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Please find attached Request for Information (RFI) RFI-WCC-2020-001, Implementation Research Case Studies: Approaches to Advance Respectful Woman-Centered Care.

The HEARD Project seeks to co-fund the documentation and analysis of existing implementer-driven efforts to advance woman-centered respectful care. Promising approaches generally refer to interventions that have potential to successfully advance policies, advocacy, systemic or interpersonal actions, facility-based and/or community driven efforts to improve respectful environments of care. (Reference the Annex for more information on approaches). Woman-centered respectful care approaches, for this purpose, span interventions that target antenatal care, maternity care and postnatal care and could, for example, include policy, advocacy, program (facility or community-based), training and mentoring interventions.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need for adaptable health systems and approaches that ensure accessibility and availability of high-quality essential maternity services. Implementation science, or the study of real-life implementation of policies and programs, has never been more critical. Rapid documentation and sharing of information on how to maintain essential maternity services and respectful care—even in the context of a global crisis—is critical for maintaining progress toward national and global health goals.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit short applications from partnerships between implementation assistance entities and local research institutions that demonstrate an opportunity to generate implementation research case studies that capture learning around how and why specific promising approaches advance respectful care within and beyond the context of a global pandemic such as COVID19.

The HEARD Project will issue awards for IR case study development to achieve the following objectives: 1. Document existing or recently1 completed implementation efforts to increase the evidence base around how to deliver woman-centered respectful care approaches (including implications for or resulting from COVID-19) in LMIC settings; 2. Support local implementation science partnerships to document and assess how implementation approaches can be institutionalized, sustained, and replicated in other contexts; 3. Leverage the process of case study development to engage and inform local stakeholders about the process and outcomes of the case study and support evidence needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Deadline for Questions: September 23, 2020 5:00 PM (EDT)
Questions by email ONLY to: heard@urc-chs.com.

Closing date and time for applications: October 2, 2020 5:00 PM (EDT)
Applications must be emailed to: heard@urc-chs.com.

Contact: Danielle Charlet, MD, PhD