Times Higher Award for Sierra Leone Partnership
Posted on 27/11/2015
THE Award win for King's Sierra Leone Partnership
King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) has won a prestigious Times Higher Education Award in recognition of its work to support the development of sustainable health services in West Africa. The team picked up the award for International Collaboration of the Year at a ceremony in London.
Established in 2013, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is a collaboration between King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Sierra Leone’s College of Medicine and Allied Health Science, Ministry of Health & Sanitation and Connaught Hospital in Freetown.
The team, made up in a large part by volunteers, was originally in Sierra Leone to help build and strengthen the local health system. Working with their local partners they have helped build capacity, capability and sustainability within Sierra Leone’s health sector through improvement projects and strengthening training, clinical services, research and policy. They have recently helped develop and open new facilities for infectious diseases and oxygen supply.
They also played a vital role in responding to the Ebola outbreak. They provided a full clinical response to Ebola at Connaught Hospital. They worked closely with the Sierra Leone Government and local and international partners to increase the local capacity to identify and treat Ebola patients, provide essential clinical training, spread best practice quickly and, by helping set up an Ebola Command Centre in Freetown, manage the effective flow of patients across the city.
The team’s joint approach enabled it to treat over 1,400 suspected and 900 confirmed cases of Ebola. They played an influential role advising the UK Government about the ongoing response, and were awarded a £1m grant by the Department for International Development in October last year.
Francis Kaikumba, Programme Director of King’s Sierra Leone Partnership says ‘this award is a real credit to the vision and dedication of all the partners involved in this project. The breadth of the team’s work – from training and capacity-building to reacting on the ground to this major outbreak – show just how effective and successful partnerships can be as a tool for building strong and sustainable healthcare systems around the world. It is also a tribute to the local healthcare staff who bravely led the fight against Ebola, especially to those who so tragically lost their lives.’
Dr Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International) at King’s College London, said:
“This fantastic achievement goes to show how our expertise in global health and commitment to partnership working is having a profound impact on people around the world and on changing health policy which has the potential to save millions more lives.”
The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership team remain in Sierra Leone working alongside their local partners to continue the development of a resilient and sustainable health system.