King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, King’s College London

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The King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships is a joint centre for King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, bringing together people working and studying at the university and Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

The King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships is responsible for four health partnerships in
Sierra Leone, Zambia, DR Congo and Somaliland. KGHP completed a new 10-year strategy in March 2018
which sets out the scale of our ambition for the future. King’s Global Health Partnerships works to help
governments to improve health care and its outcomes by empowering people, strengthening organisations and enhancing systems. King’s has been working in Somaliland since 2000, Sierra Leone since 2011 and the Kongo Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. A fourth partnership in Zambia is under development. We have supported our partners with technical advice; mentoring, teaching and training; research and evaluation; accessing resources and bringing people together to accomplish the following:
• Supporting the response to the West Africa Ebola Outbreak, helping to treat more than 10% of all
Ebola patients in Sierra Leone
• Examining most doctors that have graduated since the founding of Somaliland as an autonomous
state
• Refurbishing Sierra Leone’s first oxygen factory, leading to a 20% reduction in mortality
• Pioneering online teaching through the first programme of real-time, interactive learning in a fragile
state
• Implementing the first functioning adult triage system in Sierra Leone
• Establishing Somaliland’s first Masters in Health Professions Education
• Introducing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations in Sierra Leone and Somaliland

We work by invitation and are responsive to the strategic needs of our partners. We bring the health, academic and development communities together. By engaging as peers, such as doctor-to-doctor, or nurse-to-nurse, we are consistent and trusted, and work to achieve meaningful and lasting change.
The Centre’s educational programmes includes an iBSc, several MSc pathways, and various short courses,
and is rooted in an interdisciplinary and reflective pedagogy of global health. Our research primarily
comprises three areas – health systems strengthening, global surgery and sexual health. The Centre Director co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and we are involved in an extensive research
programme with a focus on sexual health services in south London. There is a strong integration of our health partnerships with centre research and educational activities.

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