Case studies from the Health Partnership Scheme focusing on all aspects of project work from M&E to clinical care.

Tailored volunteer support

Tailored volunteer support

Volunteer support and preparation is essential for the effectiveness of many health partnerships. This case study illustrates how The Global Links Programme tailored its training course to provide thorough preparation for volunteers. It can provide considerations for you to think through when setting up your own volunteer training programme.

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Tackling alcohol abuse in Ghana

Tackling alcohol abuse in Ghana

The partnership between NHS Highland and the Upper West Region Ghana Health Service is addressing the issue of alcohol dependency in rural Ghana. Continue reading to learn about training they have given to strengthen specialist mental health services for alcohol addiction and how this programme has provided mutual benefits to both partner teams.

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Prioritising palliative care in Africa

Prioritising palliative care in Africa

The partnership between the University of Edinburgh, the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), and the Makerere University Palliative Care Unit (MPCU) works on strengthening and integrating palliative care into national health systems through a public health primary care approach in 4 African countries to meet the targets of MDG goal 6.

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Building professional capacity to improve child health in Palestine

Building professional capacity to improve child health in Palestine

The partnership between the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Al Quds Medical School provides a pathway for health care professionals to receive specialised training in child health. By empowering and enabling local tutors to teach the Masters in Child Health Programme, this partnership is building the professional capacity to improve overall child health in Palestine.

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Training & capacity development for colposcopy & cervical pathology in  Nepal

Training & capacity development for colposcopy & cervical pathology in Nepal

The partnership between Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, the Maternity Hospital in Kathmandu, the National Public Health Laboratory, PHASE NGO, and the Nepal Network for Cancer Treatment and Research NGO is attempting to reduce mortality rates due to cervical cancer in women in Nepal by training a strong team of colposcopists and supporting a country-wide cervical screening programme.

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The value of data

The value of data

Dr Lisk, UK Health Partnership Coordinator, describes data gathering for project M&E from Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone clinics, health centres, and hospitals

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Value for Money and Health Partnerships

Value for Money and Health Partnerships

International development donors, such as DFID, are increasingly asking us to demonstrate and explain the impact of our work in value for money terms. Here we introduce the topic and share the case studies we commissioned to explore the ways in which health partnerships demonstrate value for money.

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Assessing needs to create effective plans

Assessing needs to create effective plans

A needs assessment has the potential to be a dusty document, produced with good intentions and then forgotten. Not so for the collaboration between NHS Highland and partners in Ghana and Zambia who are reducing health harm caused by alcohol.

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Aligning partnership plans with an institution’s strategic plan

Aligning partnership plans with an institution’s strategic plan

The partnership between Royal College of Midwives and Ugandan Private Midwives Association worked together to ensure that their project plan was relevant to the UPMA's strategic plan. As they explain, communication is key to getting this right and the process of aligning project with strategy is an on-going one.

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Recognising health system challenges

Recognising health system challenges

Every partnership involved in health system strengthening will encounter barriers and challenges. The approach taken by the Global Links Volunteer Programme is to develop a culture in which it is acceptable to talk frankly about those barriers so that they can be addressed or accepted.

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Building a strong interdisciplinary team

Building a strong interdisciplinary team

The Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership includes medical and nursing staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, as well as managerial and administrative staff. Each discipline has skills and experience to offer the partnership as well as the patients in their care.

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An equitable partnership – defining roles and sharing responsibilities

An equitable partnership – defining roles and sharing responsibilities

Starting with a needs assessment, the partnership between Royal College of Nurses and the Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation could decide on priorities and plans and use their steering committees to define roles and responsibilities.

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Developing a respectful partnership

Developing a respectful partnership

For the Butabika Partnership, understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses is built into the way in which they deliver their work, from informal feedback to more formal debriefing sessions. Here they explain the partnership's approach and how it has benefitted them.

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Governance structures in Dodoma and London

Governance structures in Dodoma and London

The partnership between Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Mirembe Hospital Tanzania has carefully planned its governance structure to include committees with broad membership, accountability to senior personnel in their institutions, and champions responsible for the different strands of their work.

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Managing risk in South Africa

Managing risk in South Africa

For Improving Global Health (IGH) through Leadership Development programme, managing risks is more than just completing a register; the partnership has developed formal processes for close management of NHS volunteers so that their placements can be as benefical as possible for them and their host institution.

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Innovative training in Zambia

Innovative training in Zambia

Lectures, case-based discussions, critical incident meetings, a journal club, and acting out emergency scenarios; the ZADP partnership has many approaches to training and education.

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Developing a culture of learning in Malawi

Developing a culture of learning in Malawi

For the York-Zomba partnership, it began with designing their monitoring and evaluation system collaboratively so that all stakeholders were committed to the principle of learning and how monitoring and evaluation is integral to it.

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Collaborating with NGOs to deliver projects

Collaborating with NGOs to deliver projects

Setting out to improve and expand cervical screening and treatment for women screened in hospital and rural screening camps.

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