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THE Health Worker Action Fund for Covid-19

Health Worker Action Fund

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The Health Worker Action Fund (HWAF) is pleased to announce a fund call aims to support established Health Partnerships to protect the physical and mental health of LMIC health workers who are engaged or preparing to be engaged in the frontline treatment of Covid-19

BACKGROUND of THE Health Worker Action Fund for Covid-19


In recognition of the vulnerability of health workers to Covid-19, from both a physical and mental health perspective, the key objective of the Health Worker Action Fund (HWAF) will be to support established Health Partnerships to protect the physical and mental health of LMIC health workers who are engaged or preparing to be engaged in the frontline treatment of Covid-19. By doing this, health workers will also be better positioned to provide safe and effective care to patients. Given their nature, Health Partnerships are in a unique position to offer this support, drawing on strong ties of trust, collegiality and professional respect that sit at the heart of relationships developed over many years. As such, they can harness flows of support at an institutional and individual level.
Resources for the HWAF will be pooled from various sources, and efforts are ongoing to increase the total amount of funding available. Against this backdrop, and the context of the global pandemic, the fund and associated country-eligibility, timeframes and other criteria will be adapted on an ad-hoc basis to account for changing circumstances. The fund will, therefore, be flexible and will seek to support as many Health Partnerships as possible. This could also mean, for example, that applications to the fund are suspended and re-opened as and when needed.

All proposals must aim to protect the physical and mental health of health workers who are engaged or preparing to be engaged
in the frontline treatment of Covid-19. While it is not appropriate for individuals involved in Health Partnerships to support
initiatives through international travel, we would expect support to be provided remotely by partners to one another in the codesign of proposals and support to their implementation.
Examples of approaches that funding can be used to support include, but are not limited to*:

  • Evidence-based, safe and effective Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) solutions approved by the WHO.
  • Items that will support Infection Prevention Control initiatives (e.g. soap, ingredients for making antiviral hand-gel etc.)
    approved by the WHO.
  • Materials that can be used to spread relevant public health information (e.g. paper, printing toner etc.) in line with
    WHO guidance.
  • Interventions which support the psychological resilience or well-being of health workers.
  • Facilitate travel, accommodation and family support for health workers.
  • Remote training, mentoring and supervision on preventing and responding to Covid-19, including surveillance, using
    PPE effectively and/or IPC.
  • Supporting appropriate surveillance and data collection related to Covid-19

Type of project

The Fund aims to support established Health Partnerships to protect the physical and mental health of LMIC health workers who are engaged or preparing to be engaged in the frontline treatment of Covid-19. Examples of approaches that funding can be used to support can be seen here. 
Location:

Ethiopia, Myanmar, Somalia/Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia


Grant size:  £5,000
Eligibility: To be eligible you must be an established Health Partnership, that has been in receipt of THET funding since 2011, in one of the above countries.

Efforts are ongoing to increase the total amount of funding available. Against this backdrop, and the context of the global pandemic, the fund and associated country-eligibility, timeframes and other criteria will be adapted on an ad-hoc basis to account for changing circumstances.

The fund will, therefore, be flexible and this could also mean that applications to the fund are suspended and re-opened as and when needed. This page, and the associated application documents, are thus subject to change and the information on this page is relevant as of 20/04/2020

How to Apply:

Visit and read the:

The latter should be completed and submitted, along with a Memorandum of Understanding between the lead partners, in one email to HWAF@thet.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and, as such, are not currently subject to a deadline.   

If you have questions or difficulty downloading or accessing any of the documents listed, please email HWAF@thet.org. 


Closing date: Rolling

Given current priorities in the UK and LMICs for health workers to prioritise responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the potential time needed to support this initiative, we encourage all those thinking of applying to consider their individual and institutional capacity. We also encourage Health Partnerships to engage members of their team not currently working full-time in the NHS to support the application process, and then provide support in delivering the intervention.

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