Within the framework of the "Klinikpartnerschaften – Partner stärken Gesundheit” [Clinic Partnership – Partners Strengthen Health] initiative, together with the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting partnership projects between German organizations in the health sector and partners in medium- and low-income countries.
The partnership projects are funded up to a maximum of €50,000 for a period of up to two years (subject to availability of funds). The amount of funding is dependent on the scope of interventions and needs in the partner institution.
Possible areas of endeavour for hospital partnerships:
- Continuing education and training (on-the-job training), schooling
- Improving patient care through knowledge transfer in the following areas
- Treatment options
- Hygiene measures
- Preventative strategies, e.g. establishing screening
- Hospital management, procurement, logistics, storage
- Laboratory and diagnostic services
- Maintenance and repair of medical equipment
- Quality control
- Information and communications technology (e.g. telemedicine, telecoaching, mobile applications)
- Limited support for the acquisition of required equipment and materials
- Create opportunities for staff to observe colleagues work at partner hospitals
First partnerships with funding approval
- The Dr. von Haunersche Children's Hospital in Munich is cooperating with the Jimma University Clinic in Ethiopia. This project is aimed at promoting the education and training of doctors in the field of neonatology, thereby contributing to a long-term reduction in child mortality.
- The Klinikum rechts der Isar of the TU Munich is working together with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Its goal is to improve the use of the Centre for Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics in Ghana.
- The Verein Deutsche Lepra- und Tuberkulosehilfe e.V. [German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association] in Würzburg is cooperating with the Leprosy Rehabilitation Center in Ganta, the second largest city in Liberia. The centre's laboratory is to be extended and the staff trained in the treatment of patients who are critically ill.
- The Missionsärztliche Institut [Medical Missionary Institute] in Würzburg is planning a partnership with the St Martin de Porres Hospital in the fishing village of Eikwe in Ghana. The Ghanaian technical personnel is to be supported with training courses in the field of mother-child health.
- The Humedica Association based in Kaufbeuren has entered into a partnership in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The hospital staff of the local Hôpital Espoir is being trained in hygiene standards with the aim of improving the quality of patient care.
- The Evangelisch-Lutherische Diakoniewerk [Evangelical-Lutheran social welfare service] in Neuendettelsau is supporting rurally located Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania with the "Feuerkinder" project. The German medical staff is helping the Tanzanian team in the treatment of children with congenital clubfoot.