Given the time and resources spent on the Phase I and II studies and the upgraded and newly installed stations, as well as the importance of the UB Network for consumptive use estimates in the Upper Colorado River Basin, the parties want to ensure the stations will continue to be operated and maintained
to an agreed level of standards, and that all collected data will be made available to any and all users in a consistent format.
This scope of work addresses the operation and maintenance, data quality control and assurance, and serving of the resulting data for the 2 new climate stations within the state of New Mexico in the Colorado River basin.
Tasks 1. The contractor will operate and maintain the 2 new stations according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards appropriate for operation and maintenance of this network (ASCE-EWRI 2005).
Teleconnections with the home laboratory will allow daily examination of the sensor outputs.
When a significant problem is identified, a site visit will be arranged, to correct the issue within seven (7) days.
The contractor will provide documentation describing their maintenance procedures and logs of past maintenance upon request.
2. The contractor will ensure each station’s sensors are calibrated or checked against standards annually according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards appropriate for calibration (ASCE-EWRI 2005) a.
The contractor will provide documentation describing their calibration procedures and logs of past calibration upon request.
3. The contractor will perform regular (daily or every other day) quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) on the collected data from all stations and will serve or host the final processed data via a website that is available to at least the four upper basin states (Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico), Upper Colorado River Commission, and Reclamation.
The contractor will provide documentation describing their processing procedures and processing codes upon request
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The only eligible entity for this supplemental award is the University of Washington's International Education and Training Center for Health (I-TECH).ITECH is the only provider in Namibia that has the capacity to provide not only clinical services, but also technical assistance to Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) staff in the treatment and management of patients living with HIV/AIDS.
Since 2002, the University of Washington's International Education and Training Center for Health (I-TECH) has provided technical assistance (TA) to the MOHSS to increase access to quality HIV care and treatment via rapid implementation and scale-up of new programs, including: antiretroviral therapy (ART) and management of opportunistic infections (OIs), voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), HIV testing and counselling (HTC), early infant diagnosis (EID), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and the development of an innovative pediatric HIV disclosure program.
ITECH currently has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the MOHSS that was first signed in 2010 for the delivery of these health services.
This MOU allows ITECH to operate in MOHSS facilities by providing clinical mentors to existing MOHSS staff and also additional staff for expanded service delivery.
Any organization providing the delivery of services would need to have an established MOU with the MOHSS.
These staff work alongside government staff in MOHSS facilities.
Presently, there are no other partners in Namibia (with this capacity or level of collaboration with the MOHSS and integration into their existing healthcare facilities) that can conduct the activities under this supplement.
ITECH has been working successfully with the MOHSS for the past 15 years to fill these critical gaps in Namibia and scale up HIV Care and Treatment.
ITECH scope of work under Program Area B the of the current award (CDC-RFA-GH15-1615) which in its original intent applies to any geographic part of Namibia, includes among other tasks (1) providing technical assistance to the MOHSS to plan and implement a national clinical mentoring program (2) Supporting regions to conduct regional reviews of programmatic data and performance, and (3) providing TA and implementation support for new service delivery models, including for the pillars of combination prevention.
The proposed geographic expansion falls within and is consistent with the already approved SOW under the existing ITECH award .Given the available current portfolio of CDC Namibia partners, ITECH is the only eligible and capable agency with an active award that already includes the required tasks to carry out the proposed program expansion within the specified time frame.
They presently provide on-the-job, and mentorship training/support to MOHSS health care workers and managers.
First, in order to achieve epidemic control, ITECH will be required to expand technical assistance and service delivery in the Kavango and Khomas regions.
Secondly, they will be responsible for the implementation of the VACS survey in Namibia, as the MOHSS currently does not have the capacity to implement a survey of this magnitude.
There is not sufficient time to develop, publish, and compete a funding opportunity announcement that will allow implementation of activities within this time line.
Clinical service delivery and implementation of the VACS survey need to begin by October 1, 2017.
The proposed program expansion supplement funds for ITECH will build and expand upon existing award activities currently being implemented in other geographic regions.
Because ITECH is on an April 1 award cycle, supplemental funds are needed by October 1 for the implementation of these activities.
If the funds are not awarded, ITECH (in collaboration with MOHSS) would not be able to expand services in these priority areas and thus not meet its increased targets for COP17.Full Opportunity Web Address:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-18-018.htmlContact: Agency Email Description:
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