TB HIV CARE: Terms of Reference - An Assessment to Review the Safety, Feasibility and Cost Effectiveness of 10 Custom - Designed Sputum Collection Booths Placed in 10 Facilities in Ethekwini Metro

TB HIV CARE NPC
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 8 December, 2021
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION:

1. Introduction

The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies sputum collection as a high-risk activity. Research indicates that many South African healthcare institutions make use of suboptimal facilities for sputum collection. These include washrooms, or patient bedsides. The Infection Policy Control (IPC) measures stipulate that proper infection control measures need to be observed when collecting sputum and ideally should be done at a proper designated area. Hazardous Biological Agents (HBA) regulations emphasize the proper standards in the handling of biological agents without infecting the healthcare workers. It also regulates the handling, operations and maintenance of the sputum booths.
 
Following a risk assessment of facilities in eThekwini Metro, KwaZulu Natal, a total of 10 facilities were selected for the placement of 10 mechanical sputum booths. These facilities are as follows: R. K. Khan Gateway, Mpumalanga clinic, Haley Stott clinic, Addington gateway, Inanda CHC, Hlengisizwe CHC, Verulam clinic, Addington hospital, Amaoti clinic and Clairwood gateway. The National Department of Health (NDoH) is one of the four Principal Recipients (PRs) appointed to implement Global Fund TB/HIV programmes from the 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2022. TB HIV Care has been appointed as a Sub-Recipients (SR) to implement activities in eThekwini and the City of Cape Town.

2. Purpose

With the support of the Global Fund (GF), the National Department of Health (NDoH) through the TB HIV Care is requesting quotations from qualified consultants (individuals or firms) to conduct an assessment of the safety, feasibility and cost effectiveness of 10 custom-designed sputum collection booths placed in 10 facilities in eThekwini metro, KwaZulu Natal.

3. Objectives

  • To conduct literature review on the usage of sputum booth in facilities.
  • To conduct an assessment of the safety, feasibility and cost effectiveness of 10 custom-designed sputum collection booths placed in 10 facilities in eThekwini metro, KwaZulu Natal.
  • To determine to use and benefits of the 10 custom-designed sputum collection booths placed in 10 facilities in eThekwini metro, KwaZulu Natal.
  • To make recommendations on algorithm revisions and the efficient placement of sputum booths for scale up.
  • To develop a scale up plan for sputum booth use and costing.

4. Scope of Work

The appointed Technical Assistant/s will:

  • Review relevant documents and literature to understand the use of sputum booths.
  • Consult relevant stakeholders who will be involved in the assessment.
  • Conduct site visits to where the sputum booths have been placed (interviews and observations will be conducted during these visits).
  • Provide formal feedback on preliminary findings and recommendations to all stakeholders involved.
  • Compile a technical report which includes a scale up plan for sputum booth use, costing, recommendations on algorithm revisions and the efficient placement of sputum booths in facilities.

5. Expected Outputs

  • A technical report which will includes a scale up plan for sputum booth use, costing, recommendations on algorithm revisions and the efficient placement of sputum booth in facilities.
  • A comprehensive Power Point presentation to all stakeholders.
  • A policy brief with summary and recommendations.

6. Required Skills and Competencies

  • Legally registered entity or consortia of legally registered research institutions (consortia must demonstrate clearly which entity is lead for the project).
  • Minimum of 5 years of research or program evaluation experience of health programmes with focus on TB and HIV.
  • Degree in social science, public health, research or communication for development.
  • Excellent communication skills with fluent English language skills; proven ability to work effectively with government and multi-stakeholders. 

7. Reporting

  • The Technical Assistant/s will work closely with Dr. Zingiswa Tshazi, Mr. Neil Reddy, Ms. Thabile Sekhukhuni, Ms Nontobeko Mtshali and Mr. Elias Ramarumo, who will sign off the final deliverables.
  • The Global Fund PMU and TB HIV Care will provide coordination support for this assignment.

8. Time Frame

The assignment will be conducted at a level of effort not more than two months starting in January 2021

9. Contact Person

Please direct all queries to: Ms. Amanda Fononda. Email: Amandaf@tbhivcare.org

10. Quotation submission

The closing date for quotations is 08 December 2021 and must be emailed to procurement@tbhivcare.org Email subject line to reflect as: Sputum booth evaluation: eThekwini

Location: 
Durban

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