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Engaging Communities in Responding to Zika Under the Integrating Community Health APS
Applicants are encouraged to review the entire Integrating Community Health APS (APS-OAA- 15-000004) in addition to the following Zika response specific information included below. The current Zika virus outbreaks and their association with an increased incidence of microcephaly, other central nervous system malformations and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) have caused increasing alarm in countries across the world, particularly in the Americas. Brazil announced a national public health emergency in November 2015. An International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the recent clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in Brazil a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). With evidence providing a causal link between the Zika virus and clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders, the IHR Emergency Committee recommends enhanced surveillance and research, and aggressive measures to reduce infection with Zika virus, particularly amongst pregnant women and women of childbearing age. While women should have the right to decide when and if they want to have children, their decision making capacity can be compromised if they are experiencing poverty and/or living in areas where gender-based violence is prevalent. Thus, an important consideration in response plans should be that delaying pregnancy may not be an option for some women. A gender-sensitive approach contextual to the region that takes into consideration social, economic, cultural norms must be central to response plans. Zika is a real and present threat that requires an international response, one driven by lessons learned in dealing with other global infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are closely monitoring epidemiological trends as well as taking part in the global response to the outbreak.
Since late last year, the United States Government has been working to combat the Zika virus as the outbreak evolves. The United States Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are working along with other Federal Agencies to support efforts to identify, localize, and prevent continuing spread of the Zika virus throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. USAID’s work is a part of the global response to accelerate our ability to prevent, detect and respond to the Zika virus, and to bolster our ability to reduce the potential for future infectious disease outbreaks via community engagement and mobilization. USAID’s planned response to the Zika outbreak includes three lines of work: 1) Vector Control and Management; 2) Social Behavior Change Communication; and, 3) Community Based Monitoring and Surveillance.
The purpose of this Addendum to the Integrating Community Health Annual Program Statement (APS-OAA-15-000004) is to strengthen the role of community engagement in health and local systems towards enhancing and expanding on existing efforts in order to mount an effective response to the Zika virus in the Latin America/Caribbean (LAC) region.
USAID invites all eligible organizations (see Section III - Eligibility Information) to submit concept papers that integrate community engagement in the response to the Zika virus at the regional and/or country levels. In line with the goals set forth in the ICH APS, this Addendum will enable USAID to invest in engaging citizens, communities most at risk, and relevant incountry partners to strengthen local community health systems towards greater resilience and responsiveness in order to mitigate the public health effects of the Zika Virus outbreak.
Deadline for Concept Papers: June 1, 2016
To be eligible for a cooperative agreement under this Addendum, an organization must be any of the following types of organizations: 1. Non-Federal Entities (referred to as U.S. NGOs) – U.S. NGOs that meet the definitions in 2 CFR 200.69. 2. Non-profit Organizations (also referred to as U.S. NGOs) – U.S. non-profit organizations that meet the definition in 2 CFR 200.70. 3. Foreign Entities (referred to as non-U.S. NGOs) – either non-profit or for profit organizations not affiliated with a foreign government that meet the definition in 2 CFR 200.47.
USAID anticipates making multiple awards subject to the availability of funds. As discussed in Section I, Applicants may develop regional or country-specific solutions. USAID may fund up to $5 million for each country in the applicant’s approach. For example, the total estimated total amount for a two-country approach may not exceed $10 million.