King's Sierra Leone Partnership

King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) aims to help build Sierra Leone’s health system by strengthening training, clinical services, policy and research. By leveraging technical expertise from King’s Health Partners in London over the long term, this innovative programme and resourceful approach responds directly to the needs of the health sector in Sierra Leone.

KSLP aims to provide a coordinated package of quality support to strengthen health workforce planning, health worker training and key clinical services such as surgery, dentistry, mental health, cancer and palliative care.

Connaught Hospital is the main adult teaching and tertiary referral hospital in Sierra Leone and aims to become a centre of excellence for specialist patient care, training and research. However it is currently facing significant challenges with few specialists, weak administration and dysfunctional infrastructure. KSLP is working alongside senior hospital staff to establish systems to strengthen hospital management and improve clinical care.

College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone (COMAHS) is Sierra Leone’s only medical and pharmacy school and the main institution for basic and specialist nurse training. The College is critical for the rebuilding of the health workforce but has limited training capacity, poor learning facilities and a major shortage of teaching staff in most areas. This has led to poor academic results and dropout rates of up to 40 percent. COMAHS is committed to improving its training and facilities and KSLP is working with their faculty to provide training support across medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry.

We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to make sure that all of our projects are aligned with national priorities and policies. We liaise directly with the Minister and her senior team, and support policy development in the Directorates of Hospitals, Labs & Training, Human Resources for Health, and Non-Communicable Diseases & Research. We actively promote collaboration with other NGOs and better coordination across the health sector.

The partnership is coordinated from London by the King’s Centre for Global Health and draws on expertise from across King’s Health Partners. In January 2013 the programme was launched in Freetown by Programme Director Dr Oliver Johnson who is supported by a small team based at Connaught Hospital in Freetown.

Volunteers from across King’s Health Partners provide support through short trips and sabbaticals, distance support and by hosting colleagues from Sierra Leone in London for training and placements. By drawing on a pool of qualified experts across our partner organisations in the UK including King’s College London, Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust, KSLP is uniquely positioned to make a significant impact.

Trip to Freetown May 2012

Oliver and Susie will be visiting Freetown from 4-11th May 2012 - particularly to meet with COMAHS, Kissy Psychiatric and MOHS. We're interested in also visiting the University of Makeni - does anyone have any contacts there?