Through the International Technical, Operational, and Professional Support Services III (ITOPSS 3.0) contract, QED Group works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The five-year contract, part of the U.S. government’s commitment to improving health around the world, has a ceiling of $250 million. As part of its global mandate, the CDC implements programs to prevent new HIV infections, improve care, support people affected by the virus, and build global capacity to fight the AIDS epidemic.
Through ITOPSS 3.0, QED Group directs field staff to carry out part of the mission for the CDC, “to promote the health and quality of life of people by preventing and controlling disease.” The field staff works within the scope of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). QED Group has fielded staff for six years under the previous program, ITOPSS 2.0.
Through the ITOPSS 2.0 contract, our long-term professional, technical, and operational staff worked to eradicate and control dangerous diseases, achieve immunization goals, improve laboratories, and strengthen national health systems. QED worked across CDC offices and ministries of health under 18 individual task orders in Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Namibia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Angola, Uganda, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gambia, Mauritania, Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Atlanta-HQ. QED implemented 19 task orders 20 countries—including Cameroon, Egypt, Laos, Namibia, and Vietnam—as well as CDC’s Atlanta headquarters. QED technical staff ranged from a public health pediatrician working with Cameroon’s Ministry of Health to scale-up programs related to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS(PMTCT), an OVC specialist working to decreased gender-based violence to address the needs of HIV infected AGYM, to a laboratory information specialist working with clinical and HIV labs in Vietnam. ITOPSS 2.0 staff are also supporting Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP) and related activities in 11 countries.