Pathogens Pathway Study

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PRO-WASH is calling on the WASH community to see where we can bring proven practices together with new research, innovative technologies, creative policies, and other approaches to develop affordable, sustainable solutions to meet the WASH needs of the vulnerable populations assisted by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) programming.  

For many, the household environment remains highly-contaminated, potentially exposing infants, youth, and children through contaminated food, water, soils, floors, and dirty objects. Growing evidence is reinforcing that, to ensure healthy growth and development, infants and young children need to be less exposed to feces in their environment. Even in the absence of diarrhea, fecal contamination affects nutrient absorption and young children’s resilience to fight infections.

This request for applications (RFA) is designed to provide innovative, context-specific research on strategies for interrupting fecal-oral transmission and reduce overall environmental contamination for the Nawiri (Mercy Corps) Resilience Food Security Activity in Northwestern Kenya. The resulting strategy from this RFA will be critical in supporting implementing partners to be able to validate which transmission pathways are most important in the specific context of Turkana and Samburu and to begin the process of piloting potentially promising, multi-sectoral WASH interventions.

Application Requirements

Along with requested supporting documents, all applicants shall submit a detailed proposal narrative that outlines the applicants’ understanding of the context and key challenges of the region and provides a comprehensive overview of the proposed approach to data collection for this pathogen transmission study. Save the Children will fund one award under this RFA up to $200,000 USD for a study period of up to eight months beginning in early 2021.

For more details about this request for applications, please refer to the documents below:

Request for Applications (RFA): Pathogens Pathway Study for Children under two years old in Northwestern Kenya
Attachment 1: Application Template
Attachment 2: Detailed Budget Template
Attachment 3: Budget Narrative
Attachment 4: USAID Standard Provisions for FAAs for NGO

Submission Deadline

Submissions are due by 5 PM ET on Friday, February 5, 2021. Applications (to include proposal and detailed budget) must be submitted electronically to  .


Questions on this RFA may be submitted in writing before Friday, January 22, 2021 with “Pathogens Pathways Study for Samburu North and Turkana South” in the subject line and should be copied to Answers to submitted questions will be posted to the FSN Network website ( by Monday, January 25, 2021.


Resourcing for this sub-award is provided through PRO-WASH, a five-year USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded activity that aims to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of WASH practices across all BHA-funded development and emergency food security activities. PRO-WASH works to improve the impact, sustainability, and scalability of BHA’s programming in WASH through activities focused on knowledge sharing, capacity-strengthening, and capturing best practices in WASH programming.

*PRO-WASH, Save the Children Federation, and/or USAID reserves the right to modify or cancel any planned or released RFAs.