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Africa Grants Programme

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.

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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.


THET is pleased to announce a fourth round of grants under the Africa Grants Programme (AGP) with support from Johnson & Johnson. The AGP supports the training of health workers in low- and middle-income countries, through engaging partnerships between health organisations in the UK and Ireland and their counterparts in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The fourth round of the Africa Grants Programme will take a different approach from previous years, moving away from community healthcare to focus on essential surgery and anaesthesia for mothers and children.

THET welcomes grant applications to strengthen the healthcare workforce in delivering essential surgical and anaesthetic care to mothers and children in the following 8 countries:

Ethiopia – Ghana – Kenya – Malawi – Nigeria – Tanzania – Uganda – Zambia

To find out more about the grant call please click here.

Grantees 2019-2020

This round of grants running from 2019 to 2020 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. 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 focus on strengthening the healthcare workforce in one of the following two target areas:

  1. Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care: the aim of this stream is to improve the access to, and availability of, quality essential surgery and anaesthetic care, particularly for maternal, neonatal or paediatric surgical conditions.
  2. Community Healthcare: this stream will focus on increasing the availability and quality of essential healthcare (including attended births) and health information to underserved populations, including women and children, by training those who work and serve on the frontline of healthcare systems.

Projects are being implemented in nine countries in Africa:

  • Zimbabwe
  • Ethiopia
  • The Gambia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Somaliland
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda

The following partnerships have been successful in receiving grants:

  • Exploring multidisciplinary problems in breast cancer investigation, diagnosis and specialist care in Zimbabwe
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: Association of Breast Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland
    • LMIC Partner: Bulawayo Breast Surgery Forum/United Bulawayo Hospitals
  • Improving the capacity for delivering Orthopaedic care to Barhir Dar and the surrounding Amhara region through sustained teaching and training in Ethiopia
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: Bristol Children’s Hospital
    • LMIC Partner: Tibebe Ghion Specialized Hospital
  • Gambia Anaesthesia Development Project
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – UK
    • LMIC Partner: Anesthetists’ Society of The Gambia
  • Development of the Ethiopia Anaesthesia Development Program
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: Global Anaesthesia Development Program
    • LMIC Partner: Addis Ababa University and Black Lion Hospital
  • Developing and implementing a Package of Safer Surgery Interventions in Kongo Central Province, DRC
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: King’s College London
    • LMIC Partner: Le Ministère Provincial de la Santé et Education (HPSE) Kongo Central
  • Triage and Safer Surgery in Hargeisa Group Hospital, Somaliland
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: King’s College London
    • LMIC Partner: Hargeisa Group Hospital
  • 20 Quality Improvement Projects in Perioperative Care as part of Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Anaesthesia, Zambia
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
    • LMIC Partner: Ministry of Health, Zambia
  • Advancing Access to Critical Care Education (AACCE) Stage 2, Zambia
    • Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care
    • UK Partner: Birmingham City University
    • LMIC Partner: Lusaka College of Nursing
  • Development of a partnership with a view to develop palliative care services for children in The Gambia
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • UK Partner: University of Edinburgh
    • LMIC Partner: Ministry of Health Gambia
  • Development of Health Partnership to address ‘task shifting’ emergency dental care to Clinical Officers in rural Malawi
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • UK Partner: Bridge2Aid
    • LMIC Partner: Dental Association of Malawi
  • Malawi-Scotland Maternal Mental Health Partnership
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • UK Partner: Maternal Mental Health Scotland
    • LMIC Partner: St John of God Hospitaller Services
  • Training Health Workers to Prevent Skin Cancer among People with Albinism in Malawi
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • UK Partner: Standing Voice (NGO)
    • The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi
  • Suicide Prevention Training in Health Centres in Gulu, Northern Uganda
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • UK Partner: Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
    • LMIC Partner: District Health Office Gulu
  • Integrating an evidence based early intervention programme for young children with developmental disability into the public health system in Rwanda
    • Stream 2: Community Healthcare
    • UK Partner: University College London Hospitals
    • LMIC Partner: Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima