Welcome! Do you want to start with your partner project? The application call of the program University and Hospital partnerships in Africa is open: Apply now until 31 May 2019.

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    Hand in your application
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    Conclude a grant contract
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    Implement your partnership project

Our initiative


The Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health initiative systematically promotes partnerships between health care organisations in Germany and medical institutions in low and middle income countries. Professionals, such as doctors, nursing scientists, public health specialists, midwives, nurses and medical administrators, cooperate as equals with their peers. They share their professional knowledge, experiences and ideas specifically in order to improve healthcare on the ground in selected thematic areas.

Twice a year Jahr there are funding rounds open with a sum up to 50.000 Euro. For german-african partnerships there is a new funding round that just started, run by the programm University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa with a focus on ehealth and a funding up to 300.000 Euro: Get all information here and apply now!

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Hospital Partnerships - the film

Our partners play a key role in making the initiative alive - watch here the film about them.

Our objective

For everyone to be able to access the medical care they actually need. Our contribution consists in promoting our partners and providing them with professional support.

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Our approach

We aim to promote peer-to-peer partnerships for better health care as envisaged in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In future, this holistic approach is designed to help ensure universal health coverage worldwide, regardless of age or location.

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Our funding programmes


Hospital Partnerships

Partners strengthen health

Health Partnerships – Global

promotes partnerships between organisations in various health-related fields, worldwide

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University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa

promotes partnerships with universities and hospitals in African countries in regularly changing specialist fields

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Child Nurse at the Charité Berlin: Mrs. Kranz. Copyright: ©GIZ/Steph Ketelhut

We have learned a lot in Eritrea - for example how you can make the best of a situation in a hospital for mother-and-child-care.

Mrs. Gesche Kranz, pediatric nurse at University Hospital Charité Berlin/Germany
Dr. Vanessa Kandoole-Kabwere is physician in the malawian city Blantyre. Copyright: ©GIZ/Nyokabi Kahura

The point-of-care-ultrasound-training with my german colleague gives me the opportunity to make a quick and safe diagnosis.

Dr. Vanessa Kandoole-Kabwere , lecturer assistant at Queen Elisabeth Hospital in Malawi
Is working currently in Cameroon: Surgeon Dr. Christian Doll. Copyright: ©GIZ/Steph Ketelhut

"With our hospital partners in Cameroon we have established new studies at University."

Dr. Christian Doll, surgeon in Mbouo/Cameroon
Focusing on the lung: Christoph Lange from Borstel in Nortehrn Germany.. Copyright: ©GIZ/Steph Ketelhut

I am thrilled to see how engaged my young colleagues from the Republic of Moldovia are in order to develop their own health system for the future.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christoph Lange, Medical Director at Research Center Borstel and Leibniz Lung Center
Anna Donica is project leader of a moldovian-german hospital partnership. Copyright: ©GIZ/Julian Busch

The trainings in Germany widens our view on diagnosis and therapy methods on tuberculosis.

Anna Donica, Medical Director at the National Research Center in the Republic of Moldovia
Kaulhausen with assistant lecturers in Eritrea.. Copyright: ©GIZ/Hospital Partnerships

"What a sucess: In Eritrea we aimed to train 5 physicians and more than 100 midwives - thanks to the Hospital Partnership Initiative!"

Prof. Dr. Helmut Kaulhausen, gynaecologist from Hamm
works for Physicians for Madagascar.. Copyright: ©GIZ/Physicians for Madagascar

Our friendship and trust with the colleagues in Madagascar makes our hospital partnership strong.

Dr. Julias Emmrich, Physican and member of "Doctors for Madagascar
Dr. Carolin Kröner

We do love to support small organisations: Take the chance and apply now!

Dr. Carolin Kröner, Member of Board of Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation


Is there a way of interacting and networking with other project participants?

There are regular meetings with the project participants for sharing information and networking. In our calendar of events you can see when the next meeting is scheduled. All the partners invited to the events will receive information in advance by e-mail.

As a member of the global ESTHER Alliance we are happy to support you in networking with partner institutions in ways that go beyond the initiative. You will find an overview of the partnership projects of ESTHER members here. You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

Does the initiative include health insurance for project staff members moving to another country?

Insurance for project staff moving to other countries is the responsibility of the funding recipient and should be discussed with the German project manager responsible.

Can vouchers for costs be submitted at a later date?

Older vouchers can be submitted at the end of the project along with the final accounts. However, the costs must have been incurred during the term of the agreement.

Can funding be passed on by the applicants to partner institutions?

German applicants are not allowed to pass funding on to other organisations. The German partner is the contracting partner and as such is responsible for handling the project's finances.

Is it possible to book flights before the agreement comes into force?

Flights can be booked before the agreement comes into force, but the costs can be reimbursed only if the journey takes place within the term of the agreement (date on voucher).

Is the promotional funding disbursed at the beginning of the project, or does the recipient have to make payments first and then get reimbursed?

Once the agreement has been signed, the recipient has to submit a schedule of funding requirements showing how the approved budget is allocated to each budget line and month, for the entire period. This schedule can be used as a basis for requesting advance payments, for which accounts must be submitted after four months at the latest, including vouchers and evidence of how the funding has been used.

When can we start working on planning and realising the project?

It can take up to eight months from the submission of your application to the conclusion of an agreement. It therefore makes sense to wait until the agreement and the final data are available before beginning any detailed planning and implementation. Please note that it is not possible to cover any costs incurred prior to the start of the project as defined in the agreement.

I have submitted an application. When will I hear if my project has been selected for funding?

Information about the progress of applications after they have been submitted is available here. This process may take a long time. We therefore ask you not to contact us with questions about your application. All the projects will be notified simultaneously and in writing by e-mail. We are not able to answer telephone enquiries.

My application is not yet complete. Can the deadline for applications be extended?
No, we can only accept applications that are submitted through our application portal before the deadline for applications. If the deadline has already passed, we will look forward to receiving your application in the next funding round.
What should I do if my documents are larger than the permitted size?
If your forms exceed the size permitted by the application portal, you can compress them using a PDF converter (e.g. free pdf convert) to the permitted size. When scanning documents, you can also select a lower resolution to avoid exceeding the defined capacity.
Can we apply for funding to cover personnel costs?

We support your voluntary work. Funding cannot be awarded to cover personnel costs. To a very limited extent, fees (not salaries) paid to third parties for preparing and holding training seminars may be included in the accounts under 'Training costs'. In such cases, the German partner must sign a contract with the third-party institution. GIZ will then able to reimburse payments for such services, after the invoice has been paid by the German partner. GIZ does not make direct payments to third parties.

Does the financial plan have to include costs that are borne by the recipient itself?

No, the financial plan refers only to the funding for which you are applying. Information about your own financing may be provided in the project application in the section entitled 'Your inputs'.

How can I apply for funding?

Your application must be submitted via our online application portal. All the documents you need for your application are available in the application portal. Be sure to keep to the formats provided. You will find detailed instructions on how to apply here. Please note that the documents required may change from one round to the next, so please be sure to use the latest versions available from the application portal.

The partnership project is active at several locations in the partner country. Can several sites be included in the project?

If the project partner is active at several locations within one country, several sites can be included in the project. Here it is important that the various sites are all linked to the same project. Your application should mention the inclusion of several sites and specify what activities are to be carried out at each one.

My health institution/partner already receives funding for a different hospital partnership project. Can we still apply for funding for our project idea?

Yes, several projects may be funded simultaneously within one long-term partnership between two or more organisations. However, the projects must be clearly separated, i.e. their objectives and the measures to be applied must not overlap. The German partner should be sure to indicate this in the application so as to avoid duplication.

Is there a thematic focus?

At present the funding programme is not restricted to a specific topic. However, future rounds of funding may have a thematic focus. You can always find the requirements for the next round of applications on our website.

When does the next round of funding start?

Invitations to apply to the funding programme Health Partnerships – Global are issued twice a year. Subscribe to our newsletter in order to receive information about the start of the next round of applications. Information about the current round of applications can also be found on our website.

How much funding is awarded to projects?

Partnership projects may be awarded up to EUR 50,000 for a maximum period of two years.

For what purposes can funding be sought?

We support your voluntary work. You can apply to our programme for funding for project trips, training costs, materials and equipment, and administrative costs. Personnel costs, basic construction measures and research projects are not eligible for funding. A detailed overview of the costs that may be covered by our funding programme is available here.

We are a health facility but we don't have a partner. Can we apply for funding?

Our funding programme requires that you already have a partner for your joint project. You are welcome to contact us directly and we will advise you on possible partnerships. Our programme also funds new partnerships.

Who can be a partner in the partner country?

Healthcare institutions serving the public in countries that count as low and middle-income countries according to OECD DAC criteria. This includes university hospitals, other hospitals, medical training institutions, health centres and non-governmental organisations that provide public health services.

What is the objective of the Health Partnerships – Global funding programme?

The programme aims to foster sustainable partnerships for the long term that help strengthen health systems. The partnerships encourage the exchange of knowledge in order to improve health services in the partner organisations in low and middle-income countries.

Who is eligible for funding?

The Health Partnerships – Global programme accepts applications from German public-sector health facilities, such as university hospitals, other hospitals and public-benefit organisations in the health sector, such as associations, and their partners. The German partner is the official applicant and, if the application is successful, also the contracting partner for the funding.

Is it possible to receive funding from several programmes simultaneously?

Yes, several projects may be funded simultaneously within one long-term partnership between two or more organisations. However, the projects must be clearly separated, i.e. their objectives and the measures to be applied must not overlap. Please be sure to indicate in your application any other sources of funding so that duplication can be avoided.

What other funding options are available?

Besides the Hospital Partnerships Initiative’s two funding programmes, Health Partnerships – Global and University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) also finances the PAGEL programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which provides funding for health partnerships around the world. You can find information about the PAGEL programme here. Altogether, the three programmes cover a broad range of potential partners, topics and regions.

Which is the best funding programme for me?

The initiative currently offers two funding programmes: University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa and Health Partnerships – Global. Health Partnerships – Global funds new and existing partnerships anywhere in the world between organisations on a variety of health-related topics. University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa supports established partnerships with clinics and hospitals in Africa, with a regularly changing topical focus.

Can I do an internship, a clinical traineeship or a practical year as part of the hospital partnerships?

No, because the Hospital Partnerships initiative is intended to support long-term partnerships between German health-sector organisations and partners in low and middle-income countries. If you are interested in a university partnership, a training seminar, a clinical traineeship or a practical year, you may find a source of funding through the Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries (PAGEL) programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Information about the programme is available here.

In which countries is the Hospital Partnerships initiative active?

The funding programme University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa promotes health partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa, while the Health Partnerships – Global programme operates worldwide in low and middle-income countries, according to the OECD DAC criteria. You will find a list of our partnership projects here.

Who can apply for funding?

For the programme University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa, application is open to German public-sector health facilities, federal institutions and research institutes. In the case of Health Partnerships – Global, German public-sector health facilities and public-benefit organisations active in the area of health (e.g. associations) can apply.

What funding options does the initiative offer?

The initiative currently offers two funding programmes entitled University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa and Health Partnerships – Global. Our website provides information about the requirements and options of the two funding programmes.

What does the initiative aim to achieve?

Through its funding programmes, the initiative assists new and established partnership projects with networking, expert exchanges, capacity building and quality assurance. By training specialists, conducting applied research and strengthening the health care infrastructure, we are helping to optimise health care provision in our partner countries. Our partnerships are an effective way of enabling knowledge transfer between health professionals and promoting health facilities in the long term. The hospital partnerships use peer-to-peer learning approaches and work with their partners on an equal footing. In this way, goals and approaches are developed jointly, decisions are taken together, and open communication channels are established. We value transparency, sustainability and efforts to promote gender equality and people with disabilities.

How is the Hospital Partnerships initiative financed?

The initiative is funded and supported by BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. It receives technical support from the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is responsible for implementing the initiative.

What should I do if the length of my project changes?

Please report this change to the hospital partnerships secretariat immediately by email. Please indicate the new project period and explain the reasons for this change.

Extension of the project period. The project period can only be extended in certain cases, depending on the project period already applied for. Should it prove possible to extend the project, this will entail an amendment of the agreement and is only possible before the originally agreed period has elapsed.

Shortening of the project period. A shortening of the project period as such does not have any contractual consequences. Please submit your final report and final invoice soon after completion of the activities.

What should I do if the indicators for measuring the achievement of objectives change?

Please report this change to the hospital partnerships secretariat immediately by email. Please describe and explain the reasons for the planned changes, and if appropriate attach a modified project proposal.

What should I do if my financial plan changes?

Please report this change to the hospital partnerships secretariat immediately by email. Please describe and explain the reasons for the planned changes in the financial plan, and attach the new one and a correspondingly revised funding needs plan. You will only need to apply for an amendment to the original financial plan if shifts within the budget lines deviate from the original planned amount by more than 20% for any given cost item. It is not possible to exceed the contractually agreed funding amount. If a smaller amount is called up than was planned, this should be mentioned in the final report under additional information.

What should I do if the partner organisation in Germany or in the partner country changes?

Please report this change to the hospital partnerships secretariat immediately by email. If one of the partner organisations changes, the agreement cannot be continued. The secretariat will advise you on how to proceed.

What should I do if my project’s objective or the planned activities change?

Please report this change to the hospital partnerships secretariat immediately by email. Please describe and explain the reasons for the planned changes, and if appropriate attach the modified project plan. Please also include the changes in your next status report Changes to the activities and objectives can entail amendments to the agreement, which means the secretariat will need to determine how best to proceed.

What should I do if there is a change of project manager or other important individuals in our project?

Please report this change to the hospital partnerships secretariat immediately by email. Please include the name, contact details and short profile of the new project manager or other individual involved. N.B.: Please note that the new project manager should possess similar qualifications to his or her predecessor.