KSP volunteers are divided between 10 speciality groups, each with its own lead, overseen by a full-time programme manager and part-time clinical lead:
KSP volunteers deliver programmes in three ways:
Short teaching and training trips, usually involving two volunteers and lasting two weeks
Integrated courses comprising online and face-to-face components
Real-time teaching, training, mentoring, project collaboration and supervision.
Taken together, this model allows volunteer health workers in resource rich settings to contribute to global health work without disrupting their careers, at the same time as providing Somaliland health workers in resource-poor settings with year-round support comprising quality, personalised face-to-face and online interactions that advance skills and knowledge and dispel feelings of remoteness and isolation.
We implement our work with two partners: THET and MedicineAfrica. THET’s teams in the UK and Somaliland provide KSP with essential programmatic expertise and guidance as well as logistical and security support. MedicineAfrica is an online platform for global health partnerships, built for low-bandwidth use to connect health workers around the world in real-time. Designed by a KSP volunteer for use in Somaliland in 2009, MedicineAfrica enabled KSP to become the first organisation to deliver an on-going programme of interactive health education in a fragile state.