Globally 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2016, in India as per 2015 estimates 26 out of every 10,000 adults (15-49 years) are estimated to be HIV positive. Some of the primary HIV prevention activities in India are focused on groups called key populations (KP) who have the highest risk of contracting and transmitting HIV. These include Female Sex Workers (FSWs), Men having Sex with Men (MSM), People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs) and Transgenders (TG). HIV prevention activities have also focused on Bridge Populations, mainly clients or partners of male and female sex workers and are at the risk of contracting HIV, for example, the section of truckers and migrant workers. Both KPs and bridge populations are provided with specialized prevention services and messages through Targeted Interventions (TIs).
The National AIDS Control Program (NACP) has maintained a large focus on physical and site-based intervention i.e. intervention takes places at physical places where key populations and bridge populations (migrants and truck drivers) are available in person. While this may be the most suitable outreach in most cases even today, it is being increasingly observed that there is a trend among interested population to use newer and technology-driven means to access other interested partners for sexual encounters. Increasing number of sexually active populations have taken to these methods quite comfortably, and are not necessarily available on the physical sites for interactions and interventions. Additionally, there is a gap in knowledge about the nature, risk and vulnerability of the population accessing sexual networks through virtual space. To address this gap, the HIV prevention, care and support program should keep pace with diffusion of technology.
INCREASE RISK PERCEPTION
DRIVE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
DEMAND CREATION FOR HIV SERVICES
INCREASE ACCESS TO HIV SERVICES
The RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge has been launched with the objective of identifying compelling and unique solutions from agencies, NGOs, for-profit organizations and individuals with technological innovations in the virtual space to reach the unreached high-risk populations with awareness and generating demand for HIV related services. The chosen promising solution will be scaled-up and will have the potential to combat the epidemic and strengthen the national response to HIV and contribute in achieving the set targets for India by 2020.
The RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge will recognize and support innovations in one or more of the following areas:
The RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge seeks the most innovative problem-solvers to provide tech solutions and will help deploy the best idea by providing:
Grand Challenge will provide seed funds to up to five innovations for a period of six months for piloting and testing validity of the innovation. The total amount available for all the selected innovators (up to five) would be USD $250,000.
Transition to Scale Funding
Most promising solution(s) identified from the seed funding stage will be provided up to USD $250,000 to develop, refine, and rigorously test the impact of innovative solution. Transition to scale funds is subjected to the extension of the LINKAGES project.
Indicators for Success
A successful innovation for RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge will provide:
Solutions that demonstrates reach and impact
Solutions that specifies the number of people tested and treated for HIV
Solutions that through a specific algorithm-based denominator validates behavior change
Solutions that are off the beaten track, daring in its premise and should clearly be differentiated from standard practices
Solutions that can have a potential of substantial impact on one or more steps of continuum of HIV services i.e. prevention, care, support and treatment
Solutions to be scalable and have measurement metrics for monitoring and evaluations
Solutions that provide low-cost or highly cost-effective solutions
Stage I – Expression of Interest
All Expressions of Interest for seed funding must be submitted only through the online application platform; submissions will not be accepted via email. To submit the initial Expression of Interest, you must complete all the form fields that includes information about the innovation, the organization that is applying for funding and also upload all the necessary documents on the online application platform. A review committee will evaluate all applications received from the online platform and shortlist 15 applicants.
Stage II – Request for Proposal (RFP)
The 15 shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit detailed technical and financial proposals, for which an RFP will be shared and a Selection Committee comprising of subject matter experts, key stakeholders, and community representatives will evaluate them. This will lead to shortlisting 10 finalists who will appear before the selection panel for face-to-face assessments.
Stage – III Boot Camp
Our team will conduct an appraisal of the 10 shortlisted innovators to identify and understand their needs, gaps, and challenges. This will assist in preparing a list of key concerns and requirements for assessing technical capability, execution, revenue model, scalability, sustainability, replicability and overall cost-effectiveness. Based on this evaluation, the Mentorship Board at RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge will design and employ a customized capacity building assistance and offer the right mentorship for the semi-finalists. A three-day boot camp will be organized to guide the innovators on the challenges identified during the need assessment. At the end of this stage, in a showcase event, all semi-finalist innovators will have the opportunity to present their mock pitch to the Mentorship Board. They can use this opportunity to get feedback from the board on their respective pitch to address the gaps.
Stage – IV Selection of Final Five
The 10 finalist innovators will present their final pitch to the Selection Committee. Each presentation will be followed by an individual face-to-face interview and based on their overall performance during both, the presentation and interview, each member of the Selection Committee will provide a score along with comments to each innovator. The scores from all Selection Committee members will be compiled, and an average score will be calculated. After a thorough discussion on the review and comments, the Selection Committee will select and shortlist the five most suitable final innovators. These final five finalists will be recognized as RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge innovations and will be supported both, technically and financially.
22 Jan 2018
22 Mar 2018
Selection of the Finalists
30 Apr - 02 May 2018
Final Pitch to Selection Committee
31 May 2018
15 Mar 2018
EOI Submission Deadline
09 Apr 2018
RFP Submission Deadline
29 - 30 May 2018
01 Jun 2018
Selection of Final Three
01 Sep 2018
14 - 15 Sep 2018
18 Sep 2018
- 31 Mar 2019
01 - 12 May 2019
On-boarding of Finalists
External Evaluation of Innovators
03 Jun 2019
02 - 13 Sep 2018
16 - 18 Sep 2018
01 - 30 Apr 2019
15 May 2019
Development of the Monitoring framework
Finalization of the Monitoring Framework
Development of the Evaluation Framework
Selection Committee Review Meeting
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Selection of Finalists
FHI 360 compiled and enumerated scoring from all the jury members and after consultation with
NACO selected following applicants as finalist subject to clearance of Pre-award Assessment (PAT).
RethinkHIV Grand Challenge Winner 2019
Twistle’s innovation, Love Zodiac, uses a technological approach to engage users in virtual space at risk of contracting HIV. Twistle registered users onto the Love Zodiac platform. The registered users were sent educational content around HIV/AIDS, thus creating awareness about the need for testing.
Partnership to Catalyse Impact
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), FHI 360 and Taru Leading Edge (TARU) has decided to harness the power of partnerships to launch the RETHINK HIV Grand Challenge in India
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