two thirds of the national blood collections, the preparation of pediatric blood packs will be a significant component of blood safety activities.
In addition to program implementation, ZNBTS should continue to develop methods to create and build the capacity of its own and other organizations responsible for blood safety and transfusion services.
The ZNBTS will seek to obtain final government commitment for its own support and recognition as a separate unit with an adequate budget, necessary legislation/regulation, management team, and the formation of an organization with responsibility and authority for the ZNBTS. Additionally, the ZNBTS will foster development and implementation of a budgeting and finance system to ensure a sustainable blood program through cost recovery and/or annual budget allocation.
The ZNBTS must promote sustainability with continued, high-quality and evidence based interventions through local and indigenous organizations in collaboration with the Zambian MOH. In particular it should build the local indigenous capacity to be able to carry out various blood safety related interventions. NBTS will demonstrate increased financial support of blood transfusion services and this should be evident though increased donor mobilization, continued staff training and improved high-quality testing and processing of blood.
The ZNBTS will work with other Emergency Plan partners if necessary to evaluate and explore donor recruitment and cost effective strategies.
To avoid the overdependence on a sole donor, the recipient will be expected to diversify the funding base by applying and managing additional grants from other international development and funding agencies.
The overall outcome is to increase the supply of safe blood for transfusion to sufficient levels in the next one year to prevent biomedical transmission of HIV (and other transfusion transmissible infections [TTIs]).
|Posted Date:||Oct 26, 2015|
|Creation Date:||Oct 26, 2015|
|Original Closing Date for Applications:||Dec 26, 2015|
|Current Closing Date for Applications:||Dec 26, 2015|
|Archive Date:||Jan 25, 2016|
|Estimated Total Program Funding:|
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
|Additional Information on Eligibility:||Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS)|
|Agency Name:||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|Description:||To ensure adequacy and equitable access to cost effective and affordable safe blood and blood products throughout the country, in accordance with the set goals, objectives and targets, CDC intends through this FOA to provide funding support to the Government mandated institution to collect, screen, and distribute blood and blood products to health facilities; with the ultimate goals of reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.|
|Link to Additional Information:||http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279838|
|Contact Information:||If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Technical Information Management Section Department of Health and Human Services CDC Procurement and Grants Office 2920 Brandywine Road, MS E-14 Atlanta, GA 30341 Telephone: 770-488-2700
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