Seven health partnerships have been awarded funding under our Africa Grants Programme, supported by Johnson & Johnson.

THET is pleased to announce that seven successful health partnerships have been awarded funding through our Africa Grants Programme (AGP), supported by Johnson & Johnson. Our long relationship with Johnson & Johnson and their continued commitment to improving care in Africa has enabled us to continue to support partnerships between health professionals in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. Grantees will help strengthening the healthcare workforce overseas by training health workers in surgical and anaesthetic care and community health, particularly within maternal and disability care.

THET has previously worked with Johnson & Johnson to manage the Strengthening Surgical Capacity programme. Projects under this scheme focused on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring surgical intervention and/or enhancing patient safety as a result of improved anaesthetic care.  Under this scheme 555 health professionals have been trained helping to improve care to thousands of patients.  

The following projects have been awarded under the AGP, and each will run for twelve months.

Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust (CIPCT) - Action Sahara pour la Santé, l’Innovation, le Développement et l’Éducation, which has been in partnership since 2014, aims to train 75 health workers and reach 3500 patients help increase the capacity to provide basic palliative care in Mauritania.

Lifebox and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre have been in partnership since 2012. The aim of the project is to reduce surgical complications and mortality by 40% by training seventy nurses, four anaesthesia registrars and seven anaesthesia clinical officers. In addition, to distribute 107 units of Lifebox oximetres to six KCMC hospitals, along with implementing the surgical safety checklist. This will support change in safety practice beyond KCMC itself.

University of Oxford and The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa COSECSA, will train 100 doctors and 20 nurses to implement a self-perpetuating primary trauma care teaching programme for Sudan.  Currently, Sudan’s road accident rate is 33 per 100,000 population and road accidents are responsible for 3.6% of all deaths, totalling 9312 in 2014.

The Kambia Appeal and the Kambia District Health Management team, which began in 1992, aims to strengthening the capacity of maternal and child healthcare services at Primary Health Units in Kambia District, Sierra Leone.  The project aims to provide training and support to 32 Maternal & Child Health Aides (MCHAs) Trainer/Assessors, 158 MCHAs, and sixty trainee MCHAs, and estimates the number of patients who will access the improved service during the project to be 22,569 pregnant women, 7,989 babies delivered and 160,835 under 5 years old treated patients during the project totalling in 191,393.

The Powys Molo health link, who have been working together in Kenya since 2007, aims to train and develop Community Health Worker's capacity to identify and support disabled children, and their families, enabling their inclusion in community life. These trainees will train 100 CHWs to identify disabled children within their locality.  It is envisaged that this will generate 1,000 referrals to Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and other services.

Chelsea and Westminster NHS foundation trust and Kitovu hospital, Masaka Uganda, aims to improve the quality of maternal and neonatal healthcare in rural communities through directed training, reducing the number of maternal and new born deaths and illnesses. The project will train 78 local health workers and for 12,190 patients to access this service over two years.

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Foundation, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi have worked together for over 10 years. Their project aims to increase the capacity of anaesthesia providers to deliver SAFE obstetric anaesthesia care in Malawi. They plan to train 90 Anaesthesia providers who will reach 1800 patients during the project.


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