King’s Global Health Partnerships works with health facilities, academic institutions and governments to strengthen health systems and improve the quality of care in four countries: Somaliland, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. We bring together expertise from King’s College London, King’s Health Partners’ NHS Trusts and our international partners to:
- Educate, train and support healthcare workers
- Strengthen healthcare and training institutions
- Enhance national health policies and systems.
We connect UK and African health professionals, providing training, mentoring and hands-on support; and undertake collaborative research to inform policy and practice. We also support our partners by providing access to funding, networks and development opportunities. Through these long-term partnerships and our global volunteering scheme we promote skills and knowledge exchange. This mutual learning contributes to building a stronger health workforce and improved quality of healthcare both internationally and in the UK.
Global Volunteering Scheme
Learn more about our volunteering opportunities in our partner countries.
King’s Kongo Central Partnership
Strengthening the health system to improve trauma outcomes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
King’s Sierra Leone Partnership
Supporting our partners to strengthen the health system in Sierra Leone
King’s Somaliland Partnership
Strengthening higher education and training for health professionals in Somaliland
King's Sierra Leone Partnership
The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) was established in 2013 and works to strengthen the health system with a focus on the following areas:
- Health Workforce Development
- Patient Care and Experience
- Strengthening Hospital Management
- Clinical Innovation and Best Practice
The challenges of Sierra Leone’s healthcare system are well-known: chronic underfunding and a shortage of qualified workers, coupled with an underlying high burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Between 2014 and 2016, Sierra Leone was hit by an Ebola outbreak, with the country counting a total of 14,124 cases, including 3,955 deaths. King’s responded to the outbreak alongside senior leaders in government hospitals and other local partners. Although key health indicators are improving – childhood and maternal mortality rates have declined over the last 5 years – Sierra Leoneans continue to face many challenges when it comes to accessing high quality health care.
Since 2013, the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership has:
• Implemented a functioning triage system for patients at Connaught Hospital
• Supported over 60,000 patients to access timely and appropriate care, through the National Referral System (NRS)
• Provided clinical, psychosocial and logistical support in the Ebola response in 2014/15 and the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
Health Workforce Development
Supporting the development of a skilled health workforce in Sierra Leone
We work with Connaught Hospital, the main adult teaching and tertiary referral hospital in Sierra Leone; the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), the country’s only medical and pharmacy school; and the Government of Sierra Leone