Center for Health Solutions
Closing Date: Sep 14, 2020
Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya (CHS) is an indigenous, not-for-profit organisation that utilises local expertise and strategic partnerships to ensure the implementation of evidence informed solutions and interventions to existing and emerging public health concerns.
CHS continues to grow as the preferred partner for health solutions by consistently focusing on the delivery of quality services and continuous improvement in a transparent and accountable manner. CHS works in partnership with various stakeholders including the Ministry of Health’s National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program (NTLD-Program) towards implementation of TB care and control activities across the country. This is part of a US Government initiative against TB in Kenya that receives funding from USAID to implement the Kenya Tuberculosis Accelerated Response and Care II (TB ARC II) program.
The purpose of TB ARC II is to reduce the incidence and number of deaths due to TB in Kenya. The activity aims to improve TB case finding, improve access to high quality, patient-centred TB, DR-TB and TB/HIV services. In addition, it aims at promoting prevention of TB transmission and disease progression, while strengthening TB service delivery platforms. The lessons learnt are aimed at accelerating research and innovation with the ultimate goal of decreasing incidence, and TB related morbidity, and mortality in line with the 90-95-0 targets to End the TB epidemic.
CHS is therefore sourcing for a partner to support the implementation of the TB ARC II projects specifically the development and implementation of a social and behavior change communication strategy.
Purpose to be Achieved
TB ARC II seeks to fill these gaps by developing and implementing a targeted, evidence informed, Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) approach using interventions co-designed with target populations. These include young men aged between 25 to 34, urban dwellers, and women over the age of 65 noted to have a higher prevalence of TB, and the most vulnerable – children, HIV-infected persons, health care workers, refugees, and other marginalised populations.This therefore requires targeted communications interventions to address early health seeking behavior, treatment completion affected by non-adherence to treatment, particularly addressing the clients, medication, and social-related factors amongst specific populations.
Males of productive age have the highest prevalence of TB in Kenya estimated at 809 per 100,000 (MOH, 2016). They are considered an underserved high-risk group, hence improving access to screening and diagnosis is a priority to ensure equity in provision of TB services. It has been documented that males remain infectious in the community for longer periods with evidence suggesting that up to half of secondary infections among men, women, and children could have been from contact with an adult infected male (Dodd et al., 2015).
The prevalence survey identified women older than 65 years as a key population with prevalence rate of 495 per 100,000. Older women also had the highest proportion of cough symptoms and chest radiography findings suggestive of TB. A high prevalence to notification gap suggested missed cases in this population (MOH, 2016).
Health Care Workers (HCWs) have a three times higher annual risk of TB infection from work, compared to the general population. HCWs are also six times more likely to be hospitalised for DR-TB than the population they care for with the risk of late diagnosis and poor outcomes (von Delft et al., 2015.
Objectives for the Call
- Development of a Social and Behavior Change and Communication (SBCC) strategy on TB aligned to the National TB Communication and Advocacy strategy.
- Designing the SBCC strategy and developing a strategy plan for reaching project objectives while positioning the strategy to create a distinctive and attractive image, a perpetual foothold in the minds of the audience.
- Implement the strategy in collaboration with MOH-NTLDP and TB ARC II using the most appropriate channels and media of communication.
- Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the SBCC strategy during and after its implementation.
Duration of Implementation
The services are expected to be carried out tentatively for a period of 12 months.
Request for Expression of Interest
TB ARC II requests interested organisations to express their capacities in providing communication strategies that will lead to TB related social and behavior change. These should provide detailed information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and experience to perform the tasks within the timelines given.
Qualification Description of Interested Organisations
Any interested organisation should send its description including
- A detailed profile of the organisation, with referenced and evidenced demonstration of scope of similar work done in the last 4 years (include samples of two most recent similar works and/or references for the same).
- For each of the aspects in the scope, a detailed description of the core teams and their specific roles should be provided.
- Declaration on any form of subcontracted services beyond the organisation in delivering the services.
- Evidence of legal existence of the organisation.
All applications to this call should be sent electronically quoting the reference as SBCC-EOI-2020 to the following contacts on or before September 14, 2020:
Centre For Health Solutions – Kenya
P.O Box 23248 – 00100, Nairobi.
Email: [email protected]
To apply for this job please visit www.chskenya.org.