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Global Capacity Building Programme

The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Capacity Building Grant Programme (GCB). The GCB Programme collaborates to increase health system and health worker capacity between England and South Africa, Uganda and Zambia through global learning opportunities.

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Small Grants Call

THET is pleased to release the second-round call for applications for the GCB small grants funded by NHS England.  

These grants of up to £10,000 will allow health partnerships between England and Uganda, Zambia and South Africa to deliver innovative programmes focused on broad integrated themes including gender, engaging the diaspora NHS staff, wellbeing, technology and planetary health in global healthcare.  

THET encourages the pursuit of multi-directional learning and partnerships that show that NHSE volunteers will add value and help achieve outcomes and benefits for the health partnership, and the volunteers themselves. 

Applicant Eligibility 

Applications can be submitted by existing or new Health Partnerships (HPs) 

Applicants for small grants must read the Call for Applications before submitting their proposal.  

Applicants should submit the following documents to grants@thet.org by 17:00 (BST) on 1st of July 2024 

THET will also hold a drop-in session for the GCB small grants call on 23rd May at 10:00 AM (UK time). This will allow for questions and clarifications. Sign up here. 

For any queries about the Global Capacity Building Programme, please email grants@thet.org. 

The programme overview

Funded by NHS England, the Global Capacity Building Programme facilitates transnational knowledge, skills and experience exchanges through the Health Partnership model between NHS institutions in England and health organisations in Africa.  

The programme aims to: 

  • Facilitate global learning opportunities between NHS partners with LMIC partners. 
  • Provide specialist international development expertise which complements NHS technical knowledge.  
  • Expedite the positive impact of NHS global programmes.  

With collaboration between the NHS and grant countries, the programme enhances the patient experience, improves health outcomes, and reduces health inequalities in South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. 

The programme also leverages the expertise of health institutions in England and technical experts to strengthen the health system and the capacity of the health workforce, as well as creating opportunities for bi-directional learning.  

As a long-standing and trusted partner of the UK Government and NHS England, THET will work closely with Ministry of Health officials from each grant country to ensure the programme responds to national priorities and engages key stakeholders.  

As part of the Global Capacity Building Programme, THET will also facilitate several events and workshops to encourage a wide range of NHS staff to participate. THET will collaborate with NHS staff and provide resources to ensure that the volunteers’ professional development and wellbeing is at the heart of this programme. 

THET welcomes grant applications from new and existing health partnerships between England and operating in the following three priority countries: South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. 

Current Global Capacity Building grantees

THET is thrilled to have awarded 11 grants through the Global Capacity Building Programme (GCB).

Funded by NHS England, the new grants are comprised of 7 grants of £50,000 each and 4 grants of £10,000 each, with a combined value of £390,000. These grants form the first round of grants awarded through the Global Capacity Building Programme, and will support projects in Uganda, Zambia and South Africa.

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7 large grants of £50,000 each

Project Title  UK Partner  Global Partner 


The integration of nutritionist led enhanced clinical nutrition into healthcare and education facilities through the Capacity Strengthening of a Centre of Excellence for Nutrition at Levy Mwanawasa Medical University (LMMU) Birmingham City University Levy Mwanawasa Medical University
Zambia To assess the current landscape of anaesthesia provision across Zambia and to grow links between physician and non-physician cadres Global Anaesthesia Development Partnerships (GADP) Society of Anaesthetists of Zambia
Uganda To increase the Retinopathy of Prematurity screening capacity among Midwives in the Bunyoro region at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, Western Uganda, in twelve months. Eye Health Africa Ubora Foundation Africa
Uganda To implement and evaluate a co-designed, mandatory, interdisciplinary, one-day Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) training course throughout the Kampala Metropolitan Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS). NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board – West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity and Neonatal System (WYH LMNS) Kawempe National Referral Hospital
Uganda Strengthening leadership and management among local government health managers in Wakiso district, Uganda Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH)
Uganda Modelling a transferable, multi-disciplinary orientation programme to reduce neonatal morbidity and mortality from sepsis in four public health facilities in Uganda Knowledge for Change (K4C), UK Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital (FPRRH)
South Africa Strengthening paediatric burns care through health worker training in the Cape Winelands Children’s Hospital Trust UK The Harry Crossley Children’s Nursing Development Unit


4 small grants of £10,000 each

Project Title UK Partner Global Partner
Uganda To equip midwives with specialist skills/qualifications in clinical research and undertake a qualitative focus group with midwives and women about vaginal health. Imperial College London Makerere University
Uganda Initiating clinical Cardiac MRI services in Uganda St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Heart Centre (BHC) Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) / Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Uganda Establish knowledge exchange links between Ugandan and NHS England mental health practitioners and educators Manchester Metropolitan University Butabika School of Psychiatric Nursing (BSPN)
Uganda To lay the foundations for Gulu to become a centre of excellence in Emergency medicine – supporting the 2 current sites in Makerere Teaching Hospital and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital to support the MOH’s aim to significantly increase the number of EM Doctors in the next 5 years. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine St Mary’s Hospital