Supporting health partnerships to deliver health worker training programmes in low and middle income countries with a particular focus on surgery, anaesthesia and community health.
Funded by Johnson & Johnson and managed by THET, the Africa Grants Programme (AGP) began in 2016 and provides funding to health partnerships across Africa.
THET has previously worked with Johnson & Johnson to manage the Strengthening Surgical Capacity programme. Projects under this scheme focused on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring surgical intervention and/or enhancing patient safety as a result of improved anaesthetic care. Under this scheme 1,390 health professionals have been trained helping to improve care to thousands of patients.
This round of grants running from 2020-2021 aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring essential surgical intervention and enhance patient safety as a result of improved anaesthetic care through the training of health workers.
The aim of this stream is to improve access to, and the availability of, quality surgery and/or anaesthetic care for maternal, neonatal or paediatric surgical conditions.
The following partnerships have been successful in receiving grants:
AIM: To increase the capacity of health workers (involving a range of cadres: surgeons, physios, and clinical officers) in surgical management of delayed presenting clubfoot in walking children, in the underserved population in Ethiopia. To do this, the project will develop and pilot a one-day training course and materials, train and mentor new trainers, and then roll-out the training course. The project aims to strengthen the workforce, improve surgical capacity, and improve both national and regional surgical training capacity for children with clubfoot and with clubfoot care for older children.
AIM: To increase capacity for regional anaesthesia in order to provide a safe effective alternative to general anaesthesia, thereby conserving resources for cases where a general anaesthetic is necessary. The project has been developed to address this training need for regional anaesthesia and develop a service which successfully engages other health professionals.
AIM: To reduce the maternal mortality rates through competent management of perioperative of obstetric haemorrhage. To do this, the project will use a multidisciplinary training approach, with a mix of remote and face-to-face training methods, to offer a Continued Professional Development to health workers in obstetric care over a 10-month period. Health workers from obstetric and anaesthetic departments across four hospitals will develop skills in four elements of obstetric haemorrhage.
AIM: The heart of this project is tailored, context specific apprentice style training in the provision of safe paediatric anaesthesia in an LMIC environment. The project will be delivered in 2 complimentary tranches: a 3-month internship at AIC Kijabe Hospital (Kenya) and a 3-month mentorship in Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) provided by volunteer UK specialist paediatric anaesthetist(s).
Under the round of grants running from 2019 to 2020, funds were awarded to 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 under the AGP 2019-20 focused on strengthening the healthcare workforce in one of the following two target areas:
The following partnerships were successful in receiving grants: