This Health Programme Western Provinces: CDC & HIV/AIDS Component was part of a larger cooperation between the Chinese and German government. Beginning in 2002, the Chinese government had initiated a programme of improving and standardising the performance of institutions central to the prevention and control of diseases on the provincial, prefectural, and city level. The initiative aimed at improving the infrastructure and equipment of Centres for Disease Control (CDCs) with the intention of improving the quantity and quality of testing and surveillance activities undertaken.
The overall goal of this programme was therefore to contribute to the improvement of the health situation in six provinces and two autonomous regions of China. For the CDC component, the specific objective was to improve diagnosis, prevention, and control of diseases through strengthening of testing, diagnosing, and surveillance services of the CDC laboratories at the provincial, prefectural and city level. For the HIV/AIDS component, the specific objective was to further enhance the CDC’s HIV-surveillance, the voluntary counselling and testing, and in consequence, the prevention of HIV transmission.
For the first component (CDC) the services provided were the preparation and implementation of a tender procedure for the procurement of laboratory and other equipment worth up to €60 million; while the Consultant prepared the technical aspects of the tender, including the technical specifications, the window company representing the purchasing CDCs prepared the administrative portion of the documents. The recipients were over 220 CDCs of various level in a total of 8 provinces: Gansu, Guizhou, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang. For the second component (HIV/AIDS) laboratory equipment worth up to €7 million was procured for laboratories which undertook HIV/AIDS-related testing, including for National AIDS Referral Laboratory located in Beijing.
In order to prepare the technical documents, the Consultant assessed and finalised the request lists of the purchasing CDCs, elaborated the general technical conditions, assisted in answering bidders’ requests for clarification, as well as supporting the window companies during the tender evaluation, and in the elaboration of the supply contracts. Throughout the project, there was continual close cooperation with the end-users, the window companies, and the Ministries of Finance and Health.