Seasons Greetings from King's Global Health Partnerships

Seasons Greetings from King's Global Health Partnerships
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17 DECEMBER 2021


Seasons Greetings from Laura Hucks, Director of King’s Global Health Partnerships
It’s been an excellent year for our health partnerships. I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks, in the first instance to our partners in Somaliland, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Zambia. These are the dedicated health professionals and educators, whose commitment drives this work forward, and it’s nothing but a privilege to collaborate with them. My thanks also to KGHP’s hardworking and talented staff team, and the many volunteers from across the NHS and King’s College London, who give up their free time to share expertise. Without their dedication, none of the work we do would be possible. In this time of unprecedented health and financial challenge, it’s a source of pride that we have worked together to make a real difference to patients in Somaliland, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Zambia.

There are many achievements to celebrate. This year we have successfully completed two major projects focused on the reform of higher education in Somaliland and Sierra Leone. Low levels of knowledge, skills and confidence among health care workers are often a result of their pre-service education and training, and yet this is often neglected. Working in partnership, both projects have achieved wide-ranging reforms in professional education, preparing the next generation of health workers to provide high quality care. There is a need to continue to invest in the health workforce, and we keen to build on the gains we have made.
We were saddened by the terrible fuel tanker explosion in Freetown in November, which left over 100 Sierra Leoneans dead and many with severe burns. Our grateful thanks to all who donated to our public appeal, which will ensure that burns survivors have the best chances of recovery. Mass casualty events like these test the resilience of the health system, especially in a context where the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rumble on. We have continued to support government responses to the pandemic in DR Congo and Somaliland, working to build preparedness for future waves of the disease. Together with our partners, we are seeking to build health services, which can consistently provide high quality care, even in a crisis. 
2022 holds many exciting opportunities for us, with new work to improve the survival of mothers and babies starting in Zambia and a province-wide training programme on safe surgery starting in DR Congo.  We look forward to working together in partnership.  With all good wishes for the festive period and for a healthy and happy new year!

Latest News from our Health Partnerships

Strengthening Emergency Care in Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) asked KGHP to help strengthen Emergency Care provision in Sierra Leone by designing and delivering a 7-day Training of Trainers (ToT) course. A team of eight expert volunteers from Sierra Leone and the UK delivered the course to a total of 75 multidisciplinary healthcare staff from 16 hospitals across the country.
Read more here

Improving Quality of Education for Somaliland's Health Workforce

As our five-year project to improve the quality of education for medical, nursing and midwifery students in Somaliland draws to an end, we are launching a series of reports reviewing the impacts of the project. The first report, Training Somaliland’s Future Health Workforce: Strengthening the Quality of Teaching shows how teaching practice improved at our three partner universities as a result of the project.
Read more here

Freetown Explosion: Caring for Burns Survivors

Following the tragic explosion in Sierra Leone in November, we have raised an incredible £85,000 thanks to our supporters' generous donations. A team of NHS burns specialists will join colleagues in Freetown early next year to help support the longer term care of burns survivors.
Read more here 

Reducing Covid-19 transmission at hospitals in Somaliland

We have been working with the Government of Somaliland to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission at Hargeisa Group Hospital, the country’s largest hospital. Dr Manal Ahmed Gas from the Ministry of Health Development reflects on the collaboration between King’s and health partners in Somaliland, to strengthen triage of Covid patients and establish an infection control programme. 
Read more here

Research from King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital utilisation in Sierra Leone
Catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment after caesarean section in Sierra Leone: An evaluation of the free health care initiative
Association between ambulance prehospital time and maternal and perinatal outcomes in Sierra Leone: a countrywide study

Current Volunteering Opportunities

We are recruiting for the following volunteer posts:

Specialist Nurse - Burns, Sierra Leone (in-country)

Nurse Volunteer, Clinical & Education, Sierra Leone (in-country)

Global Health Expert to join KGHP's Strategy Delivery Board (remote)

NHS Representative to join KGHP's Strategy Delivery Board (remote)
Read more and apply here

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