Strengthening and Supporting the Development of a HIV-Related Proficiency Testing Network and Tiered Laboratory Continuous Quality Improvement Program for Countries Supported under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

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Opportunity ID:329076
Opportunity Number:CDC-RFA-GH21-2121
Opportunity Title:Strengthening and Supporting the Development of a HIV-Related Proficiency Testing Network and Tiered Laboratory Continuous Quality Improvement Program for Countries Supported under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Health
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):93.067
Eligible Applicants:Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:HHS-CDC-CGH
Agency Name:Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control – CGH
Posted Date:Sep 17, 2020
Last Updated Date:Sep 17, 2020
Estimated Synopsis Post Date:Nov 30, 2020
Fiscal Year:2021
Award Ceiling:$0
Award Floor:$0
Estimated Total Program Funding:$0
Expected Number of Awards:3
Description:The Award Ceiling for Year 1 is 0 (none). CDC anticipates an Approximate Total Fiscal Year Funding amount of $10,000,000 for Year 1, subject to the availability of funds. Access to quality laboratory and diagnostic services remains at the nexus of the effective diagnosis, treatment, and management of HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and other opportunistic infections (OIs) in HIV-infected individuals. These services are critical to achieving optimal clinical outcomes; reaching and surpassing the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets; ensuring 100% HIV viral load (VL) coverage; and achieving an AIDS-free generation and will require: scale-up and operationalization of quality management system (QMS) tools, guidelines and policies at all levels of the diagnostic network; improved quality assurance (QA) and quality management (QM) at the laboratory and point of care (POC) settings for all HIV-related testing; increased human resources (HR) capacity with a sustainable training and certification program; support for policies and activities for increased utilization of tools to support access to timely and accurate test results and decrease turnaround times across the diagnostic cascade. PEPFAR-supported laboratory and diagnostic network strengthening/optimization activities have led to improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and management of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in PEPFAR-supported countries. However, work remains to fully scale policies and approaches to ensure timely access to quality diagnostic services, a certified and competent workforce, full implementation of robust QMS and Laboratory Continuous Quality Improvement (LCQI) policies and tools to facilitate access to results for clinical decision-making across the diagnostic cascade.
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