Shelley Parry, KSLP Coordinator
After a BSc in Microbiology and a year’s internship at Pfizer, I made the shift into the global health field through my MSc Global Health at Maastricht University. As part of this degree, I studied in Thailand, India and Malaysia, where I conducted my thesis research at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health.
By jumping into the world of global health I have discovered where my passion truly lies, and I am now proud to work for KSLP. This is particularly because of its sustainable partnership approach – something I have a strong personal interest in and I’m currently working on the upcoming Students for Global Health (formerly Medsin) annual conference on this topic.
As the Coordinator of KSLP, I am responsible for the logistics, communications and act as the primary point of contact for our staff and volunteers in Sierra Leone. New to the team in August 2017, I’m looking forward to getting to know our partners and the work that they do and am hugely motivated by the pride and enthusiasm which exudes from the entire team.
I’m the Partnerships Manager for the King’s Centre for Global Health. Alongside supporting the other Partnerships in the Centre, I provide oversight and advice on the programme and operations in Freetown. Mostly this means keeping track of the finances, managing relations with UK partners, and keeping our overall grants structure aligned, but I pick up a lot of other things going on as well.
I joined KSLP in May 2014 as a part-time administrator, unfortunately just before the Ebola outbreak. It was a difficult time, but as a consequence I know the organisation inside-out – a lot of what you see now I’ve helped to build since then. I came from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, where I had been running a wide range of training courses for senior civil servants; it was a course on national health planning that really piqued my interest in moving into the health field.
But my passion, and what really attracted me to KSLP, is participation in development. I studied both a BA (Politics and Development) and MSc (Globalisation and Development) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where I developed a critical understanding of international development. What inspired me as a means of change are locally-owned, participatory structures of governance, and this culminated in my study of the radically emancipatory movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.
I’ve fallen in love with Sierra Leone whilst in this role, and I’m excited about working in – and continuing to improve – an organisation that truly delivers on its values to support the development of the health sector in Sierra Leone.
Molly Hrudka, Grants Officer
As the London-based Grants Officer, I am responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the three partnerships within the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships – Sierra Leone, Somaliland, and DRC.
Before beginning my role as Grants Officer, I was the Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Partnership. Before joining King’s, I worked for IntraHealth International, an organization that works to empower health workers, and for the AIDS Support Organisation in Masaka, Uganda.
I was drawn to KSLP because of its Health Partnership approach. Having just completed my MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I was encouraged to think critically about the lasting impacts of health and development work, KSLP’s focus on health system strengthening through co-development struck me as a sustainable and mutually-beneficial approach.
I am excited by the prospect of working to ensure the sustainability of the three partnerships in the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships. My goal is to ensure that the team in Freetown is able to get on doing what it does best – working with local partners to build a strong and resilient health system in Sierra Leone.
Mr Andy Leather, Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health
Andy is the Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1996 and is also an honorary Senior Lecturer in Global Health at King’s College London. He has promoted global health activities across King’s for a number of years, starting the King’s College Hospital International Development Unit in 2006 and then co-leading King’s Health Partners global health initiatives with Professor Martin Prince, Professor Denise Lievesley and Professor Stephen Challacombe. In 2011, he became the founding director of the King’s Centre for Global Health which promotes collaboration in global health activities across KCL and the three NHS Partner Trusts of King’s Health Partners.
His interest in global health started in 1997 when, as a newly appointed consultant surgeon, he began to travel to Ethiopia to train health officers to undertake surgical procedures. He developed an interest in obstetric fistula surgery and then in 2000 started to develop a health partnership between King’s and a maternity hospital in post-conflict Somaliland. This work has developed into a broad health system strengthening programme with a focus on leadership and governance within the Somaliland health sector, institutional capacity building, and health worker teaching and training. Multiple Somaliland partners now work with an international consortium and are funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. King’s Health Partners now support the THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) programme in Somaliland.
He teaches on the global health Student Selected Components (SSCs), Intercalated-BSc and Summer School on topics such as health systems strengthening, conflict and health and global surgery. He co-leads the Conflict & Health module and the Library Projects module for the i-BSc.
His research focus is on post-conflict health systems with an emphasis on health worker support and information communication technology in fragile states. He is also interested in research on the impact of health links between the UK and low income countries, conflict and health, and global surgical issues.
His capacity building work has now expanded beyond Somaliland and he oversees the King’s Health Partners work in Somaliland, Zambia and Sierra Leone.