Friends of King’s Global Health Partnerships

King’s Global Health Partnerships (KGHP) work to improve healthcare and its outcomes by empowering people, strengthening organisations and enhancing systems in Sierra Leone, Somaliland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia. We achieve this by contributing technical advice, mentoring and training, research, access to resources and facilitating collaboration, with a focus on improving training, clinical services, policy and research.

KGHP are looking for students with a passion for global health and an interest in learning more about how the partnerships work. You can be involved in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Fundraising, from small fundraisers to organised challenge events
  • Arranging lectures/seminars/exhibitions, involving former volunteers and technical advisors
  • Supporting Sierra Leonean students when they come to London on their medical electives
  • Setting up ‘pen pal’ networks or joint social media feeds with students at universities in partner countries
  • Networking and careers discussions with partnerships staff and volunteers (working in the field, grants management, project management, etc)
  • Organising events in line with key anniversaries e.g. since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free

To find out more and join the discussion, join the Facebook group or contact


Electives in London

KSLP offers the opportunity for medical students from College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) to undertake their electives through King’s College London.

This opportunity is available for fifth year medical students and currently the electives are undertaken during August / September (which is the designated elective period in the COMAHS timetable) for 3 or 4 weeks. Where possible, we try to give students clinical experience in an area of their choice.

The contact person for COMAHS student electives is Suzanne Thomas (Education Lead)

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Electives in Freetown 

Please note, due to COVID-19, King’s Global Health Partnerships have implemented an indefinite non-essential travel ban. Whilst we hope that the elective programme will be able to take place in early 2021,  it is currently on hold until further notice. Applications will be accepted, documented, and taken into account as and when this opportunity is open once again. Thank you for your understanding.

The team in Freetown welcome elective students from King’s College London specific times throughout the year. The students gain vital experience while working on our health systems strengthening projects.

  • January – March 2021: Reserved for KCL Medical Students
    • Deadline: 24th April 2020
  • April – July 2021: Reserved for KCL Global Health MSc Students
    • Deadline: (Applications not yet open)

Please submit your application (a cover letter and CV) to and start the subject line:

“KSLP Elective Application [Your Name] [Type of Application]”