Introduction to the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Health Links Sohur Mire
THET • 1988 THET established by Professor Eldryd Parry • 1988-1991 Medical books sent to selected medical schools in Africa • 1991 Haematology programme started in Ghana • 1992 CME Programme started in Uganda/ Chronic Care in Ethiopia • 1995 ODA Grant • 1999 First lottery grant to develop Links in Ghana/ Ethiopia and Malawi • 2004 Links at NHS confederation • 2005 Andrew Purkis appointed as first CEO Department of Health Secondment • 2006 WHO launch ‘Working together for health’ report at Links meeting
THET’s mission… …is to help improve the basic health services of the poorest countries, building long term capacity through training and support. We are driven by the belief that health is a fundamental human right.
THET’s principles • long term • aim to build enduring capacity • respond to priorities expressed by our overseas partners • work with those who would otherwise have no access to effective health care • emphasise importance of training, motivating and empowering the people who deliver health care
THET’s role • General promotion and advocacy of Health Links in the UK and overseas. • Matching institutions • Advice and guidance fundraising/ best practice, etc • Facilitating research into the impact of Health Links in the UK and developing countries. • Keeping Trusts involved in the Health Links network via conferences, a newsletter, website, database, etc.
Health Links • institutional not individual • integrated not isolated • From margin to mainstream • From single to strategic
Health Links: Current Context • THET is the support hub for Health Links, via a DfID grant and support from DH. • Health Links are increasingly seen as a powerful method for UK healthcare to support capacity building in resource poor countries.
What can NHS contribute • Updating clinical and other skills to doctors, nurses, assistants and other staff. Overseas staff coming to the UK for targeted training. • Training in teaching, research, administrative, support services and management and leadership skills. • Service planning and redesign • Some targeted support through equipment or learning materials and books.
development of staff in UK resourcefulness adaptability cultures experience
What can student involvement contribute Strengthen the links: reciprocal electives Assistance in teaching: development of health human resources Assistance in Link research activities
KTSP • Linking medical students: Somaliland’s Amoud University and King’s College London • To facilitate exchange of experience and ideas