Thematic Window HIV Self-Testing

3ie is pleased to announce four awards under Thematic Window 2 on HIV Self-Testing in Uganda and Zambia.

3ie accepted proposals form organisations to implement pilot interventions to introduce the use of HIV oral self-tests in Uganda and Zambia and conduct impact evaluations of those innovative programmes. The pilot programmes are implementing interventions meant to use HIV oral self-tests to increase testing rates generally and/or increase the frequency of testing among targeted populations. The impact evaluations of the pilot programmes funded under this grant window will produce robust and actionable evidence on how to safely and effectively promote HIV oral self-testing as an additional HIV testing option in Uganda and Zambia.

This call is now closed. The deadline for this RFQ was 23:59 GMT, 29 September 2015.

To know more about the award winners and their pilot interventions under the Thematic Window HIV Self-Testing, please visit the Uganda and Zambia pages.

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. 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. 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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