Building a stronger health system in Sierra Leone
As we approach three years since the first confirmed case of Ebola in the 2014-2015 West African outbreak, the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership has produced a series of films that look at the team’s work at Connaught Hospital in Sierra Leone.
King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is part of King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships. It has been operating with key Sierra Leonean institutions since 2011, with an in-country presence since 2013. When Ebola spread across West Africa in 2015, the Partnership swiftly expanded its activities to try and contain the outbreak.
As Sierra Leone moves on from Ebola, the team have now returned to their broader work of strengthening the healthcare system, supporting Connaught Hospital and the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences to solidify their futures as key health institutions for Sierra Leone. Each day, approximately 3,800 people pass through Connaught Hospital’s main gate and more than 24,000 people access care each year. With so many people, it’s important that patients are triaged quickly and correctly.
Watch the following films to find out how KSLP and Connaught Hospital are working to build a strong and resilient health system in Sierra Leone.
Watch video with Dr Oliver Johnson: King’s medicine alumnus and former Director of KSLP, Dr Oliver Johnson talks about how KSLP worked with local partners to respond to the outbreak, and the importance of global health in his education. Following the outbreak, the team supported the refurbishment of the former Ebola Isolation unit into a modern A&E unit complete with a functioning triage system.