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Global Health Workforce Programme

The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is delighted to announce the new Global Health Workforce Programme (GHWP) which provides £8.9 million to strengthen the health workforce in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria.

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The programme overview 

THET will fund-manage new or existing Health Partnerships between UK, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria and will award between 10 to 20 large grants of £200,000 – £350,000. The grants will broadly be split across the three countries, but the exact split is dependent on the number and quality of applications received. 

Applicants will be required to respond to national health workforce priorities identified through a scoping assessment with national governments and stakeholders, along with WHO and FCDO. 

Additionally, 15 to 20 small grants of up to £50,000 will also be available for projects that tackle specific issue areas such as innovation, rural health facilities, diaspora engagement, leadership opportunities for women and protected groups, and the climate crisis. 

Up to £500,000 will also be available for draw-down expertise, where the health partnership model does not quite fit with the scoping report priorities. 

Due to the short programme timeframe, up to 25% of health partnership grant funding will be awarded in advance of the competitive grant call to expedite project implementation. 

The programme outcomes 

 Partnerships through the GHWP will contribute to the following programmatic outcomes: 

  • Contributing toward improved health workforce leadership capacity aligned with health workforce strategies, that will support reduction in gender inequalities.  
  • Aligning with and contributing toward retention and wellbeing strategies.  
  • Improving the number and quality of training opportunities for health workers.  
  • Co-developing and documenting learning on health workforce interventions shared with key national and international stakeholders.  

Application requirements and eligibility criteria 

Eligibility criteria is broad as long as  Official Development Assistance  rules are followed, and includes health providers, health education institutions, professional bodies and associations, regulatory bodies, charities and civil society organisations, among other institutions.  

Value for money is a key selection criterion, and THET encourages a volunteering approach in capacity development activities where appropriate. Government departments are unfortunately not eligible to apply for funding.  

The call for applications will be released in October, with grants running from February 2024 until January 2025. 

To be alerted to the call for applications, please sign up to the THET newsletter here and fill out our Expression of Interest survey here. If you are not already part of a partnership, this survey is also an opportunity to find an appropriate institution to partner with. 

Please direct any queries to grants@thet.org.