🚑Emergency system strengthening│📋Quality Improvement│💉Diabetes care

🚑Emergency system strengthening│📋Quality Improvement│💉Diabetes care
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30 SEPT 2021


Welcome to the second edition of the KGHP newsletter
In the last quarter, our partners have had to contend with a resurgence of Covid-19, driven by the circulation of highly transmissible variants of concern. Research that we have undertaken with the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences in Sierra Leone, shows that health service utilisation has been affected by the pandemic but that knowledge and experience from the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak have been leveraged, and this has lessened the negative impact of the disease on essential health services. We are continuing to support health professionals in Somaliland and Democratic Republic of Congo, working with them to develop approaches to the management of the disease as the knowledge base evolves.  Africa faces a vaccine shortage of almost 500 million doses and is likely to fall short of the WHO year-end target for countries to vaccinate 40% of their populations.

Alongside this work to support partners managing Covid-19, we are excited to be starting new work with partners to strengthen the emergency care system in Zambia and Sierra Leone– a neglected area for international development funders, but an essential component of universal health coverage, and for many people in Sub-Saharan Africa, the primary point of access to the health system.

I hope you enjoy this update on our work – we’d love to hear from you if you would like to get more involved! - Laura Hucks, Director, King's Global Health Partnerships

Latest News from our Health Partnerships

King's awarded funding to support maternal and neonatal care in Zambia

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded funding by the James Percy Foundation to support our partners in the Copperbelt Region of Zambia to improve the quality of care for mothers and newborn babies. The programme will target 11 primary healthcare facilities, directly benefiting over 41,400 mothers, their babies and their wider families.
Read more here

King's establishes largest stroke register in Sub-Saharan Africa  

The Stroke in Sierra Leone (SISLE) research group has established a stroke register, the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa, that provides local stroke risk and outcome data, essential to inform the development of stroke services in Sierra Leone. Stroke is now for the first time, a key focus in the national Non-Communicable Disease Strategic Plan 2021-2025. 
Read more here and Download the full research study

Managing diabetes in the context of Covid-19 in DR Congo

We were invited by our partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to coordinate a group of experts in diabetes from King's Health Partners, to help develop context-appropriate training for patients living with diabetes in the Kongo Central province.
Read more here

Emergency Room training in Sierra Leone

In October, the King's Sierra Leone Partnership will be running emergency room training for 64 healthcare professionals from 16 districts across Sierra Leone, to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to manage emergencies in their own facilities - whether that is in the outpatient department, a ward or ambulance.
Read more about the project here

Quality Improvement in Somaliland's health care system

We are excited to be partnering with the Ministry of Health Development in Somaliland, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop Somaliland’s first national strategy for quality of care, based on the WHO’s approach, Quality of Care in Fragile, Conflict Affected and Vulnerable Settings.  
Read more about the project here

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

Paediatric surgical outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa: a multicentre, international, prospective cohort study 
Strengthening ethics committees for health-related research in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review protocol
Mortality from gastrointestinal congenital anomalues at 264 hospitals in 74 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries: a multicentre, international, prospective cohort study
Optimising antimicrobial use in humans - review of current evidence and an interdisciplinary consensus on key priorities for research
Global surgery, obstetric, and anaesthesia indicator definitions and reporting: An Utstein consensus report
A Prospective Stroke Register in Sierra Leone: Demographics, Stroke Type, Stroke Care and Hospital Outcomes

Current Volunteering Opportunities

We are recruiting for the following volunteer post:

Stroke Nurse, Sierra Leone

Please check our website in the coming weeks for further opportunities.
Read more and apply here

Meet the People behind the Partnerships

Rachel works in Freetown with our partner, Connaught Hospital, to strengthen nursing systems by empowering nurses with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best patient care. Alongside senior nurses from Connaught, Rachel is establishing a framework for continuous professional development to provide on-the-job education and training to all nursing staff.

Help us to continue our work

If you would like to donate to the partnerships, please consider supporting us with a one-off or regular donation.
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