Health Partnership Scheme

Information about a health partnership programme to support the development of health services in poor countries.


The Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) works to improve healthcare for some of the world’s poorest people through partnerships between the NHS and UK institutions and developing countries’ health systems.

The programme works towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6 to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

The scheme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by specialist international development non-governmental organisation, THET (Tropical Health & Education Trust). THET has engaged HLSP, an international health sector consultancy, as their partner in delivering the monitoring and evaluation elements, forming the HPS Consortium.

Apply for funding

The scheme will support up to 50 international partnerships over the next four years. The first 26 grants under the new Health Partnership Scheme were announced on the 8 May 2012 and will implement projects across 16 countries in Africa and Asia. View a list of the current partnerships.

To find out more and apply for funding visit the Health Partnership Scheme website.

International partnerships

The fund is designed to encourage a broad range of partnerships. These include:

  • multi-country partnerships – this new type of grant will use the knowledge and expertise from UK health partners to strengthen health systems and share best practice across three or more countries
  • paired institutional partnership – are health partnership projects between one UK institution and one overseas, such as hospital twinning
  • long-term volunteering – for the placement of UK volunteers who will support the delivery of projects. These placements are for a minimum of six months and the focus is on health system strengthening through teaching and training in the classroom or on the job
  • getting started - start-up grants to help facilitate new partnerships
  • healthbay - building partnerships - online and ‘real world’ support, building a community and resources for effective partnerships that improve health outcomes in poor countries

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Published 25 March 2013

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