3ie is requesting research organisations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant to evaluate a health intervention in Cameroon.
The health intervention to be evaluated will address one or more of the four priority objectives identified by the Ministry of Public Heath to be achieved over the next five years. The main four objectives are the following:
- improving maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health;
- revitalising primary health care through community partnerships for disease control;
- expansion of tertiary and secondary healthcare to reduce medical evacuations abroad; and
- strengthening health system governance.
Assessments of the health system in Cameroon pointed to the system’s inadequate capacity to contribute to the development of a healthy and productive human capital. In order to reverse this trend, the Government of Cameroon adopted a health sector strategy 2016-2027 to address a range of issues in the health sector.
At a glance
- Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, may apply.
- This is a request for qualifications to prepare an impact evaluation design, not to submit a design
- The call is in two phases. In the first phase, a proposal preparation grant of up to US$20,000 will be awarded to prepare an impact evaluation proposal.
- Qualifications received in the first phase will reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria.
- The lead grant-holding organisation may be located anywhere in the world. The research team will be required to include at least one researcher who is a Cameroonian national and resident in Cameroon as a lead or co-PI.
- Preference will be given to research teams with at least one PI or co-PI fluent in French.
For-profit organisations are eligible to apply, but are restricted to the same indirect cost limits as non-profit organisations. They may not charge a fee.
Ministry of Public Health, the Republic of Cameroon
The Ministry of Public Health is responsible for the development and implementation of public health policies of the Government of Cameroon.
In 2015, the Government of Cameroon adopted the health sector strategy (HSS) 2016-2027. The strategy aims to achieve universal access to quality health services for all social strata by 2035, with the full participation of communities and the involvement of other related sectors. The overall objective is to contribute to the development of healthy human capital that is productive and capable of contributing to strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Inadequate health system capacity has resulted in the low adoption of healthy behaviour; high prevalence and incidence of preventable diseases; unsatisfactory case management in health facilities, including those at the community level; high incidence of preventable mortality; and unaffordable healthcare services. Consequently, poor health has meant fewer people joining the workforce.
In order to reverse this trend, HSS 2016-2027 has articulated 20 specific objectives. However, given financial constraints, the four objectives articulated above have been prioritised to receive special attention over the next five years.
3ie's Policy Window Three
3ie’s Policy Window 3 (PW3) funds high-quality, mixed-method impact evaluations commissioned by 3ie members and their implementing agencies to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. 3ie promotes theory-based impact evaluations that make use of a counterfactual (experimental or quasi-experimental) to examine the full causal chain of the programme and answer questions about what works, for whom, why and at what cost. 3ie also requires cost effectiveness or cost benefit analyses in the impact evaluations it supports.