£25,000 available to NHS workers for humanitarian projects

NHS teams planning humanitarian work overseas can apply for grants of up to £3,000 from the BMA/RCN Humanitarian Fund.

Dr Terry John: grants of up to £3,000 are available
Dr Terry John: grants of up to £3,000 are available

The total available for projects in 2010 is £25,000, including £20,000 from the BMA and £5,000 from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Last year 29 grants were awarded from the Humanitarian Fund, which is administered by the BMA's International Department.

Projects ranged from reducing infant deaths by training community health workers to deliver improved maternity care in Afghanistan to setting up a sustainable kidney transplant programme in Ghana.

Dr Terry John, chairman of the BMA's International Committee, said: ‘Grants of up to £3,000 are available for individual projects to cover costs such as travel expenses and accommodation, which can so often be the stumbling block that prevents projects going ahead.'

NHS staff seeking funds should apply to international.info@bma.org.uk.

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