UKPHS Call for Proposals: Large Grants Program in Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland
The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the second wave of Large Grants for UK Partnerships for Health Systems (UKPHS).
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The UKPHS aims to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3: ensuring healthier lives and promotion of well-being for all at all ages, including supporting countries to achieve UHC.
The key outcome of the programme will be improved capability of the health system to address national priorities, including meeting the needs of the poor and most vulnerable populations, and all projects should feed into this.
The key aims of the programme are to:
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Support the development of stronger and more resilient health systems through, for example, better governance, information, and management of health institutions;
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;
Build on institutional capacity to decrease any reliance on external support.
Grants of up to £350,000 are available.
All funded projects are expected to last between 24 and 30 months.
Project activities will be implemented from June 2021 until November 2023.
Focus Countries and Themes
In this wave, THET welcomes grant applications from Health Partnerships addressing the identified health priorities in the following three countries:
Ethiopia: Those applying for grants in Ethiopia must note that the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health has requested that, upon award of a grant, successful applicants:
Approach the regional or zonal health bureau about the intentions of their intervention during project development, with an explanation of the project and how it is relevant to the health care development and priorities of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant regional or zonal health bureau, to include roles and responsibilities regarding, for example, the sharing of project documentation, reporting, involvement in final evaluations and the involvement of representatives of regional or zonal health offices in review meetings.
Somalia: Due to complex security requirements, and extremely high in-country risks, they do not expect UK volunteers to travel internationally to Somalia. Instead, they encourage applicants to explore models of delivery that include, but are not limited to, remote-learning, UK-based capacity development (i.e. with Somalian healthcare workers travelling to the UK), or capacity development based in neighbouring countries (e.g. individuals from Somalian and UK healthcare institutions conducting capacity development initiatives together in Kenya).
Somaliland: Due to the increased risk and complexity of operating in Somaliland, the THET Somaliland office will provide security and logistical support in-country to all grant holders. This will include:
Pre-trip meetings with the health partnership project manager/s which will include advice on which THET-approved accommodation to book;
Pre-departure and in-country inductions for every volunteer;
The provision of in-country transport and security escorts;
The provision of a safety equipment pack (phone, satellite phone, emergency cash, first aid kit);
Daily security reviews and scheduled check-ins with THET Somaliland staff.
Crisis support, including:
Access to UN Humanitarian Air Service flights;
Support in hibernation and evacuation;
Access to INSO (Somalia and Somaliland security NGO);
Access to staff trained in crisis management and HEIST (Hostile Environment Individual Safety Training).
Support, where needed, with transferring funds from the UK to Somaliland.
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The core requirements for applications are:
Applications must be made by a Health Partnership between a UK health institution and an LMIC health institution based in one of the countries identified in this Call. They welcome applications from Health Partnership models that involve a number of partners if there are eligible partners from both the LMIC and the UK. Partnerships will be expected to demonstrate how each of the partners contribute to the project
Grants are for single, time-bound projects that are deliverable within the budget and timeframe proposed and agreed with THET
Projects must operate within Ethiopia, Somalia, or Somaliland. Please note that further Calls for projects working under the other strategic countries will be announced in due course
Projects must respond to the priorities identified in the relevant Country Health System Priority document
Applications must be made in English. Unfortunately, THET cannot accept applications written in other languages.
For more information, visit https://www.thet.org/ukphs/ukphs-large-grants-wave-2/