Intermittently, the Global Fund receives concerning signals from locally managed quality assurance (QA) testing suggesting possible sub-optimal insecticide-treated net (ITN) bio-efficacy.
If indicative of a true issue this would imply there are opportunities to improve disease control, especially if the problem is widespread. Given the level of the Global Fund’s investment in insecticide-treated nets as a primary malaria control intervention the organization intends to undertake two parallel pieces of work. The intent is to answer the following: How can we better understand if collective investment in ITNs is achieving optimal potential and whether current systems and processes ensure optimal ITN efficacy?
One piece of work will be led by the Quality Assurance Team and includes product testing, the second is an independent piece of landscaping work, described here.
A supplier will be contracted to provide a comprehensive overview of the current landscape of ITN efficacy along the value chain from production, approval, regulation through procurement, quality assurance, supply chain management and deployment (excluding contextual factors influencing efficacy such as insecticide resistance or use patterns; further information is provided in “Scope and Limitations”).
The findings of the work will inform internal and external discussions across the range of partners engaged in supporting malaria control on potential areas for intervention.
SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS
Provide a detailed end-to-end overview of the product manufacturing, approval, regulation, procurement, quality assurance, supply chain and deployment issues potentially affecting efficacy of ITNs: summarize current approaches, available data, knowledge and partner activities underway, highlighting any areas where future work may be needed to continue to ensure confidence in the global investment in ITNs.
Figure 1 summarizes the main points in the ITN lifecycle that affect efficacy and therefore impact achieved. The Bidder can refine the scope of relevant issues based on their understanding of the context.
As outlined in figure 1 ITN efficacy is affected by: i) issues specific to the ITN product at the time of procurement and deployment (including the systems within which that product is produced, approved, regulated, procured, quality assured and managed); and well as by ii) issues specific to the product’s performance after deployment (including the physical and chemical life of the product, use practices and the entomological, epidemiological context). Both these areas affect the reality and perceptions of ITN efficacy amongst partners (including country programs and users of the nets); this landscaping is intended to focus on the first set of issues but should reference the importance of the second set.
The outcome should be a description of the current strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities in the area of ITN efficacy
CHARACTERISTICS OF ESSENTIAL BIDDER
The successful Bidder will demonstrate:
- • Capacity to rapidly respond and deliver on similar pieces of work.
- • Examples of recent contracts at similar scale and time pressure.
- • Experience and track record in delivering quality pieces of work where broader stakeholder engagement is used to inform recommendations on issues of prime strategic importance to public health implementation and with a focus on recommending organizational action or process change.
- • A strong understanding of the product specific drivers of ITN efficacy and associated procurement, logistics and quality assurance aspects.
Proposal submissions and all communication should be sent through the TGF Sourcing Application.
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- TGF-20-085 – Your organization name – cost proposal f) All communications with regard to this RFP, including clarification questions, shall be in writing and sent through the TGF Sourcing Application using the online discussion. Should the Global Fund deem it necessary to revise the RFP as a result of a clarification, it shall do so as an amendment to the RFP available on the Global Fund’s website.
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