Global Health Education, Training and Services: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Global Health Education, Training and Services is a community-based funder that supports women's health, community, occupational and environmental health. The foundation also awards grants for healthcare training and capacity building.

IP TAKE: GHETS may be a modest grantmaker, but heavily emphasizes long-term, sustainable strategies, rather than brief gains. It believes in a comprehensive approach to health.

PROFILE: After spending decades recruiting U.S.-based healthcare professionals to join him to train healthcare workers in Latin America, Dr. David Engilman decided to establish Global Health Education, Training and Services in 2002. GHETS supports programs that help propel “[s]ystematic change in health around the world," and believes that "[w]ell-trained and supported doctors, nurses, and allied health workers are the key to sustainable change." GHETS invests in women's and community health, occupational and environmental health, and training and capacity building. 

Despite partnering with major medical organizations and academic institutions, GHETS takes a community-based approach toward its grantmaking to promote an "[i]ncreased utilization of local knowledge and expertise.” Its women's and community health efforts address training programs, and community-based outreach that includes maternal and child health. It also supports projects that address gender-based violence.

GHETS does not impose gegraphic restrictions on its funding, but concentrates on developing countries. Since the foundation does not list grant amounts, it is more difficult to ascertain grants sizes; however, recent tax filings reveal awards between about $1,000 to $10,000.

GHETS accepts unsolicited grant applications; grantseekers may submit an application at any time throughout the year.


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