Making a difference to global health outcomes

Global Health Partnerships

Nearly half of the world’s population lack access to essential health services, which causes unnecessary suffering and prevents people from living healthy and productive lives. With the help of donors and supporters, King’s Global Health Partnerships are working with partners in Somaliland, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo to deliver projects that improve health outcomes.

Run out of the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, each partnership brings together experts from the university and the King’s Health Partners hospitals. We have just launched a new 10-year strategy, drawing on the experience of nearly two decades of partnership work, to set out King’s Global Health Partnerships' vision for the future.


‘Breaking the Taboo: Sexual Health in Somaliland’

The first partnership was established in Somaliland in 2000. At the invitation of the Somali diaspora, a small group of expert volunteers began working with Somaliland’s only health training institution at the time. Since then it has grown to an organisation with an active base of over 150 expert volunteers across 11 speciality areas, working with 13 key Somaliland institutions and Somaliland health workers and students annually.

Sierra Leone

‘Accident and Emergency Department: Connaught Hospital’

The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership made headlines for the critical frontline role it took in Freetown during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The partnership is now working help pioneer health policy and models of care, deliver vital clinical services, provide health education and training through distance-learning, support volunteer trips and a dedicated in-country team and deliver health service strengthening through ground-breaking research.

Democratic Republic of Congo

'King’s Kongo Central Partnership – Trauma'

Following an invitation from the UK Congolese diaspora, this partnership was founded in 2013 with a focus on addressing the high burden of trauma due to road traffic collisions on the main route running through Kongo Central Province.
The partnership is helping develop better trauma systems as well training health care workers and medical students. Working with the Ministry of Health and Education they are seeking to use research to inform policy development and the provision of quality clinical care.

The King’s Global Health Partnerships 10-year strategy aligns with the wider King's Strategic Vision 2029, which emphasises service and the international community as strategic priorities. The King’s Global Health Partnerships will be a flag-ship initiative in those areas, helping King's make the world a better place.

The partnerships are also highly beneficial for the volunteers and the institutions they work for. They can support staff development in areas such as staff motivation, developing leaders, working in teams, quality improvement and building individual resilience. They also create opportunities for engaging with diaspora staff and patient communities and promoting cross-cultural working.

Over the next ten years the team are seeking to grow and strengthen the impact of the partnerships and the mutual benefit they can unlock. Donations and fundraising events led to significant income during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, enabling the partnership there to take a leading role in the response. Your contributions help the partnerships continue to grow, harnessing the brilliant volunteer energy of staff, students and alumni.

Read the new 10-year strategy in full.