RFP for Diagnostic Connectivity, Afghanistan

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Challenge TB (CTB) is a global USAID-funded project, working in Afghanistan. CTB/Afghanistan is a five year project effective from January 2015-September 2019. Globally, it is implemented in partnership with MSH, KNCV, WHO, Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)/National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), WHO, JICA, Global Fund and locally, by BPHS implementers.

Afghanistan has currently implemented 28 Cepheid GeneXpert devices in 28 sites for the molecular diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). By end of 2018, the NTP install 21 additional GeneXpert devices, thus, it will have 49 GeneXpert devices by end 2018. This diagnostic device is capable of producing electronic test information but they currently work standalone and are not connected. Results are mostly reported via paper-based systems using manual transcription. This limits the potential to maximize patient care and program management.

CTB Afghanistan’s main goal is to assist the NTP to reach its strategic objective of increasing TB case notification by at least 6% annually through the provision of quality TB services to needy communities countrywide. To serve this strategic objective, CTB supports the roll-out and implementation of diagnostic connectivity in Afghanistan for all GeneXpert sites in 34 provinces and request suitable candidates to react to this RFP.

Objective of RFP

To implement diagnostic connectivity for 49 Cepheid GeneXpert devices in Afghanistan to facilitate the automatic transmission and utilization of diagnostic data for a variety of user (s).

Timeline of activities

1st of July 2018 – 30th of September 2018. The candidate should be capable to start activities within 1 month after contract signing.


This RFP is published from 30th of April 2018 – 11th of May 2018 on the Challenge TB (www.challengetb.org), MSH (www.msh.org) and www.acbar.org. Review and selection will take place from 14th of May – 17th of May 2018.


Proposals should be submitted via cgoncalves@msh.org and must be received by 11:59 EST on 11th of May 2018. Proposals received after this date and time shall be invalid and will be blocked from review. Proposals should be submitted in English.


Selection of the application will be based upon independent assessment of the proposals by a review committee consisting of in-country and external specialists. Applications will be scored based on technical (25 points), business (15 points), implementation (20 points), organizational (15 points) and budget (25 points) aspects for which both open-ended (descriptive) questions and core and secondary requirements are outlined in this document.

CTB/MSH reserves the right to request further information during the RFP process. Questions regarding requirements described in this RFP must be directed in writing via email to cgoncalves@msh.org before 7th May 2018 by 21:00 EST. Responses to questions and/or clarifications originating from such questions that improve the quality of the RFP will be included as clearly marked additions to the published and updated RFP will be posted on the same websites.