King's Ebola response in Freetown
Since 2012, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) has been supporting Connaught Hospital in Freetown, working to establish a health system by strengthening training, clinical services, policy and research.
When the first Ebola case was identified on 25 May 2014, KSLP had to drop everything to focus on fighting the outbreak.
King’s was at the heart of the international response, with alumnus Dr Oliver Johnson leading the team through one of the deadliest epidemics faced to date.
Thanks to the support of our alumni and generous donors, we raised over £580,000 to cover supplies used during the outbreak such as personal protection suits, gloves and chlorine, as well as vital costs such as flights and accommodation for staff working there.
Your money has been the difference between life and death for many people in Sierra Leone. Your donations have helped to:
- manage more than 1100 suspected and 650 confirmed cases
- create a team of 50 national staff at Connaught Hospital
- set up the Ebola Command Centre (as seen in Stacey Mearn’s video diary) which coordinated the response to the disease in Sierra Leone.
The generosity of our alumni and supporters has helped stop the spread of Ebola and save lives– thank you so much.
Image: The KSLP team in Sierra Leona
Our work in Sierra Leone continues
On the 7th November 2015, Sierra Leone was officially declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organisation (WHO). While the outbreak may be over, it has been a traumatic experience for the country, and a health system which was already weak now needs significantly more support to prevent such a devastating outbreak happening again.
King’s will continue to work to support its partners – the Government of Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Connaught Government Hospital and the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences – as well as the people of Sierra Leone, to develop help health service which is autonomous, resilient and meets patients' needs.
Please help us continue to improve healthcare in Sierra Leone. Make a single donation or set up a regular donation online today, or call 0207 848 3053 to make donation over the phone.