Request for Consultancy Services to Conduct Data Quality Assessment at MSU/UNFPA supported health facilities

Purpose: To assist carry out data quality assessment at Private health facilities supported by MSU/UNFPA

1.0 Background

1.1 A brief over view of the Maries Stopes Uganda (MSU)

Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) is a marketing-focused, results-oriented social business that uses modern management and marketing techniques to provide family planning and reproductive healthcare across every district of Uganda.

 

MSU’s aim is to contribute 15 points to Uganda’s contraceptive prevalence rate by 2015, saving and improving many thousands of Ugandan lives. MSU has 25% of the market share in modern contraceptives and, in 2010/2011, safely delivered 50,000 babies and contributed 4 points to Uganda’s contraceptive prevalence rate. MSU has enjoyed 20% year on year growth since 2007. MSU is part of a global network, Marie Stopes International (MSI), and subscribes to MSI goal and mission, to prevent unwanted births and to ensure individual’s rights to Children by Choice not Chance. To date, MSU is implementing a number of project that include the UNFPA supported project titled “Maternal Health Voucher Project:

1.2 Goals and Results of the MSU MHVP

The overall goal of the Maternal Health Voucher Project (MHVP) is to facilitate increase in availability and demand for family planning services in selected high burden districts within the East and Central (EC) Region.

The MSU/UNFPA Maternal Health Voucher Project has five major result areas that include:

 

  1. Improving access to and availability of high-quality, affordable and comprehensive FP services in the private sector in selected districts/facilities
  2. Strengthening the technical and functional capacity of private health facility providers to deliver comprehensive FP services including Postpartum family planning (PPFP) at selected districts/facilities
  3. Increasing demand for comprehensive FP services and PPFP in the private sector in selected districts/facilities
  4. Monitoring service utilization and address emerging barriers to accessing comprehensive FP services through private sector in selected high burdened districts

2. Aim of Consultancy

MSU is supporting the expansion and access to comprehensive FP services, through the private sector in the EC region of Uganda. The services are delivered to the beneficiaries through the private health clinics. Every month, the health facilities are mandated to report to MSU data on key indicators related to services that they provide. The data reported helps MSU to monitor and evaluate the progress in the implementation of planned FP services to the community as well as use the data for quarterly and annual reporting to UNFPA, planning and decision making by the project.

 

In order for MSU to have some level of confidence in the quality of data reported by the health facilities, MSU has planned to conduct DQA at sampled health facilities. The facilities were randomly selected however, the consultant could suggest the most appropriate method to carry out the assignment. The outcome will enable MSU to learn lessons from all the sampled Health facilities for future data quality improvement.

The broad aim of this assignment is therefore to help MSU to conduct data quality assessment so that the MHVP funded by UNFPA is able to use the information generated to improve on data quality, management and utilization. The assessment report will specifically help to:

  1. Identify major points of errors during data flow within different units of health facility
  2. Address data quality issues ( completeness, accuracy, consistency, confidentiality, timeliness and accessibility)
  3. Address data management issues ( filing, electronic and manual data storage)
  4. Promote data utilization at health facility level for planning and decision making

3. Methodology

The assessment team will use mainly qualitative methods of data collection such as key informant interview to gather information related to data quality, flow and management. MSU has developed a tool that the team will administer to the health facility staff and other key individuals concerned with data management.

 

Additionally, the team will use observation method to ascertain data usage at health facility (in terms of illustrations on the wall) and filing system.

3.2 Time frame

This exercise will be conducted within a period not exceeding 18 calender days from date of contract signing.

3.3 Supervision and Management

The Research Monitoring and Evaluation Manager will provide the overall management and supervision functions during the time of consultancy.

 4. Deliverables/Expected Outcomes

  • Review the DQA tool and other related documents
  • Gather   information using the tools developed
  • Completed report on data quality (completeness, accuracy, consistency, confidentiality, timeliness and accessibility) as well as utilization at health facilities
  • Present the DQA report to MSU/UNFPA Project Staff

5. Qualification and experience of the Consultant

The consultant must possess a minimum of Masters Degree in Public Health/Epidemiology /Demography/Biostatistics or first degree in Statistics / Social sciences with Post Graduate training in M&E, public health, demography and Biostatistics.

 

Candidates with in depth knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation and Reproductive Health indicators interventions, will have an added advantage. Additionally, candidates must have an evidence of having executed similar assignment in the past.

  6. Report

The cover page of the report will have MSU. UNFPA logos. The report will be structured as follows:

  • Executive Summary
  • Background of the DQA exercise
  • Methodology
  • Presentation of findings
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendices

7. Support from MSU

MSU will provide background documents, list of health facilities to be assessed, list of indicators and other SOPs, and arrange for meetings with the health facility staff. Accommodation and transport (within the study area) while in the field will all be borne by the consultant.

 8. How to apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, that details how their qualification and experience make them appropriate for the consultancy and a concept paper on how you intend to conduct the DQA exercise to Procurement at esther.kalule@mariestopes.or.ug and copied to andrew.gidudu@mariestopes.or.ug  deadline for receipt of the application is Thursday 10th November, 2016 by 5.00 pm.

#40YearsMSI: Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

 Background – About MSU

Marie Stopes Uganda is the largest and most specialized private provider of SRH services. MSU delivers services through a mutually-reinforcing, multi-channel approach to maximize impact and expand access.

What is the 40 years about?

This November, Marie Stopes International will be celebrating 40 years as the world’s largest provider of  high quality and affordable Reproductive Health Services.  #40YearsMSI

MSU has remained the provider of choice of Maternal and Reproductive Health Services for Ugandan women and men.  We continue to be deeply committed to our clients and therefore continually evolve to give them the best experience, and highest standard of clinical quality.

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What is MSU providing the public?

In celebration of the 40 years, MSU has decided to give back to its clients through providing free Family Planning services at all our centers on 4th and 5th November 2016.

Why Family Planning?

MSU strongly believes that Family Planning is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality.

Family planning improves the lives of women and children.  When parents space their births at least 3 years apart, children are less likely to get sick and more likely to survive beyond their 5th birthday; and women are less likely to have complications during childbirth.

Using family planning to delay the next pregnancy also allows the mother to pay attention to her children.  This is the best way to prevent accidents and injuries.  Children who are well looked after also usually eat better, are cleaner, and develop better both physically and mentally.

 What FP methods shall we be providing?

  • IUD or Coil: This is a long-term method that is effective for up to 12 years.  The coil is a small plastic T shaped wrapped with some copper wire that is inserted into a woman’s womb by a trained health worker.
  • Pills: Women can take a pill every day that contains a hormone that stops her body from releasing an egg each month.   Once she stops taking pills, her ovaries will begin releasing eggs each month again.
  • Injectables: A woman can take the same medicine that is contained in the pill through injections.  Each injection is good for 3 months.  So, the woman needs to return for an injection every 3 months.  When the woman wants to get pregnant again, she should stop the injections.
  • Implants: The same medicine that is contained in the injectables and pills in contained in 1 – 6 small plastic capsules.  A doctor or nurse inserts these capsules under the skin of a woman’s upper arm.  When the woman wants to get pregnant, she can have the implants removed.  Soon afterward, she will be able to get pregnant again.

Permanent Family Planning Methods:

  • Vasectomy: A doctor ties and cuts the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis.  So, the man can still perform sexually, but his semen will not have any sperm.  So, he will not be able to make a woman pregnant.
  • Tubal ligation: This is a permanent family planning method for women.  A doctor ties and cuts the tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the womb.  So, when the woman has sex again, the sperm will not be able to meet with the egg.  The woman will continue to menstruate as before.  But, she will not be able to have children.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR PREQUALIFICATION OF SUPPLIERS FOR MARIE STOPES UGANDA 2016/2017

Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) is a global organization providing personalized contraception and reproductive health services to men and women. Our local terms of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she is free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

MSU ran a pre-qualification advert for Goods/Supplies, Services and Works for a period of one year (2016 to 2017). We are inviting eligible and credible organizations.
Objectives and Scope
The objective of obtaining services of a Procurement Consultant is to assist in carrying out initial pre-qualification of eligible suppliers.
Methodology
The Consultant shall use the Technical Compliance Selection (TCS) approach that takes into consideration all illegibility criteria agreed upon and put forward by MSU in the advertisement for prequalification. This approach will help in ensuring that eligible, compliant and responsive bids are selected. The following steps will be followed during this exercise;
a. Sorting
b. Checking for Compliance/Eligibility
c. Evaluation of the Bids
d. Pre-qualification & Framework agreements
e. Final Report

Interested organizations should provide information demonstrating that they are eligible and possess the required qualifications to perform the services supported with relevant documentation.
The assignment is estimated to last 6 weeks.

Interested firms should submit the following documentation to accompany their Expression of interest;
1. Company Profile.
2. Memorandum and Articles of Association.
3. Valid Tax Clearing Certificate.
4. Audited Accounts for the last two (2) years.
5. Certificate of Incorporation.
6. Valid Trading License.
7. Powers of Attorney (if any).
8. Reference of Previous works in this regard (LPOs or Contracts). Expression of Interest in English (1 original plus two copies) must be submitted in sealed envelopes clearly marked on an outer envelope as Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services for Prequalification of Suppliers for MSU 2016/2017 and addressed to; The Procurement & Logistics Unit, Marie Stopes Uganda, Plot 1020 Kisugu – Muyenga, P. O. Box 10431, KAMPALA. The EOI documents should be placed inside the Tender Box situated in the MSU Procurement Office on or before the close of Monday 31st October /2016 AT 4.00 PM

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR SCALING UP USAGE OF LONG ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTIVES (LARC) AND PROVISION OF POST-ABORTION CARE (PAC) SERVICES AT 20 SELECTED DISTRICTS IN UGANDA

 

GOAL
Contribute to the increase of the national IUD-specific CPR from 0.5% (in 2011) to 3% (in 2018) and reduce maternal mortality related to abortions.

OBJECTIVES
 To increase the number of facilities (all levels) in the public sector, that can offer quality Family planning services including LARCs, in 20 districts, by the end of the year 2016.
 To increase the number of facilities (all levels) in the public sector, that can offer quality PAC services using Misoprostol, in 20 districts, by the end of the year 2016
 To strength coordination, by the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), of Family Planning (FP) stakeholders on LARCs in 20 Districts by the end of the year 2016.
 To increase uptake of Family Planning services including LARCs, in 20 districts, by the end of the year 2016.
DELIVERABLES
1. Inception report to demonstrate understanding of the assignment.
2. List of facilities that can offer quality Family planning services including LARCs (i.e. with at least 2 services especially midwives trained on FP including LARCs, with no stock-outs for FP commodities all methods, proper FP record keeping, space in the facility for FP service provision that meets standards for infection prevention and privacy).
3. List of facilities that can offer quality PAC services using Misoprostol (i.e. with at least 2
services especially midwives trained on PAC using Misoprostol, with no stock-outs for Misoprostol, proper PAC-related record keeping, space in the facility for PAC service provision that meets standards for infection prevention and privacy).
4. Minutes of the District FP coordination meetings.
5. Bottleneck analysis to service delivery, indicating gaps and proposed strategies to address them.
6. M&E plan for data capture.
7. Quarterly report showing number of FP clients served by method and by facility.
8. End of the project report.

Dowload the full document here: consultancy-tors

PRE-QUALIFICATION OF PROVIDERS FOR GOODS, SERVICES AND WORKS FOR MARIE STOPES UGANDA

PREFACE
Pre-qualification is a pre-tender process that provides for a short-list of providers from which providers are obtained to bid. Pre-qualification is used where works, services or supplies are of a routine nature or bidding is for a group of similar contracts. Pre-qualification shall be open to all providers and providers shall be invited using a pre-qualify notice.
A pre-qualification notice shall be published in at least one publication of wide circulation to ensure effective competition.
The pre-qualification document is divided into:
• Part I: General Part
• Part II: Instructions to Bidders
• Part III: Preparation of Applications
• Part IV: Submission of Applications
• Part V: Evaluation of Applications
• Part VI: Pre-qualification
Appendices:
A: Application Submission Sheet
B: Statement of Requirements
C: Evaluation Criteria

Download full document here: msu-prequalification-document-v1-msu-oct-2016

 

International Youth Day 2016

In celebration of the International Youth day on August 12, 2016, Marie Stopes launched and opened up its Youth corner for young people at Kavule Health Center. This was witnessed by a number of youth leaders from various organisations.  The day was celebrated with pomp and colour as various youth showcased their talents in music, dance and drama.

Youth taking part in a dance challenge at Kavule centre

Youth taking part in a dance challenge at Kavule centre

Marie Stopes Uganda has set up 2 youth friendly spaces in Kampala and Tororo district with the aim of attracting youth to receive information and SRH services like contraceptives use, condoms and STI management. The facilities are set up in a way that promotes an atmosphere of relaxation and are fully equipped with games like table tennis, quizzes, reading materials, education videos and refreshments.

The youth spaces are meant to engage youth through interaction with peer educator counselors and youth volunteers trained in providing youth friendly services. At the youth space, learning activities on primary preventive approaches like contraceptive use to prevent unintended pregnancies and HIV/AIDS are done with the participation of youth themselves which allows expression of their views on issues that affect them.

vicky's dilema

Youth watching “Vicky’s dilemma” at the youth corner.

This platform equips youth with correct knowledge and shapes a positive attitude towards health choices not limited to safe sex practices but also life skills and a positive shift in health seeking behaviors.

Youth Friendly spaces are a popular way of passing knowledge to youth which eventually improves their demand for SRH services and is credited most for the friendly interaction that allows active participation of both service provider and youth participants.

World Population Day Celebrations

Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate World Population day on 11th July 2016. Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world; over 78% are under 30 years old. According to the State of Uganda Population Report 2012, Ugandan youth remain at a significant risk of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and unwanted pregnancy.

Investing in Young people’s Sexual Reproductive Health has a direct contribution towards improving their livelihoods. This can be through availing timely Reproductive Health Information, education and services.

To mark World Population Day, Marie Stopes Uganda is conducting a community awareness drive in  Mbarara, Hoima and Kabale. The health awareness community  drive are an opportunity for the public to learn about world population day with regards to their reproductive health. MSU will also be disseminating key health promotion messages in various towns as well as offering free family planning counselling, breast cancer and blood pressure examination. Other services will be at half price at our centers on the day’s below;

Mbarara – 10th and 11th July

Hoima – 15th and 16th July

Kabale – 22nd and 23rd July

MSU  will also be conducting;

–             Community Drives  highlighting Family Planning messages.

–             Free Information Education Communication (IEC) materials on facts on the hotline, and cervical cancer.

–             Cervical cancer screening

–             And HIV testing and counselling.

–             Free physical examination by health workers.

Please call the toll free hotline on 0800220333 for more information.

 

Youth Friendly Spaces Launched In Centres

It is estimated that approximately only 50% of the youth do not use health facilities due to lack of youth friendly services. Many youths fear to discuss SRH issues due to stigma from the health staff, others fear to disclose their conditions to due to traditional factors.

Marie Stopes Uganda has set up 2 youth friendly spaces in Kampala and Tororo district with the aim of attracting youth to receive information and SRH services like contraceptives use, condoms and STI management. The facilities are set up in a way that promotes an atmosphere of relaxation and are fully equipped with games like table tennis, quizzes, reading materials,DSC_0187 education videos and refreshments.

The youth spaces are meant to engage youth through interaction with peer educator counselors and youth volunteers trained in providing youth friendly services.

At the youth space, learning activities on primary preventive approaches like contraceptive use to prevent unintended pregnancies and HIV/AIDS are done with the participation of youth themselves which allows expression of their views on issues that affect them.

This platform equips youth with correct knowledge and shapes a positive attitude towards health choices not limited to safe sex practices but also life skills and a positive shift in health seeking behaviors.

Youth Friendly spaces are a popular way of passing knowledge to youth which eventually improves their demand for SRH services and is credited most for the friendly interaction that allows active participation of both service provider and youth participants.

Marie Stopes International at 2016 Women Deliver Conference

From May 16-19, experts from around the world traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to take part in the Women Deliver conference. A delegation from Marie Stopes proudly participated in this year’s conference, sharing their knowledge at some of our sessions and running our exciting photo exhibition, “Universal access: One woman at a time.”

Thanks to the successes of Women Deliver’s three previous conferences- London (2007), Washington, DC (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2013)- the 2016 Conference was highly anticipated. This meeting gathered world leaders, advocates, policymakers, young people, journalists and researchers across geographic regions and development sectors. Together, they demonstrated the power of putting girls and women at the forefront of development efforts. The 2016 Conference focused on the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to implement them as they relate to women and girls, with a specific focus on health. In particular, how the SDGs relate to the maternal, sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls around the world, with an emphasis on the inter-connectedness of women’s health, gender equality, education, economic empowerment and the environment.

Marie Stopes International was proud to attend the 2016 Women Deliver Conference; we are sent a delegation comprising MSI staff members from across our global partnership- Uganda, the U.S., China, Kenya, the U.K. and more.

Did you be attend Women Deliver 2016? If so, we hope that you enjoyed at our sessions and visited our photo exhibition, “Universal access: One woman at a time” at the exhibition hall C2, stand 012.

Vodaphone joins Marie Stopes in boosting reproductive health among University Students

Marie Stopes Uganda, in conjunction with Hostalite Cyber Academy and Vodafone have organised the first ever inter-university hackathon on health with emphasis on sexual reproductive health due to take place on 13th and 14th May in Kampala.

 

 

Dickson Mushabe- Regional Manager Hostalite Ltd and Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda receive the shs8 million dummy cheque from Jackie Namara Rukare- Marketing Manager Vodafone Uganda for their joint partnership challenge dubbed “Hackathon” at the Vodafone head office.

Dickson Mushabe- Regional Manager Hostalite Ltd and Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda receive the shs8 million dummy cheque from Jackie Namara Rukare- Marketing Manager Vodafone Uganda for their joint partnership challenge dubbed “Hackathon” at the Vodafone head office.

 

The hackathon that has attracted local developers and innovators from 12 universities across Uganda, is in response to the growing commitment to leverage information and communication technologies to empower young people, complimenting Marie Stopes Uganda’s ongoing work in the area of reproductive health.

Speaking at the launch of the Challenge today, Faith N. Kyateka, the Communications and External Relations Manager, Marie Stopes Uganda, said, “Reaching young people with Sexual Reproductive Health information and services is one of the key focal priorities of Marie Stopes Uganda. This is because youth makeup majority of Uganda’s population. Developing an APP is therefore essential because 80% of youth in Uganda have access to media through mobile phones.”

Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda shows to the press a copy of the medical card that will be rewarded to winners of the “Hackathon”, an app innovation challenge hosted by Vodafone Uganda, Marie Stopes and Hostalite E.A.

Faith N. Kyateka- Communications and External Relations manager Marie Stopes Uganda shows to the press a copy of the medical card that will be rewarded to winners of the “Hackathon”, an app innovation challenge hosted by Vodafone Uganda, Marie Stopes and Hostalite E.A.

Each university will be represented by four individuals and the winning team will walk away with mega prizes in addition to 3 months incubation at the Hostalite Cyber Academy, and exposure to funding from Marie Stopes Innovation fund.