Request for Applications for Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) in Burundi
MEASURE Evaluation is a cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Carolina Population Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in partnership with The Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University. MEASURE Evaluation aims to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems and build capacity of individuals, organizations and systems to collect, analyze and use data to make decisions that will result in improved health programs and policies.
MEASURE Evaluation seeks an organization to implement the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) protocol in all 17 provinces of Burundi.
Burundi has a generalized HIV epidemic with higher prevalence among key populations. Surveys conducted in 2011 indicated that the prevalence rate of HIV among sex workers is 19.8% [CI 95%: 17.5%-22.0%] and 2.4% among men who have sex with men (MSM) [CI 95%: 0.9%-3.9%]. The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) report published in 2012 showed a decrease of HIV prevalence rate in the general population from about 3% in 2007 to 1.4% in 2010 (1% in men and 1.7% in women, 4.1% in urban areas and 1% in rural areas). However, the persistence of risky behaviors remains a reality and results indicate that the percentage of men who had two or more sexual partners over the last 12 months is 3.2% and only 14.5% report to have used a condom during last sexual intercourse.
In order to monitor and evaluate the prevention response for key populations outlined in the new HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan for 2012-2016, more information is required. Specific gaps in information include the size of key populations (including sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), and other groups with high rates of new sexual partnerships) and specific venues where these populations can be reached by programs. It is in this context that The Permanent Executive Secretariat of the National Council against HIV and its technical and financial partners (including USAID) plan to carry out a PLACE (Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts) study which will address the following objectives.
- To characterize and map high risk venues and events in Burundi where people meet new sexual partners and where outreach activities could reach people likely to acquire and transmit infection.
- To describe the characteristics of men and women who visit high risk venues and events in the capital city, cities and towns in provinces, and rural areas, estimate HIV prevalence for these groups through HIV tesing, and identify gaps in HIV prevention services (for example, HIV counseling and testing and condom availability) for these people.
- To describe the characteristics of sex workers, clients of sex workers, and men who have sex with men
- To estimate the size of the sex worker and MSM populations in Burundi (supplemented with other available data and information)
- In conducting the surveys, to obtain information necessary to conduct a Modes of Transmission Analysis.
PLACE will be implemented in all 17 provinces of Burundi, beginning with Bujumbura. The aim is to present results for male and female venue patrons and sex workers in three categories of locations: Bujumbura Mairie, cities and towns in the provinces, and rural areas. Results for sex workers and MSM will also be presented.
The deadline to submit proposals is March 4, 2013. The complete proposal must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.