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There are many sources of funding available from a variety of
different organisations; these include charities, professional
medical bodies and government funded organisations such as The
Department for International Development (DFID) and The Tropical
Health Education Trust (THET).
The British Charities website
provides a guide to charities in the UK, some of which can be
approached for funding support.
The Fund aims to support health professionals in undertaking
humanitarian work and is funded jointly by the BMA, Royal College
of Nursing, and the Department of Health (England).
Grants of up to £3000 are available to individual projects to
cover incidental costs, such as travel expenses and accommodation.
Proposed projects should offer clear health benefits to the local
population and must be sustainable. The project must involve at
least one current NHS employee.
Individuals interested in applying to the Humanitarian Fund,
should contact the BMA's International department on firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 020 7383 6133 or 020 7383 6793, or download the application
form from the BMA
DFID is a government department that manages Britain's aid to
developing countries and works towards eradicating extreme poverty.
Its headquarters are in London but it has offices throughout the
world and provides aid to over 90 countries. They are working
towards achieving the Millennium Development
Goals which have been set by the United Nations.
They have funding available for individuals, more information
can be found on their website, DFID
BMA has an excellent directory of sources of funding which
medical students can apply to for elective grants.
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, in
partnership with the British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd, are
offering Fellowships to sponsor surgeons wishing to work in a
developing country, primarily in the least developed countries, on
a short-term basis. The purpose of the Fellowships is to provide
training and support for overseas medical schools in the
development of their postgraduate training programmes and, thereby,
establishing links with these centres.
The principles of the Overseas Surgical Fellowships are to
establish links with surgical centres in developing countries.
These links are to provide the opportunity for teaching and
postgraduate training of surgeons overseas and, where appropriate,
to encourage the exchange of surgeons. In order to allow at least
five Fellowships each year, a maximum grant of £2000 will be
awarded to each successful applicant.
THET manages the Health Partnership
Scheme to support institutions and professionals in
partnerships with low-income countries, to improve health outcomes
by sharing skills and capacity building. There are a number
of different schemes which can be used to apply for funding.
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