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Africa Grants Programme – New Grantees Announced

9 January 2018


African countries need 50 times more doctors to curb their surgery deaths

The need for increased surgery and anaesthetic care training in Africa is huge and so THET is pleased to announce that seven successful health partnerships have been awarded funding through the Johnson & Johnson Africa Grants Programme (AGP), working with a focus on surgical and anaesthetic care or community healthcare.

The Africa Grants Programme (AGP) supports the training of health workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Funded by Johnson and Johnson (J&J) and managed by THET, the AGP engages partnerships between organisations in the UK and Ireland, and their counterparts in Africa.

From 2016 to 2017, the first round of AGP funding supported seven health partnership projects in seven African countries, ranging from setting up palliative care training programme for community health workers in Mauritania to building the capacity of Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) training providers in Malawi. A full list of projects and their impact is available on our website.


This new round of grants running from January 2018 to April 2019, supports projects that mobilise UK and Irish health workers to develop the capacity of health workers in Africa through skills transfer, training, mentoring and other collaborative work. The funding is available for projects designed to improve the standards of clinical training (at all education levels), the technical skills of staff, or the efficiency and capacity within healthcare systems.

Projects will be implemented in four countries in Africa:

  • Ghana
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Uganda

The following partnerships have been successful in receiving grants:

  • Develop the capacity of surgeons and nurses in the use of laparoscopy for paediatrics in Ghana
    • Stream 1: Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • Royal Hospital for Sick Children
    • Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
  • REACH -RCGP Education for Advancing Community Health, Sierra Leone
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • Royal College of General Practitioners
    • Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), Sierra Leone
  • Expansion of MCHA Mentoring Across Kambia District, Sierra Leone
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • The Kambia Appeal
    • Kambia District Health Management Team
  • Implementing the Surgical Safety Checklist and Structured Primary Trauma Care in Sierra Leone
    • Stream 1: Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • King’s College London, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership
    • University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospitals Complex – Connaught Hospital
  • SAFE Operating Rooms Uganda
    • Stream 1: Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)
    • Association of Anesthesiologists of Uganda (AAU)
  • Safe Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) Paediatrics, South Africa
    • Stream 1: Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists-UK
    • The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists
  • Integration of palliative care into community healthcare provision for South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani district, Uganda
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust
    • Palliative Care Education and Research Consortium (PcERC)

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  • John Chrysostom Lule
    09 Mar 2019 18:34
    I am impressed with your activities. Perhaps we shall get time to work tofether on a project. My passion is sexual and reproductive health and rights of people with disabilities. I would like to do some work both at policy planning and operational levels. I am a teacher in anew medical school in the southwest of Uganda.
  • Dr. Agbo Urudinachi
    06 Jun 2018 15:37
    Nigeria needs this type of opportunity. kind regards Urudinachi
  • Wisdom Musonda Chelu
    15 Jan 2018 06:09
    The grants being released so far have never been of help to training & capacity building for non physician anaesthetists in Zambia. There are wrong people on the panel who don't know the current anaesthesia challenges in our country. Lack of career progression for Anaesthesia providers has made the proffession unattractive & hence having a deficit of more than 500. This has led to an increase in mortality & difficult to access safe Anaesthesia & surgery by the rural community. During your meeting to consider grant application especially pertaining to Zambia, try to ask broadly.
    18 Jan 2018 11:09
    Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear that you are unsatisfied with our grant process. We do our best to ensure that investments are made where they are needed the most. We encourage you to get in touch with our Grant Management Team or Country Office staff in Zambia should you require further clarifications about the selection process. With kind regards, THET Team

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