The European Commission is requesting NGOs to apply for its new funding opportunity made available under the theme of “Good Health for All.” The adoption of ‘Programme for Action on the Crisis in Human Resources for Health (HRH) in Developing Countries 2007-2013’ in 2006 by the EC led to a deeper understanding of the critical issues faced in the area of human resources to achieve better healthcare globally. There are a number of challenges faced by the public sector in planning, recruiting, training and managing training health personnel, which in turn is creating widening gaps in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. However, it has also been acknowledged that in such a situation, NGOs and other civil society organizations can rise above from their current levels of training only health workers to actually make interventions “to support and improve national health workforce strategies on pay and working conditions for HRH, on effective motivating factors, on equitable access to services and on putting the issue of HRH into the wider context of health system strengthening.”
In this context, the “Engaging civil society organizations to support national health workforce policies, strategies, capacity building and skills transfer” launched under the thematic programme of “Investing in People” intends to “to enhance the capacity and advocacy skills of civil society organisations and other non-State actors in the area of human resources issues; advocate for policy development, implementation and monitoring; and improve knowledge of HRH at country and regional level.” The theme will address four key health issues, namely: human resources for health (HRH); poverty-related and neglected diseases; sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); and a balanced approach to prevention, treatment and care.
Some of the activities that can be funded under this call for proposals can be building the skills and knowledge of civil society organizations so that they can effectively carry out advocacy on HRH issues, enhance the capacities of policymakers and other public sector actions and also undertake operational research. Although interventions can be made in any country, the EC will give stronger preference to countries which face a severe shortage of healthcare professionals. According to the 2006 World Health Report, these countries are Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The minimum and maximum amounts to be proposed are €300,000 and €1,500,000 respectively with some additional funding sourced from other channels. This is a restricted call for proposals, which means only Concept Notes have to be initially submitted by all applicants, following which full proposals will be requested from shortlisted applicants. PADOR registration is required prior to the submission of the Concept Notes. The deadline for the submission is 8 January 2010. For more information, download the documents from this link.