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King's Somaliland Partnership

Since 2000, the King’s Somaliland Partnership (KSP) has pursued a partnership approach to strengthening the healthcare system in Somaliland by maximising the collaboration between health professionals and institutions in the UK and Somaliland.

Run from the King’s Centre for Global Health in London, KSP is part of an Academic Health Science Centre that draws on the clinical, educational and research excellence of three leading NHS hospital trusts and a global top-25 university.

King’s Somaliland Partnership volunteer experts work to build healthcare capacity in Somaliland by supporting institutions, developing professional skills and developing clinical skills.

Somaliland, a young democracy that is emerging from a conflict that ended only 25 years ago, has some of the world’s worst health indicators and a healthcare system beset by problems at both institutional and individual levels.

When the first KSP volunteers visited in 2000, there were no medical schools, no regulatory body, only one nursing training course and few hospitals.

In 15 years, KSP has grown from a small group of expert volunteers working with Somaliland’s only health training institution at the time, to an organisation with an active base of over 150 expert volunteers across 11 speciality areas, working with 13 key Somaliland institutions and reaching hundreds of Somaliland health workers and students annually.

For an illustration of one of KSP’s groundbreaking online projects, watch the video Breaking the Taboo: Sexual Health in Somaliland:

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