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UKPHS COVID-19 Response Fund to Promote Safety and Well-Being of Health Workers in Sub-Saharan and South East Asia countries

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 8, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 14, 2020

The UKPHS COVID-19 Response Fund has been launched to 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.

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 utilizing technology and mobilizing virtual communication tools.

UKPHS is managed by the Tropical Health and  Education  Trust (THET) and the partners the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), who are providing technical assistance in the areas of health systems strengthening, gender equality and social inclusion, and monitoring, evaluation, research and learning.

The key aims of the programme are to:
a) Support the development of stronger and more resilient health systems through, for example, better governance, information, and management of health institutions;
b) Improve the quality of health services through systematic approaches to improving the skills and knowledge of health workers and other professionals in the health sector, especially in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent services where this aligns with country priorities;
c) Build on institutional capacity to decrease any reliance on external support.

The core requirements for applications are:
1. 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;
2. Grants are for single, time-bound projects that are deliverable within the budget and timeframe proposed and agreed with THET;
3. 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;
4. Applications must be made in English. THET cannot accept applications written in other languages.

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The UK Partnerships for Health Systems programme (UKPHS) aims to work with low and lower middle-income countries (LMICs) to build stronger and more resilient health systems, making progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through improved health service performance.

The programme particularly targets poor and vulnerable populations and will ultimately contribute to better health and wellbeing (SDG 3), including ending preventable deaths. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UKPHS engages the UK health sector by harnessing the expertise of UK health institutions and professionals in partnerships with LMIC counterparts.

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan and South East Asia.

£10,000 will be available per project, with grants running from 1st February to 31st July 2021.

Applications must be submitted by 15 November 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

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Jill Langhus
Oct 09, 2020
Oct 09, 2020

Thanks, Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 12, 2020
Oct 12, 2020


Oct 10, 2020
Oct 10, 2020

Thank you very much.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 12, 2020
Oct 12, 2020

Spread the word.