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Global Health & Global Surgery – 'Developing and piloting health system strengthening interventions to improve the quantity and quality of surgical and anaesthesia care in Sierra Leone.'

To start: 01/04/2018

A three year PhD studentship

School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences

Mr Andy Leather and Professor Justine Davies


£21,465 per annum. In addition, fees, flights to Sierra Leone, and other in-country costs are covered

Project Summary
This is a unique opportunity to join ASSET-Sierra Leone, part of the King’s College London’s NIHR Global Health Research Unit (ASSET-SSA), which aims to improve delivery and outcomes of continuing care, as distinct from acute curative interventions, in 4 sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe), and across 3 essential healthcare platforms; integrated mental/physical primary healthcare; maternal; and surgical care.

In Sierra Leone, we will work across various stakeholders (communities; primary, secondary and tertiary care facilities; district management teams; and ministry of health & sanitation) in the Western Area to develop, adapt and evaluate health system strengthening interventions (HSSI) to enhance access to efficient, equitable, effective and affordable surgical and anesthesia care delivery.

We will focus on community engagement, guideline based care, care pathways, process/outcome monitoring, peer-driven QI cycles (learning health systems), workforce strengthening (non-technical skills), and person-centred care; supported where indicated by affordable technology.

The student will be based in the King's Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships within the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London, and will join another student who will also be working on the project.

The student will be a part of a growing community of global health doctoral students through the new King’s Global Health Institute.


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