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 EOI for Research Study on Disease and Immunization
 NIPI Secretariat

 Last Date: August 26, 2011
 Email: (Reference:



Over 4 million infants die within the first 28 days of life mostly in the developing countries. Three quarters of these deaths occur within the first week of life and 24-25 percent occur within the first 24 hours after birth[1]. It is accepted that a high percentage of maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented by providing pregnant women with access to skilled caregivers and a number of proven, effective and timely interventions for both mothers and newborns[2].

In this context, the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) is designed as a Partnership to provide catalytic and strategic support to the flagship health programme of Government of India - National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The overall objective of NIPI is to enable India attain the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 viz,, Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

NIPI focuses in five Empowered Action Group (EAG) States viz., Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These 5 EAG Focus States contribute to approximately 60 percent of the total child mortality in India.

Main Objectives of Research Study on Disease and Immunization

Research detail

NIPI Secretariat, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) invites expression of interest from reputed research agencies to

                                                                     i.            Review and diagnose key constraints and bottlenecks in ensuring supply and utilisation of essential commodities for community and outreach level health services (Immunization, diarrhoea, ARI management: vaccines, ANC care, referral services, cotrimoxazole and ORS and Zinc)

                                                                   ii.            Identify & prioritize strengths and gaps in 3 districts of NIPI States for supply, utilisation and availability at the point of delivery.

                                                                  iii.            Describe prevalent best practices to ensure regular uninterrupted supply of logistics to beneficiary level at outreach / community sites including hard-to-reach areas e.g. supervision of immunisers through telecommunications.

                                                                 iv.            Recommend mechanisms to ensure regular supply from peripheral storage sites to outreach points.

                                                                   v.            Design and test the feasibility and (cost) effectiveness of recommended interventions.

Geographical focus: Focus on Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Tamil Nadu (or a non NIPI Intervention State)

Interested agencies may kindly submit their expression of interest with their agency profile and past experience in conducting such surveys by Friday 26 August 2011, 1700 hours to   

Only research agencies based in India, having long standing experience in public health research will be eligible for the assignment. Collaborations with Norwegian Research Institutes are desirable and those agencies wanting to collaborate send in the request to  for further support.


[1] Lawn J. et al. 4 million neonatal deaths: when? Where? Why?, The Lancet, Neonatal Survival Series, March 2005. 9-18. 

[2] Darmstadt G, et al. Evidence- based, cost effective interventions: how many newborn babies can we save?, The Lancet, Neonatal Survival Series, March 2005. 19-30


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