Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UK Aid Direct was established in 2014 as a successor to the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), which was created in 2010. UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieving the Global Goals. The aim of UK Aid Direct is to fund small- and medium-sized national and international civil society organisations (CSOs) to reduce poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals. Specifically, UK Aid Direct funding reaches the most marginalised and vulnerable populations, supporting the DFID agenda to ‘leave no one behind’. This agenda can be achieved through funding projects that encompass service delivery, economic empowerment, strengthening accountability or generating social change. As a flexible fund, UK Aid Direct is designed to be an adaptive and demand-led fund that responds to DFID priorities of:\n\n- Strengthening global peace, security and governance\n\n- Strengthening resilience and response to crisis\n\n- Promoting global prosperity\n\n- Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable\n\n- Delivering value for money
To improve reproductive, maternal, new born and child health services to the population of Punjab (Pb) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which comprises 70% of the total population in Pakistan.
1) Deliver the UK's ambition to be internationally outstanding in global health research, improving the lives of people in LMICs. 2) Create an environment where world-class global health research, focused on the needs of LMICs can thrive. 3) Translate advances in applied global health research into benefits for patients and the public in LMICs. 4) Focus on priority areas which will have the greatest impact on health in LMICs in the short, medium and long term. 5) Provide high quality research evidence to inform decision-making by public health officials, practitioners and policy makers. 6) Increase the volume and quality of multi-disciplinary global health research from the UK. 7) Develop knowledge and capacity within existing UK institutions which can be translated into global health research practice. 8) Retain a level of responsive research capacity to address emerging global health research requirements (Units only).
Over the course of this project the UK will work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to help it fulfil its leadership role in implementing the IHR and in responding to global public health emergencies. The project will work intimately with national governments, development partners and with regional and sub-regional agencies to deliver its support. This support will be coordinated with support from other donors, ensuring it adds value and is sustainable, identifies and responds to gaps, complements support from others and aligns behind nationally identified priorities. Implementation of UK support will be led by Public Health England, but may include contracting and working through UN agencies where appropriate and where this will maximise value for money.
The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK -PHRST) has the following main objectives: 1) Within ODA eligible countries to support the rapid investigation and response to disease outbreaks at source, with the aim of stopping a public health threat becoming a health emergency. 2) Conduct rigorous research to aid epidemic preparedness and response and improve future response. 3) Generate an evidence base for best practice in disease outbreak interventions within ODA eligible countries. 4) Train a cadre of public health reservists for the UK -PHRST who can be rapidly deployed to respond to disease outbreaks. 5) Build capacity in-country for an improved and rapid national response to disease outbreaks and contribute to supporting implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR).