Tropical Health and Education Trust

Tropical Health and Education Trust

Charity information

Tropical Health and Education Trust

THET was founded in 1988 by Sir Eldryd Parry to improve the quality of healthcare in the developing world. Huge strides have been taken over the last 25 years, but we still have a long way to go to give all individuals access to the quality of healthcare that they deserve.
Poor countries around the world lack essential health workers to provide care for their population. Communities are often unable to access even basic healthcare, contributing to low life expectancy and high mortality, particularly for women and children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has forecast a global shortfall of 4. 2 million health workers by 2015. Without an adequately trained and appropriately distributed health workforce, countries cannot run effective health systems.
Our aim is to improve health service delivery by ensuring health workers are appropriately trained, educated, deployed, supported and retained. We work closely with government and local partners to ensure our programmes are appropriate and sustainable, responding to the country’s needs. Our work not only strengthens the health workforce but helps improve global healthcare.

Founded 1988

  • Mission statement

    THET is an international development organisation working to improve the health of people in Africa and Asia. Focusing on strengthening healthcare services, we harness the skills and expertise of UK health professionals to improve the skills of health workers in some of the poorest countries in the world. Based in the UK, we have twenty five years experience working with health institutions around the world, promoting action that is practical, sustainable and responsive.

    THET's unique approach uses health partnership models to link UK health institutions and networks of individuals with health institutions in Africa and Asia. These 'Health Links' harness the skills and expertise of UK health professionals who work in partnership with their counterparts overseas to strengthen health services through an exchange of skills, knowledge and experience.

  • Aims

    Tropical Health and Education Trust aims to:

    • To improve the quality of healthcare in the developing world by ensuring health workers are appropriately trained, educated, deployed, supported and retained.
    • To create, fund and facilitate Health Partnerships between UK health institutions and their counterparts in developing countries.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1988

    Registered Charity Number: 1113101

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 38

    Volunteers: 600

    Phone number: 02072903892

    Address: 1 Wimpole Street LONDON W1G 0AE

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