The Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Public Health (PENAPH) is a partnership of organizations and individuals that seek to facilitate the continued development and application of participatory methods in epidemiology. PENAPH partners include animal health and public health organizations committed to one health and ecohealth approaches. The overall goal of PENAPH is to enhance epidemiological services in the developing world by making them more representative of and responsive to the needs of beneficiaries.
PENAPH membership is global. During the first three years of operation, PENAPH has contributed to the development of expertise throughout the world and has had requests from Africa, Asia and South America to contribute to the development of local networks and organizations that seek to sustain participatory approaches to epidemiology within the professional communities in their region. Recognizing the importance of local initiative, PENAPH has taken action to meet this grass-roots demand.
The PENAPH – Empowering National and Regional Stakeholders Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, provides financing to support up to three national or regional groups to undertake activities and solidify their organization.
Objective: To provide opportunities for national or regional groups to self-organize to carry out participatory epidemiology activities
Funding: Up to 3 applications will be funded. Maximum total budget per activity is 11,000 USD. Three thousand USD is available to support mentor involvement from one of the partner organizations. Co-funding of group activities from other on-going projects is encouraged.
Description: The proposals under this call should include activities that directly contribute to the self-organization of local partner groups that are eligible to become members of PENAPH. These activities can include group studies and/or workshops. One of the outputs must be a brief charter that describes the objective, membership and operating principals of the local partner. Existing organizations such as Universities, non-governmental organizations and regional organizations can propose to host the activity provided that a collaborative network approach is employed. The local organization can be informal (not a legal entity), however the financing arrangement will require either named individuals, or legal defined organization (such as a University) to take financial responsibility.
A mentor is defined as an experienced Participatory Epidemiology (PE) trainer from one of the PENAPH partner organizations who has overseen practical PE activities in the past. The role of the mentor is to provide guidance on proposal development, formation of the organization as well as design, implementation and analysis of any studies proposed. A separate fund is available to support developing country participation in the PENAPH Conference, so this does not have to be budgeted.
Examples of activities include:
- Inception workshops for a local organization
- Group PE studies that include formation of a local organization
- Working meetings to define curricula, develop proposals, etc.
Other activities or any combination of the above is possible.
- A local group and mentor team (Brief description of local group and mentor CV)
- A brief description of the candidates training in PE including the organization that implemented the training, the length of the training, key topics covered and the amount of practical field work including in the training
- The mentor comes from a partner organization and has demonstrated expertise in PE and group facilitation
- A two-page concept note detailing objective, relevance to development context, a summary description of the organization to be formed, the activity proposed, methodology and outputs
- A brief budget covering all costs requested from the project
- Brief report for presentation at the PENAPH Technical Workshop planned for December 2012
- Brief organizational charter describing objectives, membership and operating principals
- Report of workshop and or study activities
- Previous completion of a full PE introductory training workshop by participants.
- A mentor from a PENAPH partner organization
Primary evaluation criteria:
- Qualifications of Trainee/Mentor Team
- Quality of proposal
- Relevance of study topic to development context
- Level of mentor support
- Value added to other PENAPH activities
- Additional outputs proposed
Application Submission and Deadline:
Applications should be submitted to PENAPH through Jeff Mariner no later than February 24th, 2012. Submission should be made by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include; PENAPH National and Regional Organization Application in the subject line. Receipt will be confirmed. Decisions will be communicated within one month of closure of the application period.
You can read more about PENAPH and see announcements at www.penaph.net. To assure prompt notification of regarding calls for proposals and workshop developments, PENAPH suggests those interested visit the website and follow the link ‘Join our online community’ to join PENAPH.