Since our founding in 2000, the King’s Somaliland Partnership (KSP) has pursued a partnership approach to healthcare system strengthening. We build capacity 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-20 university.
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.
Much of KSP’s work has been carried out in partnership with the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the leading supporter of health partnerships in the UK, as part of the Health Consortium for the Somali People (HCS), a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID).
"The KSP medical team came to our rescue five days after the hospital was opened. They helped us with developing the hospital treatment protocols which are used to this day and supervised our nurses and midwives in how to care for the sick, as our trainee student nurses were nursing real patients for the first time.”
– Edna Adan Ismail, Founder and Director of Edna Adan University Hospital
“The most rewarding part of the partnership has been to get to know deans at the medical schools and see their staff and students develop. Many of those now teaching students and delivering clinical care are graduates from the last few years. The relationships developed with repeated visits builds confidence on both sides between individuals and institutions.”
– Emeritus Professor John Rees, Lead of the KSP Health Professions Education Volunteer Group
“KSP’s impact on health services provision is tremendous and formidable. Graduates are working in places where no services were going, doing the caesarean section saving mothers and children which was not possible 15 years before.”
– Dr Said Ahmed Walhad, Principal of Amoud College of Health Science
"My involvement with KSP has given me experience of devising and evaluating a novel e-learning model and publishing the findings, of developing meaningful, lasting partnerships with colleagues in Somaliland and of leadership. Most importantly, KSP has helped me identify a lifelong interest and engagement in global mental health.”
– Dr Roxanne Keynejad, Co-Lead of the KSP Mental Health Volunteer Group