Connaught Hospital is Sierra Leone’s principal adult referral hospital. The hospital provides medical and surgical services; treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB and Leprosy; ophthalmology, physiotherapy, oral health and an outpatient department for emergency care. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s (MOHS) Health Sector Recovery Plan for 2015-2020 places significant focus on improving Connaught Hospital with the aim of making it a key component in a new national teaching hospital complex. To accomplish this, Connaught would have to attain the standard required for accreditation for postgraduate training, and to firmly establish the hospital as a hub of quality care, setting standards nationally.
Through long-term partnership, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) and Connaught Hospital are working together to achieve this goal.
We deploy highly technical and specialist-trained KSLP volunteers embedded across a broad range of areas – from nursing education to infectious disease and microbiology – to work alongside Connaught Hospital colleagues. This model means that KSLP gains valuable insights into challenges on the ground, and is able to develop and adapt solutions appropriate to the local context. Through the combination of mentoring during clinical service delivery, and providing formal education and training, KSLP is able to build the capacity of individual health care workers. Our volunteers are supported locally by the Core Management Team, and from afar by senior technical advisors from King’s Health Partners, who provide specialist guidance through online discussion and short visits.