HIV remains a critical health issue in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a mixed HIV epidemic with national HIV prevalence of 1.2% and urban prevalence of 3.2% which is six-fold higher than rural areas (0.6%). As per the `HIV Related Estimates and Projections for Ethiopia,? July 2015, the overall adult HIV prevalence rate in SNNPR is 0.76%. The male to female ratio in the adult 15+ age group is 1:1.7 showing that women in general are disproportionately affected by HIV as compared with men. The current estimates and projections signifies the high need of scaling-up the comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services in the region to reduce new HIV infections and bring back the epidemic control.The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Application (FOA) is to ensure continuity of quality comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services for controlling HIV in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and to further build on the transition of the full scope of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services to the ownership of the SNNPR Health Bureau (SNNP RHB). The funding from this application will continue to support SNNP RHB to strengthen its technical and managerial capacity and implement antiretroviral therapy (ART), prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), sexually transmitted infections (STI), care and support, TB/HIV, HIV testing and counseling (HTC), laboratory system strengthening, blood safety, health systems and strategic information (SI) program activities. With this FOA the transition to local ownership will be consolidated.Implementation of clinical services will focus on geographic areas with high disease burden and support health facilities with high patient load. Through this FOA, the program is expected to improve access to and quality integrated HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services, enhance identification of new HIV positives and linkage, increase ART service coverage, improve p
atient monitoring and survival, decrease new HIV transmission, enhance health system capacity to sustain quality HIV program intervention and improve efficient use of resources. The SNNPRHB will implement several strategies and activities to achieve FOA objectives; Performance measure and evaluation processes are outlined for the monitoring and evaluation of the project performance in relation to the overall goal and program specific objectives. In doing so, collaboration with relevant stakeholders is considered to bring the maximum program impact through efficient use of available resources. Budget details with justifications are made for activities within the project scope and plan. In this regard, the SNNP RHB will exercise its ample experience in implementing project funds and grants obtained from different international partners and has five years? experience managing direct fund from CDC/PEPFAR. SNNPRHB will ensure that PEPFAR?s COP geographic prioritization and other targeting and prioritization to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals by 2020 are adhered to fighting against HIV/AIDS. These interventions will contribute to the reduction of HIV related morbidity and mortality and ultimately reach the AIDS free generation by 2030.