THET has awarded grants to eight Health Partnerships to deliver projects to strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) in African & Asian countries.

Eight Health Partnerships have received funding as part of a new grant stream under the Health Partnership Scheme to strengthen infection, prevention and control (IPC).

Project will improve the resilience of health institutions to cope with threats to the prevention and control of infection within health services in low- and middle-income countries.

The aim is for projects to centre on the implementation of internationally recognised preventative measures in a consistent and standardised way. As such, a framework for project design has been developed in conjunction with WHO to ensure a cross-cutting, co-ordinated strategy for strengthening IPC.

Projects will run for two years and help to build and strengthen the capacity of the overseas country’s health services to cope with future outbreak and emergency situations associated with highly infectious diseases alongside the effective delivery of essential day-to-day health services.

A full list of grant recipients can be found below:

University of Southampton Lighthouse Christ Eye Centre, Mombasa, Kenya (Vision 2020). To improve the infection prevention within Ophthalmology in East Kenya Caucus hospitals.
University of Salford Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda. Reducing infection through improvements in hand hygiene. 
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Gondar University, Ethiopia Consolidating Patient Safety- Strengthening Preventive Capacity-Improving Infection Prevention and Control – Hand Hygiene 
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Church of Uganda Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda To strengthen systems and processes for infection prevention and control, established as part of the APPS programme, leading towards a shift in patient safety culture that is sustainable and spread into the wider community
James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough Kamuzu Central Hospital, Malawi Introduction of a surveillance system for recording health-care-associated infections.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Kambia District Health Management Team, Sierra Leone Strengthening infection control in Kambia District
University of Sheffield Bayero University Kano & Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria Strengthening systems necessary for improving patients' safety and quality of health care in tertiary hospitals in northern Nigeria
Public Health England Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD), India Creation of an emergency response capability in Bengaluru & Chennai Metropolitan Areas.