Tuberculosis Implementation Framework Agreement (Tifa)

The JSI will focus on countries where USAID can invest in the host government`s TB priorities through a rigorous scholarship program and encourage collaborative and local TB efforts. JSI will work with local partners such as the Local Network of TB Organizations to create a decentralized and effective response that will accelerate countries` progress in eliminating TB. The five-year, $300 million program will build on USAID`s investments in TB programming while leading a fundamental change to build countries` ability to plan, fund, monitor and maintain their own high-quality TB programs on their path to self-sufficiency. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been the world leader in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) for more than 20 years and funds TB control efforts in more than 50 countries. Efforts began in 1998 with a strategy of technical assistance to countries; Extend the treatment and short course strategy (DOTS) directly observed; The introduction of new drugs and diagnostic devices; to promote international cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from qualified entities to implement the Framework Agreement on the Implementation of Tuberculosis (TIFA) with the intention of concluding up to two cooperation agreements. Permission for this premium is not limited. Through TIFA, JSI will support the U.S. government through grants and develop partnerships with local authorities, the private sector and other stakeholders in 24 priority countries to develop and manage local TB prevention, detection and treatment solutions. Ultimately, the program will strengthen and maintain the ownership and accountability of countries in TB efforts. The Framework Agreement on the Implementation of Tuberculosis (TIFA) is a key component of USAID Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis.

USAID`s investments are most successful when coupled and consistent with strong commitments from other governments and partners. To accelerate action, TIFA will mobilize additional resources from priority countries to meet the UN target of treating 40 million people by 2022. TIFA will focus on countries with high TB burdens, where USAID already has existing partnerships and where the Agency could reschedule funds to better coordinate with host government partners to deliver performance-based outcomes to achieve the overall goal. This is a change in approach to ensure that USAID is working to effectively and effectively end TB in a sustainable manner. TIFA will focus on locally generated solutions that will reframe USAID`s response to TB to patients and communities to meet diagnostic, treatment and prevention needs, and to combat stigma and discrimination.

2022 International Temperate Reefs Symposium

The International Temperate Reefs Symposium will be held in Australia’s southern most state, Tasmania. The Symposium will be held in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th January 2022.

The ITRS is the premier conference for marine scientists with a focus on temperate hard-bottom habitats. The scope is broad and captures natural rocky reefs, man-made structures, and biogenic surfaces. Ecology is a key focus, but the meeting also caters for other scientific disciplines relevant to temperate reef biology including biogeochemistry, genetics, oceanography, remote sensing, biogeography and management, not to mention the vast array of interdisciplinary links.

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