PALLADIUM/USAID INTEGRATED HEALTH PROGRAM (IHP)-
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING MODERATE MALNUTRITION THROUGH FOOD-BASED APPROACHES AND NUTRITION COUNSELLING IN ONE PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRE (PHC) PER LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY (LGA) UNDER THE “USAID INTEGRATED HEALTH PROGRAM”

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USAID INTEGRATED HEALTH PROGRAM (IHP) CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI)
EOI #1 REFERENCE NUMBER: EOI NUMBER IHP-T003-2021-EOI005- BAUCHI STATE
EOI #2 REFERENCE NUMBER: EOI NUMBER IHP-T004-2021-EOI005- KEBBI STATE
EOI #3 REFERENCE NUMBER: EOI NUMBER IHP-T005-2021-EOI005-SOKOTO STATE
TITLE: PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING MODERATE MALNUTRITION THROUGH FOOD-BASED APPROACHES AND NUTRITION COUNSELLING IN ONE PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRE (PHC) PER LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY (LGA) UNDER THE “USAID INTEGRATED HEALTH PROGRAM”

1. OVERVIEW
USAID’s Integrated Health Program (IHP) invites qualified local entities, Nigerian Non-governmental Organizations (For-Profit and Not-for-Profit), non-governmental professional associations, training institutions and other qualified organizations to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) with respect to technical, managerial, and other aspects of the program described below. The EOI may come as a single entity application or as a consortium.

IHP is seeking interested eligible organizations that have interest in preventing and treating moderate malnutrition without complications and preventing relapse among recovered severely malnourished children using food-based counseling approaches. Illustrative activities may include but not limited to participatory cooking activities, counseling for caregivers and pregnant women, household food production and processing demonstrations for preparing affordable, nutritious foods, year-round using locally available foods. Organizations should reinforce healthcare workers’ use of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) to counsel caregivers to address active cases of malnutrition treated through out-patient and community-based services.

To increase diverse diets of malnourished children, applicants may leverage cooperation from: cottage industries/entrepreneurs who sell nutritious ingredients, agricultural groups, school-based nutrition/educational programs, community-based and women-operated local businesses, youth-led nutrition/food security organizations, or other interested community resources. IHP and the grantee will collaborate closely with BA on all community aspects of this activity. Illustrative food based approaches should diversify conventional diets and may include any combination of nutritious foods such as: fortified/biofortified feeds, micro-nutrient products, animal and plant based high protein/micronutrient rich foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds as well as other options identified by the applicant.

This activity will benefit the malnourished child, as well as siblings and the entire household by supporting recovery, prevention and stemming relapse into malnutrition. Nourished Children who access services from the PHCs are also expected to benefit from the counselling on IYCF, responsive/nurturing care, WASH, and demonstration services as part of integrated services provided to them. Healthcare workers and community volunteers will also benefit by being equipped with strategies, tools, and approaches to address moderate malnutrition (without complications) without having to always rely on Ready to Eat Therapeutic Foods which are not consistently available. In alignment with federal integrated management of childhood illness guidance, children with severe malnutrition and/or underlying complications will always be referred to CMAM sites and/or secondary care.

The roll out will be in IHP supported facilities in Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto state as follows:
(i) Bauchi State at least one CMAM/PHC site per LGA covering all 20 LGAs
(ii) Kebbi State: at least one CMAM/PHC site per LGA covering all 21 LGAs
(iii) Sokoto State: at least ore CMAM/PHC site per LGA covering all 23 LGAs

IHP collaborates with other USAID implementing partners, such as Breakthrough Action- Nigeria (BA-N), Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) projects to increase demand for services and improve access to essential medicines and commodities, and to improve malaria case management.

2. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
Develop a sustainable model for and build capacity of healthcare workers, parents/caregivers of children under five and pregnant women to effectively prevent moderate malnutrition of children, address moderate malnutrition on an outpatient basis, avoid relapse of recovered cases of malnutrition, and improve dietary diversity and micro-nutrient consumption through food=based approaches:

(1) Improve caregiver infant and young child feeding, responsive care, and WASH practices. As many caregivers may also be pregnant and child rearing, counseling should also improve maternal nutrition especially during pregnancy and lactation. Existing counseling tools/cards can be utilized.
(2) Identify and promote locally available and affordable foods that can address malnutrition and improve dietary diversity in children under five, and also pregnant women.
(3) Train/retrain health workers on knowledge and skills to strengthen preventive services: early initiation of breast feeding, counselling on exclusive breast feeding (EBF), complementary feeding) and to counsel caregivers on responsive care, WASH, health and nutrition promotion and support practices using IYCF counseling cards and other innovative tools
(4) Provide post-training mentoring to reinforce Knowledge and skills.
Leverage existing community resources (agricultural groups, youth groups, women’s/mother’s groups, community-based organizations) to carry out participatory food preparation activities to increase utilization and local consumption of diverse healthy foods.

Instructions for submitting the EOI:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kk9kdIV01wnjNpop342s5rpMyNBgdiZJ?usp-sharing

(1) Submit a letter indicating interest in applying for any of the Task Orders (TOS). If applying for multiple states, separate submissions are required for each state EOI submission.
(2) Submit a maximum of three-page concept note using the template provided.
(3) Submit a simple cost estimate.
(4) When applying for more than one state, submit full package of all the requirement for each state.
(5) If applying as a consortium, evidence of partnership agreement with members of the consortium should be included as an attachment (not included in the three-page concept note page limit).
(6) Provide evidence of eligibility as per the requirements.

Please follow the link to download the full guidance on the EOI and other required tools for submitting your application:

Other consideration to note while submitting the EOI:
All short-listed organizations will be invited to submit a full application.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS:
Please send your completed documents in PDF form as a single file to [email protected] referencing the EOI number or numbers on the subject of your email. The document should not be more than 10MB in size. Sometimes electronic submissions are affected by internet challenges and IT issues; as a result, organizations are advised to plan and ensure submissions are made before the deadline. IHP will not be held liable if electronic submissions are not delivered or have other challenges that may render it not readable.

Representative Email: [email protected]
Programme website: www.thepalladiumgroup.com

Issuance of this EOI does not constitute an award commitment, nor does it commit Palladium to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission.

Note: This EOI closes on March 26, 2021 by 5.30pm local time.

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