Please find attached Request for Information (RFI) No. RFI-WCC-TZ-2020-002, Implementation Research Case Studies: Approaches to Advance Respectful and Compassionate Care.

Some of the first implementation science activities that captured the prevalence of mistreatment during facility-based childbirth along with efforts to advance respectful maternity care took place in Tanzania and Kenya within the last decade. The initial studies supported by the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) project yielded critical evidence that helped fuel additional studies and a national dialogue around making respectful maternity care (RMC) a priority in Tanzania. From June 2016 to-date, significant policy advocacy efforts have facilitated continued action to ensure respectful care in Tanzania such as the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children’s National Guidelines on Respectful and Compassionate Nursing and Midwifery Care (November 2017) and the National Guideline for Gender and Respectful Care Mainstreaming and Integration Across RMNCAH services in Tanzania (June 2019). Given the former, what is needed now is evidence-informed guidance on what approaches are successful, why, and how to implement interventions to address respectful care at scale.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit short proposals from Tanzania-based 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 COVID-19—specifically in Tanzania.

The RFI is the first step in the process to identify and eventually make awards to support embedded case studies within existing efforts. The ultimate goal is to contribute to global knowledge about what works and how promising approaches may be brought to scale and what critical adaptations are necessary when faced with a global pandemic.

Deadline for questions: August 19, 2020 5:00 PM (EDT)
Questions by email ONLY to:

Closing date and time for applications: August 27, 2020 5:00 PM (EDT)
Applications must be emailed to:

Contact: Danielle Charlet, MD, PhD