Unitaid Call for Proposals: Preventing Deaths from Cervical Cancer


Apply By:  20/06/2018

Unitaid has announced a new Call for Proposals for the area for intervention: Optimizing management of coinfections and comorbidities in people living with HIV.

Specifically, Unitaid seeks to accelerate access and scale use of optimal tools for cervical cancer secondary prevention in low- and middle-income countries.

The objective of this call for proposals is to identify projects that can address access barriers, catalyse the market for, and support adoption of improved tools for managing the disease at the pre-cancer stage, thereby reducing the increasing death toll due to cervical cancer in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in general, and in particular in HIV-coinfected women. By making the global and country response to early detection of cervical cancer more efficient, Unitaid will be contributing to the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem, as called upon by WHO in this World Health Assembly, May 2018.


Under this call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for the following interventions with a view to advancing innovative cervical cancer screening and treatment tools, enabling the paradigm change for screening and treatment programs in LMICs:

  • Catalyzing a market for optimal products for cervical cancer screening and treatment in LMICs by addressing access barriers (market entry, affordability) for the most promising new technologies (molecular tests, other new tests and self-collector devices, point-of-care (POC) treatment devices);
  • Supporting introduction of these products in selected early-adopter countries through integrated approaches, and identifying the most effective delivery channels to support future scale-up and maximize impact and value-for-money.
Note : Unitaid does not specify minimum or maximum grant sizes, nor does it specify the ceiling of funding available for a given call for proposals. The Unitaid Board considers funding size in light of Unitaid’s strategy and existing portfolio of projects, which are described on our website. Proponents are advised to consult these documents to have a sense of how their ideas for an intervention may fit with Unitaid’s funding model and strategy. As a general principle, Unitaid aims to fund projects that are ‘lean’ – that is, scoped at the minimum size required to achieve the desired market impact or public-health effects, and that demonstrate value for money.