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Thematic Window HIV Self-Testing

3ie is inviting expressions of interest from HIV and AIDS programme implementers and researchers to participate in an impact evaluation matchmaking event in Uganda.

Expressions of interest (EOI) are invited from programme implementers and researchers who intend to partner and submit a proposal to 3ie’s thematic window for the implementation and rapid impact evaluation of pilot interventions using HIV oral self-tests in Uganda.

The event will be a forum for researchers to identify and collaborate with implementers who need their help with designing and evaluating such a programme. A request for proposals for Zambia and Uganda will be issued in August 2015.

The matchmaking event in Kampala, Uganda will take place on 17 and 18 August 2015. To download the EOI documents for implementers and researchers, click here. The deadline for applications for non-Ugandan researchers was 29 July 2015. The deadline for applications for Ugandan researchers and implementing organisations is 4 August 2015.

The matchmaking event in Lusaka, Zambia will take place on 13 and 14 August 2015. To read the EOI documents for implementers and researchers, click here. This call is now closed. The deadline for applications was 29 July 2015.

More information about 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-testing can be found below.

About 3ie’s Thematic Window 2 on HIV Self-Testing

Although HIV self-tests may be a useful tool for encouraging individuals to know their status, little is known about potential users, methods of delivery and linkage to care. Critically, more knowledge about potential social harms is vital for policymakers and health-care providers seeking to make self-tests available as a method to address the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

3ie is funding research on HIV self-testing under two separate phases—phase 1, which will fund formative research and phase 2, which will fund pilot interventions and their impact evaluations.

  • 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-testing (TW2) was launched in early 2013 in collaboration with the Government of Kenya. 
  • Under phase 1 of 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing, Kenya, six awards were made to conduct formative research related to the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions using HIV oral self-tests in the Republic of Kenya. In phase 2, 3ie made three awards for implementing impact evaluation of pilot programmes. Click here to read more about 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in Kenya. 
  • In 2014, 3ie launched a Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in the Republic of Zambia and awarded one grant for formative research under phase 1. 3ie was inviting expressions of interest from implementers and researchers to attend an impact evaluation matchmaking event in Lusaka, Zambia in August. Click here to read more about 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in Zambia.
  • In 2015, 3ie launched a Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in Uganda and is currently inviting expressions of interest from implementers and researchers to attend an impact evaluation matchmaking event in Kampala, Uganda in August. Click here to read more about 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in Uganda.

Background on HIV Self-Testing 

There is increasing international interest in the possibility of HIV self-testing. First-time testing and repeat testing are considered vital for preventing HIV and AIDS and for reaching the UNAIDS 2020 targets of 90 per cent of people with HIV knowing their status, 90 per cent of people with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment and 90 per cent of people on treatment having an undetectable viral load. UNAIDS released a brief technical note on HIV self-testing in May 2014 and the World Health Organization sponsored a special issue of AIDS and Behavior on HIV self-testing published in July 2014.

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