Call for TB in the Mining Sector (TIMS) CSOs Implementing Partners

 

  1. Background to Global Fund Supported Tuberculosis in the Mining Sector (TIMS) programme

Southern Africa remains the worst affected region by TB due to a myriad of factors and the mining sector is no exception given its TB susceptibility and vulnerability factors. As such, 15 southern African leaders signed the declaration on TB in the Mining Sector in 2012, which committed these countries to improving the lives of those affected by TB. Framed by this statutory commitment, developmental partners together with southern African governments have embarked on various initiatives to address the crisis of TB in the Mining Sector (TIMS). The Global Fund has supported this initiative through 2 phases of funding for a regional response to TB in the mining sector.

  1. Objectives of the grant

Regional policies from the Southern African Development Community have provided political and policy level commitments. Between January 2016 and December 2017, the Wits Health Consortium led Phase 1 of the TB in the Mining Sector Programme in Southern Africa (TIMS) in 10 countries. Phase-1 developed infrastructure, processes and systems regionally in the ten countries to address the TB burden amongst mining populations. Phase-2 of this grant aims for longer-term sustainability of the regional infrastructure, processes and systems through:

  • Institutionalisation of infrastructure and systems, especially surveillance models, cross-border referral systems and Occupational Health Service Centres
  • Refinement of TB services by demonstrating, documenting and improving the screening, case finding and contact tracing models in four specific contexts
  • Fine-tuning of field-level TB interventions making use of pre-developed KAP surveys, epidemiological study and the geo-spatial mapping of hotspots
  • Integration of service models into the national systems in each country
  • Developing/implementing a minimum package of occupational health services for artisanal and small-scale mines that cover TB, TB/HIV and Silicosis, including capacity building of key implementers and production of policy briefs
  • Developing and implementing pilot models for provision of public health services by large scale mining companies
  • Strengthening legislation and improving compliance with regulations for mine health and TB/Silicosis surveillance
  • Developing the capacity of civil society organisations to implement occupational health and public health interventions targeting mineworkers, ex miners and communities around mines

Under TIMS Phase 2, Wits Health consortium has sub- granted a consortium consisting of   Enhancing Care Foundation collaborating with SAfAIDS and Baines Occupational and Travel Medicine Centre (hereafter referred to as “ECF Consortium”) to implement the programme whose objectives are to increase (1) TB case finding, (2) TB treatment completion, (3) HIV diagnosis and treatment initiation among TB-infected patients, (4) access to information and education on TB prevention, care and treatment, and, (5) accountability of key institutions addressing TB, silicosis and HIV in Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa by 2020.

Under the Community Response and Systems Strategy, the programme will select 15 CSOs from 5 implementing countries (3 each from Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland) to jointly undertake this work. It is therefore against this background that SAfAIDS is inviting CSOs who meet the following selection criteria to submit their Expression of Interest and complete the application form, clearly demonstrating their competencies and comparative advantage in TB and HIV programmes within the mining sector:

  • CSO must be legally registered Civil Society Organisations, including Trade Unions and Miners Associations.
  • CSO with a minimum of 5-year experience implementing TB and HIV programmes and have specific experience in working with key populations on TB and HIV related issues. Experience in TB in the mines in the targeted districts will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrate shared vision, mission, values and core business in line with the TIMS project goals.
  • Have clear and functional programme management, implementation, monitoring and reporting structures.
  • Have clear organisational and governance structure.
  • It must reflect organisational policies, procedures and systems that promote transparency and demonstrate accountability such as:
    • Basic financial and control mechanisms and procedures to demonstrate the financial management capacity of the organization.
    • Clear logistics systems, controls and procedures.
    • Administration and Human Resource Policies.
    • Stakeholder management plan
  • Submitted an expression of interest and completed SAfAIDS Partnership Selection Form.
  1. Scope of the work

The selected CSO partners will undergo organizational capacity assessments, institutional capacity building, planning and leadership development. In addition, the partners will be trained as agents of TB/HIV prevention and mobilisers of key populations and their communities in order to promote uptake of TB/HIV services.

 

  1. Areas of operation

The programme is going to be implemented in the following districts

 

Country

District

Lesotho

Mafeteng, Maseru, Mohales Hoek

Mozambique

Guija, Mandlakazi, Xai-Xai, Chibuto, Chokwe

Namibia

Omaruru, Swakopmund, Usakos, Walvis Bay, Tsumeb, Aranos, Otjiwarongo

South Africa

Dr Kenneth Kaunda, OR Tambo, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Francis Baard, ZF Mgcawu

Swaziland

Lumbombo, Manzini, Shiselweni

 

  1. Partnership duration/timeframe: 1 April 2019 –31 December 2020

 

  1. Application Procedure: Interested CSOs should send (1) an Expression of Interest showing how they meet the selection criterion and including examples of completed work, and (2) a completed Partnership Selection Form available upon sending a request to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The completed Partnership Selection Form and expression of interest must be submitted to SAfAIDS on or before 12 April 2019 via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered. An independent Committee will be established to evaluate the completed Partner Selection Forms and Expressions of Interest.

 Download TIMS 2 CSO  Partnership Selecton form here : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tS8JIffEO00tKC3l0-PSqjw9kUwuqQHB

NB: Key populations mean current miners, ex-miners, their families and communities.