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16 JUNE 2021

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Welcome from Laura Hucks, Director of King’s Global Health Partnerships
Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter! We are hoping to give you a taster of some of our work to strengthen health systems across King’s Global Health Partnerships. This work is made possible because of the commitment of partners in Somaliland, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. Its success also relies on over 100 skilled volunteers from the UK’s National Health Service, particularly from the King’s Health Partners in South London.  
 
It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but particularly for health workers, both here in the UK and in the countries where we work. International support has been limited for our African partners battling Covid-19 and the pandemic is not over. And yet we have a lot to celebrate! It was the twentieth anniversary of our partnership between King’s and Somaliland last year. Our programme of work to deliver systemic change in Higher Education for health professionals, Prepared for Practice, has delivered significant achievements which you can read about in this issue.  In Sierra Leone, together with our partners at Connaught Hospital, we have worked to develop patient pathways and improvements in diagnosis and treatment of malaria. In DR Congo our work to strengthen surgical skills continues from strength to strength and in Zambia we have been working to develop a training programme to improve laparoscopic skills. 
 
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer in our projects, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Latest News from our Health Partnerships

UK Aid cuts hit King’s Global Health Partnerships vital programmes


The recent cuts to the UK government’s overseas development assistance budget, by £4 billion, has had a direct impact on our health partnerships in Africa. Planned projects in Somaliland to improve care for 15,000 pregnant women and their babies, and the installation of solar power in operating theatres in the Democratic Republic of Congo have had to be halted because of the funding cuts. 
Read more here

Prepared for Practice: Training Somaliland’s Future Health Workers  


As we enter the final phase of our flagship project in Somaliland, strengthening the quality of undergraduate education for health professionals, we look back at some of the successes from the last 12 months; from the launch of the first national, medical curriculum to teaching and examining 320 nursing, medical and midwifery students.
Read more here

Reducing the Malaria Burden in Sierra Leone


We recently completed the Comic Relief and GSK-funded project, SHIFT, which focused on improving the quality of care for patients that suffer from fever, a major symptom of malaria.  Working closely with our partners in Sierra Leone, we helped to improve patient access to malaria testing and treatment; train over 600 health workers in malaria diagnosis and fever management; and provide faster malaria testing through the introduction of a digital laboratory system. 
Read more about the project and Download the SHIFT project impact report

Covid-19 update from across our partnerships


Read the latest situation in our partner countries and how we are supporting their Covid-19 response efforts. 
Read more here

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

Assessing trauma care systems in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and evidence synthesis mapping the Three Delays framework to injury health system assessments
Implementation Strategies and the Uptake of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
What is the financial burden to patients of accessing surgical care in Sierra Leone? A cross-sectional survey of catastrophic and impoverishing expenditure
Living with a hernia: A qualitative study of patient experience of abdominal wall hernias in Ndola, Zambia 
The burden of mental disorder in Sierra Leone: a retrospective observational evaluation of programmatic data from the roll out of decentralised nurse-led mental health units
Toxicity in the supply chain: cobalt, orthopaedics, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

HELP NEEDED – Calling all former volunteers!


For her Global Health Master’s Dissertation, King’s College London student, Ms. Srinidhi Shyamkumar, is researching the impact of volunteerism on health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. She would love to hear from KGHP volunteers! She has designed a 10-minute anonymized questionnaire to find out about your role as a volunteer and the perceived impact of your contribution. If you would like to participate, please complete the questionnaire by 15 July 2021.
Click here to complete the survey

Current Volunteering Opportunities

We are recruiting for the following volunteer posts:


Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Zambia (remote and in-country support)

Senior Theatre Nurse, Zambia (remote and in-country support)

Covid-19 Response Volunteer Group, Democratic Republic of Congo (remote support)

Infection Prevention Control (IPC) and Covid-19 Response Volunteer Group, Somaliland (remote support)
Read more and apply here

Meet the People behind the Partnerships

For World Health Worker Week on April 5-9, we celebrated some of the inspiring health workers from across our health partnerships on our social media. You can see the feature on our Twitter stream  #WHWWeek

Help us to continue our work

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