Request for Proposals: Neglected tropical disease (NTD) control and elimination activities

Issue date: September 8, 2015
Close date: October 30, 2015
Amount of funding available for this proposal invitation cycle:
US$25,000-100,000 per grant; A total of up to US$200,000 to be awarded.
Funds are to be used for NTD control and elimination programs that address the seven most common NTDs, including ascariasis (roundworm), trichuriasis (whipworm), hookworm, schistosomiasis (snail fever), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), trachoma and onchocerciasis (river blindness), including:
– Treatment programs: mass drug administration (MDA) and MDA-related activities such as training, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and educational materials.
– Elimination activities: transmission assessment survey (TAS), MDA and morbidity management/lymphedema care.
Governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are eligible to receive funding from the Global Network, and funds may be channelled through the World Health Organization (WHO) regional or country offices. However, direct government engagement or endorsement of the project through a formal letter is required.
Drug procurement, operational research and research and development (R&D) activities are not eligible for funding.

Global Network will prioritize submissions that meet the following criteria:
– A program in which a grant will make a significant impact on the successful implementation of the project and fill a gap not met by existing funding, or which will help leverage or attract other sources of program funding.
– An integrated MDA program, treating multiple diseases and/or multiple interventions (such as nutrition and water and sanitation programs), whenever possible.
– A program which advances a country’s national NTD control and elimination plan in coordination with the Ministry of Health and/or WHO.
– An implementer with a track record of success in timely completion of the MDA or other NTD treatment activity.
– All project proposals will be considered but priority will go to those carried out in Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Liberia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pacific Islands, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

– Project funds must be expended within 1 year.
– Proposals must be a maximum of 5 pages, including a budget table and references.
– Proposals must list a principal contact, including full name, title, organization, email, phone number and mailing address.
– A detailed budget using the following format is required using USD; Recipient organizations may take overhead at a maximum of 13%.

………………..Full details in this file [Request for NTD Control and Elimination Programs]………………..

Submission Deadline:
All proposals must be submitted electronically to the Global Network by October 30, 2015 at 5:00PM (EDT) to the following email:

This Request for Proposals is also available at:

Request for NTD Control and Elimination Programs

Athlete Profile- William Qounadou

September is physical activity and mental health month so we thought of touching base with some of our returning athletes from the recent Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea to get their thoughts on physical activity and mental health.



Our next athlete is William Qounadou who won silver as part of the men’s basketball team.

What are the first images that come to mind when you see ‘physical activity’ and ‘mental health’?

I imagine running and seeing a person walking around aimlessly, talking to themselves.

Okay, what about the first words?

Exercise and ‘mad’

How important was physical activity growing up as a kid?

It has made me the person I am today  

So what do you notice most about yourself when you’re not physically active or you’re feeling ‘down’?

I get injured easily and become lazy.

What about bouncing back to reach your goals? How do you deal with pressure?

A positive mindset goes a long way and knowing that everything happens for a reason. If I am struggling to stay positive, I talk to friends and just try and do what I know to do.

How do you promote physical activity at home with your family?

I wake up and chase everybody outside to do something. I think the best start is through leading by example.

Finally, what message would you give Fijians about physical activity and mental health?

Never lose hope – there is always a second chance!



Health: Let’s move Fiji!

Health: Let’s move Fiji!


September marks Physical Activity month in the Health Calender and it is important to be reminded of the health benefits that we can get from just simply moving.

Physical activity reduces the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes and mental illness. Being active keeps the mind and body fresh & healthy bringing extra strength, stamina and flexibility with a positive body image.

The non-communicable disease crisis in Fiji is predicted to worsen with increasing problems of unhealthy lifestyle and behaviour according to the recently released STEPs Survey 2011. Inactivity is a contributing factor towards the risk of establishing NCDs.

Despite the positive health effects that physical activity has on the prevention of these chronic lifestyle diseases, the levels of physical activity in Fiji are alarmingly low. Fijians are not meeting moving enough to meet the recommended levels for health.

The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate said, “Too many Fijians are currently suffering from NCDs that can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthier diet and increasing levels of physical activity”.

“The Ministry of Health recommends 30 mins of moderate physical activity for adults and 60 mins of play time for children on 5 or more days per week. Incorporating physical activity into your everyday routine can be easy and free”.

8th September also marked World Physical Therapy Day, an opportunity for physical therapists to raise awareness in keeping people well, mobile and independent.

The Ministry of Health & Medical Services Physiotherapy department at CWM Hospital will also be launching a 30 minute physical activity DVD which is inclusive of all and can be done by all ages and for those with disabilities who don’t have any health complications. These DVDs are free of charge and are available at the Wellness centre.

Meanwhile, Fijians are encouraged to engage in physical activity and a balanced diet. Incorporating physical activity and proper nutrition will contribute to the overall wellness of everyone, healthy or sick.