Thursday, 6 October 2011

Tropical Health & Education Trust seeking Concept Papers for HPS Volunteering Grants

Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) is inviting concept papers for Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) Volunteering Grants. HPS, which gets funding from UK Department of International Development, is basically a four-year Program started to develop and strengthen health services in poorest countries of the world. THET manages the HPS program in association with HLSP.

Goals of HPS

The Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) aims to improve health outcomes for poor people in DFID priority and other low-income countries. The Scheme will harness UK health institutions and professionals in partnerships with developing country counterparts, and strengthen health systems through health service skills transfer and capacity development.

Core Objectives of HPS Volunteering Grants
        To design and promote an innovative long-term volunteering Program to enable UK health professionals to work in developing countries
        To place volunteers in development projects supportive of national health strategies in developing countries, encouraging skills development and exchange between UK volunteers and developing country counterparts
        To source a consistent supply of long-term volunteers through partnerships between UK and developing country institutions or through other activities clearly aligned with HPS’s overall aim
        To train and manage volunteers, ensuring their safety at all times
        To contribute towards tackling the barriers to volunteering, helping to ensure that long-term volunteering is an integral part of a UK health professional’s career valued by employers and employees alike

Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility for funding for an HPS Volunteering Grant is contingent on meeting the following eligibility criteria:
        All partners are eligible organisations/institutions
        A track record of safe, appropriate and professional health volunteer sending and the ability to manage volunteers throughout their journey
        Ability to deliver an HPS Volunteering Grant over a 34-month period
        Ability to effectively disburse a budget of between £200,000 and £1,500,000 over the lifetime of an HPS Volunteering Grant
        Organisations and institutions that meet these eligibility criteria may submit a concept paper, using the application form.
        Organisations and institutions should be aware that their proposed Programs should meet specific requirements.

Last date for submitting the concept papers is October 17, 2011.

The concept papers will be reviewed and shortlisted by THET. All applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their submission within 2 weeks of the submission deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

The deadline for full applications is 19th December 2011.
For more information and details, you can visit this link.

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