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UK triples budget for building health links between NHS and developing world

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 08 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6345
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The UK government is going to more than triple its budget for supporting links between NHS organisations and health services in developing countries.

Up to £5m (€5.8m; $8.1m) a year will be available through the new health partnership scheme from April next year to expand existing and develop new links and to increase volunteering opportunities for NHS staff.

The scheme will support new activities through multi-country partnerships as well as expanding specific partnership projects between NHS departments and health institutions in a wider range of countries. A brokerage service called Healthbay will help match demand from developing countries with support in the UK and elsewhere.

NHS staff who volunteer to go to developing countries usually go for only two weeks. But …

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