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, Coordinator
As the London-based Coordinator for KSLP, I am responsible for facilitating the ever-evolving work of the in-country. As our team continues to expand, a particular focus of mine will be on volunteer recruitment and ensuring effective communication between our in-country team and UK Stakeholders
Before joining KSLP, I worked for IntraHealth International, an organization that works to empower health workers, and for the International Student Recruitment Team at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
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 developing my knowledge of project management and operational systems in a development organisation. My goal is to ensure that our in-country team 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.