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UKPHS COVID-19 Response Fund

The UKPHS COVID-19 Response Fund will support established Health Partnerships (HPs) to address gaps in skills and knowledge to prevent and treat COVID-19, promote the safety and well-being of health workers in LMICs, including their physical and mental health, and provide support so that essential health services can be provided in spite of COVID-19 risks and pressures.

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Health Partnerships are in a unique position to offer support to the COVID-19 response, drawing on strong ties of trust, collegiality and professional respect that sit at the heart of relationships developed over many years.

While international travel will not be funded through the fund, HPs will be able to harness flows of support at an institutional and individual level through utilising technology and mobilising virtual communication tools.

Established HPs can support each other by:

  1. Delivering training and advice through virtual means.
  2. Sharing, signposting or contextualising training resources and tools.
  3. Providing psychological support and solidarity.
  4. In addition, both UK and LMIC partners can benefit from innovations developed to deal with COVID-19 and previous pandemics in low-resource settings.

£10,000 will be available per project, with grants running from 1st February to 31st July 2021. Applications must be submitted to grants@thet.org by 15th November 2020. A second COVID-19 response fund will be launched in 2021.


The core requirements for applications are:

  • Applications must be made by an established HP between a UK health institution and an LMIC health institution based in Sub Saharan Africa or South East Asia.
  • Grants are for single, time-bound projects that are deliverable within the budget and timeframe proposed and agreed with THET
  • Projects must align with the aim of the UKPHS COVID-19 Response Fund – to address gaps in skills and knowledge to prevent and treat COVID-19 and support the safety and well-being of health workers in LMICs, and/or support essential health services to manage risks and pressures resulting from COVID-19
  • Applications must be made in English. THET cannot accept applications written in other languages.


Eligible countries:

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Rep., Congo, Dem. Rep, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, the Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

South East Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam