Calls for proposals for the next funding phase are scheduled for 2019. The next round is planned to focus on the theme of e-health.

Our last call for proposals on the theme of patient safety was published in 2017.

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What do we fund?

In the Hospital Partnerships initiative (link), the University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa funding programme supports capacity development partnerships between health organisations in Germany and in Africa – currently on the topic of patient safety.

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What do we want to achieve?

In the current support phase (2017-2019), our 15 partnership projects are focusing on patient safety. While the Western health care system is increasingly adopting policies of pro-active error management, the conditions for ensuring patient safety in African countries with weak health systems are still nowhere near adequate.

The current partnership projects on patient safety are based first and foremost on approaches that are scientifically sound and geared to practical application. Country-specific solutions are being devised and piloted on a joint basis to address urgent problems related to the quality of care. The challenges involved include the risk of infection, resistance to antibiotics, lack of hygiene, rational medical therapy, laboratory safety and waste management.

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Who can apply?

The University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa funding programme is designed for universities, university hospitals, teaching hospitals and research institutions in Germany and in African countries. Unlike the Health Partnerships – Global funding programme, the University and Hospital Partnerships funding programme has a thematic and regional focus.

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What kind of support do we provide?

Calls for theme-specific proposals are usually published every three years. We support joint projects on the prescribed theme by providing up to EUR 150,000 over a maximum period of three years. Funding is earmarked for training, temporary placements and staff exchange between the cooperating countries, as well as for small-scale accompanying research projects. In the current support phase (2017-2019), the 15 partnership projects are focusing on patient safety.

Our partnership projecs

In the current support phase 2017 - 2019, our 15 partnership projects are focusing on patient safety.

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Increasing Patient Safety through Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Malawi - iPSUM
Partner Country: Malawi
Tanzania
University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa
Improvement of diagnostics, treatment and management for patients at Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital and Jimma University Medical Center
Partner Country: Tanzania
An employee from the Liberian district hospital carries the garbage out to an isolated place.. Copyright: ©DIFÄM/Franziska Müller
University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa
Improved patient safety and protection against antimicrobial resistance and infections in Liberian district hospitals
Partner Country: Liberia

FAQS

Is there a thematic focus?

The current round of funding focuses on patient safety. The focal topic for the new round starting in 2019 will be e-health.

How much funding is available for projects and for how long?

At present, up to EUR 150,000 is available to partnerships intended to promote patient safety. Up to EUR 220,000 is available for projects in supranational partnerships (North-South-South). University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa can fund your partnership for a period of two to three years (depending on the availability of funds). It is possible to obtain follow-on funding.

Are there any regional restrictions on the funding?

Yes, the funding is restricted to countries in sub-Saharan Africa where German development cooperation is active.

Who can apply for funding?

German public-sector and public-benefit health organisations, federal institutes and research institutions can apply to the University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa programme for funding for their partnership project. The German partner is the official applicant, and if the application is successful the German partner will also be the contracting partner for the funding.

Who can be a partner in Africa?

Each partnership must include at least one sub-Saharan African organisation active in the health sector, such as a university hospital, teaching hospital or referral hospital. Additional German or African partner institutions may also be involved.

Can a research project be financed?

Yes, up to 30% of the funding applied for can be used for operational research. A detailed list of the costs that can be covered by our funding programmes can be found here.

When does the next round of funding start?

Invitations to apply to the University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa are usually issued every three years. The next funding round is planned for 2019, with a focus on patient safety and e-health. You can find the latest information on the programme's website.

How can I apply for funding?

The conditions of application and the thematic focuses for the next funding round will be published on our website in due course.

For what purposes is funding available?

You can apply to the University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa programme for funding to cover project trips, training costs, materials and equipment, and administrative costs. In addition, a limited amount of funding is available to cover staff costs and accompanying research. A detailed list of the costs that can be covered by our funding programmes can be found here.

Any questions?

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