In collaboration with our partners the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association, we are pleased to notify the health partnership community of a further round of grants under the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship Scheme (CwPAMS) with support from UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund.
The second round of the CwPAMS scheme, funded by the UK Department for Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA), will fund up to 24 projects working in the following eight priority countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
The project will focus on some or all of the below:
CwPAMS aims to leverage the expertise of UK health institutions and Commonwealth country technical experts to strengthen the capacity of the national health workforce and institutions in Commonwealth countries to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges.
Running since 2018, grants focus on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and on developing pharmacy expertise and capacity, whilst developing infection prevention and control (IPC) initiatives and strengthening capacity through the generation and use of clinical microbiology data. More information on CwPAMS and the 26 projects funded in the first round of the grant programme is available here.
Applications must be submitted by existing or new Health Partnerships (HPs), long-term institutionalised relationships between health institutions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and their counterparts in the UK. Partnerships that apply to be a part of CwPAMS must include significant contributions from an NHS institution or NHS staff.
Partnerships aim to improve health services and systems in LMICs through the reciprocal exchange of skills, knowledge and experience. Partners co-develop programmes that address organisational and national priorities, including AMR National Action Plans.
Those not currently part of a Health Partnership (or those who are but require additional expertise) and would like THET’s support to form one can provide their details in the Expression of Interest form. We also have a wide range of resources here, to be used by those considering starting a Health Partnership.
The focus will be on long-term sustainability, gradually reducing the reliance on UK expertise by supporting in-country experts to provide relevant local knowledge and expertise with regards to AMR/AMS through a culture of behaviour change and quality improvement. More details of this will follow with the call for applications.
The programme will be split into three application categories:
Previous CwPAMS grant holders are invited to apply to be a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for their country or region (they are also welcome to apply under Category B instead – see details below). These CoEs will embody a hub and spoke model, with the larger hub institution responsible for disseminating training and capacity building to other local health facilities (spokes).
The UK NHS plays a critical role in CwPAMS so we are keen to attract NHS partners to apply. If you are unsure whether this is the right thing for you, please get in touch with us at email@example.com so we can explain the programme further.
The programme offers a number of training opportunities, including behaviour change methodology, project and financial management, and a fellowship scheme for pharmacists. First round CwPAMS partnerships reported the following benefits:
As well as the usual project management advice THET provides to all grant holders, following learning from CwPAMS 1 THET is offering grant holders the option of accessing draw-down support directly from a consultant employed by THET who can provide aspects of project administration on behalf of the partnership. Funds for this support would need to be budgeted for by the applicant, and THET will outline the level of costs required within the Call for Applications. This could include:
As the technical lead for the programme, the CPA will provide an overarching technical programme of support as well as providing tailored technical support to partnerships. A list of possible technical support areas will be provided shortly. Some of this support will be provided as part of the core technical offering for the programme, whilst other elements may require funds for this support and would need to be budgeted for by the applicant, and CPA will outline the level of costs required within the Call for Applications.