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What we do

Health workers are at the centre of what we do. Without them, there is no health.

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Today, one billion people will never see a qualified health worker in their lives.

For over twenty-five years, THET has been working to change this, training health workers to build a world where everyone has access to affordable and quality healthcare.

We do this by leveraging the expertise and energy of the UK health community, supporting health partnerships between hospitals, colleges and clinics in the UK and those overseas.


From reducing maternal deaths in Uganda to improving the quality of hospital care for injured children in Myanmar, we work to strengthen local health systems and build a healthier future for all.

In the past seven years alone, THET has reached over 84,000 health workers across 31 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in partnership with over 130 UK institutions.

Our approach

For over twenty-five years, we have supported health partnerships between UK and overseas health institutions such as hospitals, universities and research centres.

Partnerships deliver health worker training programmes based on the needs of the overseas partner institution.

UK partners have access to skilled, expert health professionals who volunteer their time to deliver training courses to overseas health workers to help improve practice and patient care.

Our partnerships.

UK health workers have volunteered


days of their time

At the centre of our work over the past three decades has been the National Health Service (NHS). In the past four years alone, over 100 NHS institutions and 2,000 NHS staff have provided more than 95,000 days of their time to work with colleagues overseas.

This work brings benefit to health systems in low and middle income countries but is also having a beneficial impact on the NHS, as NHS

staff return home with increased knowledge, improved leadership skills and a greater understanding of how to innovate in delivering healthcare with limited resources. That’s why we think volunteers work, for health, for change, for all.

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Please click here to read our Strategic Plan for 2016-2021.

If there’s mutual trust and a willingness on both sides to learn from each other, a readiness to adapt and a readiness to try new things then good work will happen

Professor Sir Eldryd Parry - Founder of THET

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