Africa Grants Programme 2019-2020: Established Partnership Grants
  • Fully Funded

THET is pleased to announce the third 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 established partnerships between health organisations in the UK and Ireland and their counterparts in Sub-Saharan Africa.  More information on the AGP and the projects funded in the first and second rounds of the grant programme is available in the official website.

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THET welcomes grant applications to strengthen the healthcare workforce in one of the following two areas:

Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care

This stream will focus on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring essential surgical intervention and/or enhancing patient safety as a result of improved anaesthetic care through the training of relevant health workers. The aim of this stream is to improve the access to, and availability of, quality surgery and/or anaesthetic care (particularly for maternal, neonatal or paediatric surgical conditions).

Stream 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, particularly women and children, by training those who work and serve in the community. The stream will focus on the training of cadres working in the community (Clinical Officers, Community Health Workers, etc.), which is in line with the national strategy and policies in-country. Partners will work at the rural and district level, outside of the central hospital systems.

Background and purpose

The Africa Grants Programme (AGP) supports the training of health workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Funded by Johnson and Johnson (J&J) and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the AGP engages partnerships between organisations in the UK and Ireland, and their counterparts in Africa.

From 2017 to 2019, the second round of AGP funding supported seven health partnership projects in four African countries, ranging from setting up palliative care training programme for community health workers in Uganda, to improving primary trauma care services in Sierra Leone, and training health workers in laparoscopic surgery techniques for children with cancer in Ghana. A full list of projects and their impact is available on our website.

The AGP 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. The funding is available for projects designed to improve the standards of clinical training (at all education levels), the technical skills of staff, and/or the efficiency and capacity within healthcare systems.

The aims of the AGP are to save and improve the lives of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa (in particular women and children), prevent disease in vulnerable populations and strengthen the health workforce in Africa. THET and J&J are particularly interested in projects which affect systemic change and contribute to sustainable outcomes and impact.




  • Grants are available from £15,000 up to a maximum of £50,000.
  • All funded projects are expected to last between 6 and 16 months. Project activities can be implemented from May 2019 until August 2020..
  • Check the official website for further details.


  • All those considering applying should carefully read the eligibility and funding criteria contained in the Call for Applications and Q&A document as these may differ from previous THET grant streams.
  • This grants round will only accept applications from established health partnerships. Next week they will announce a call for new health partnerships to apply.
  • Projects under the AGP 2019-20 Call for Applications must operate within LMICs in sub-Saharan Africa and will focus on strengthening the healthcare workforce in one of the given two target areas.
  • There are 13 priority countries for this round of the AGP. Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia (including Somaliland), Togo
    • They will also consider exceptional applications from other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where the project and partnership matches the criteria, though priority will be given to those working in the above countries.
  • Check the official website for further details.
Eligible Regions: Multiple Region (Check the official website)

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

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