Request for Proposals for Digital Solutions for Malaria Elimination

Published May 10th, 2018

To provide countries with a comprehensive malaria information system, a consortium of programmatic and technical partners including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the University of Oslo (UiO), Vital Wave, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has come together to develop and roll out digital solutions. These solutions will include mobile tools and enhancements to DHIS2 (the de facto health management information system and malaria surveillance platform in many countries). Vital Wave is managing the selection of mobile tool partners by means of this Request for Proposals (RFP).

Surveillance systems are the backbone of malaria elimination programs, providing information on where and how transmission occurs and how to target interventions. However, countries face substantial technical challenges in rolling out integrated case-based information systems that collect timely, high-quality data and facilitate appropriate decision-making for elimination. To address these technical challenges, the consortium assessed existing surveillance systems in order to identify gaps that can be addressed with enhancements to DHIS2 and selected mobile tools.

To inform technical requirements for software development, in-depth interviews with malaria programs, end users, and technology experts were conducted globally and in three regions – Greater Mekong Sub-region, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Mesoamerica and Hispaniola. These findings are represented in detail in the Digital Solutions for Malaria Elimination Software Requirements document and its associated appendices here. Note that the Software Requirements document is a living document that may be updated with new requirements and user stories over time.

With the consolidation of these findings and requirements for software development, partners are being selected to apply digital solutions to the problems highlighted, including case detection, notification, and investigation; focus investigation; and intervention activities. These solutions will be user tested, piloted, and rolled out in ten countries across regions to strengthen existing surveillance systems – in addition to being made globally available as a digital toolkit for malaria surveillance.

This RFP seeks to identify technical partners that have mature, open-source mobile platforms (or licenses that can be extended to public use mobile platforms) that, with additional investment, could be enhanced to support the requirements detailed in the Software Requirements document. The ideal mobile platform for each scope of work detailed below is one that is already used at scale in numerous countries for similar use cases (e.g., for health programs or disease areas other than malaria) and has similar requirements to those outlined in the Software Requirements document in its existing software development roadmap. This investment will catalyze the enhancement of such systems in order to optimize and speed up development rather than creating a tool from scratch.

This RFP is focused only on the technical enhancement of mobile platforms and iterative testing with grant partners. Pilot-testing, configuration, and deployment of country-specific applications of the enhanced mobile platforms constitute a separate effort that will be driven by National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) in up to ten countries, supported by CHAI country offices and other in-country implementing partners through alternate means of funding. While NMCPs will drive this effort, technical partners selected from this RFP are expected to be heavily involved in the design, build, and pilot testing of country-specific applications in two-to-three priority countries through separate funding for implementation. The details related to country selection and piloting (e.g., budget for any required travel by technical partners to priority countries) will be discussed separately with selected partners.

The envisioned solution is comprised of multiple, interoperable digital tools that are also linked to DHIS2 as described in the separate scopes of work below. Bidding organizations are encouraged to form consortia and submit joint proposals if appropriate.

The attached RFP details key dates, evaluation criteria, and the process for bidders to submit clarifying questions. Proposals must be emailed to Vital Wave on or before May 29, no later than midnight Pacific Daylight Time to: Derek Treatman, Director, Technology Solutions, Vital Wave, at, with a copy to Brendan Smith, VP, Professional Services, Vital Wave, at

Eligibility Criteria

Applying organizations or consortia must have had experience

1. Developing mobile tech tools for public health data collection and/or visualization, AND
2. Deploying or having these digital tools deployed for malaria surveillance in multiple countries

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