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Scaling up Targeted Community Based HIV Testing Services and Linkage to Treatment in Lesotho (CID-LINK) Project under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to assist the government of Lesotho in the strategic identification of people living with HIV (PLHIV) to complement facility-based PICT and ensure achievement of epidemic control by 2018 in all PEPFAR scale-up districts; improve yield of individuals newly testing positive from CBHTS through a mix of approaches; improve linkages of identified PLHIV to treatment services; and link HIV-negative individuals to comprehensive prevention services. Identification of HIV infected individuals is critical to the achievement of the UNAIDS 90/90/90 strategy. The awardee will work as the PEPFAR Lesotho lead for CBHTS, referral and linkages to treatment; scaling up quality HIV testing in scale-up districts for populations such as men, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), factory workers, and key populations (men who have sex with men and female sex workers). The partner will participate in various multi-stakeholder forums and leverage all relevant platforms for reaching PLHIV with unknown HIV status and link them to treatment. In collaboration with other implementing partners, the partner will also explore strategies to facilitate community based initiation of ART for newly identified PLHIV. The partner will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen the national CBHTS program to provide high quality HTS services in the country to ensure HIV-positive clients are linked to treatment.
Deadline: Oct. 9, 2016