EOI for Research Study on Disease and Immunization
Last Date: August 26, 2011
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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.
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.
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
NIPI Secretariat, United
Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) invites expression of
interest from reputed research agencies to
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)
Identify & prioritize strengths
and gaps in 3 districts of NIPI States for supply, utilisation and
availability at the point of delivery.
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.
Recommend mechanisms to ensure
regular supply from peripheral storage sites to outreach points.
Design and test the feasibility
and (cost) effectiveness of recommended interventions.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for further