King's Somaliland Partnership

King’s Somaliland Partnership (KSP) is one of the UK’s largest and longest-running global health partnerships. The partnership connects UK and Somaliland experts and institutions to improve healthcare in Somaliland.

Somaliland is a self-declared but internationally unrecognised state in the Horn of Africa.Somaliland

Somaliland faces many challenges including poor health indicators, a shortage of well-trained health workers, weak regulation, international isolation, but it is making progress against the odds. Emerging from a conflict that only ended in the 1990s, this young democracy has held successive free and fair elections and remains peaceful in a tumultuous region.

King’s Health Partners works with education institutions, healthcare providers and government bodies in Somaliland to build capacity in the country’s healthcare system and deliver training and support to educators and clinicians.

KSP is run from the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, alongside partnerships with Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their mission is to help governments improve healthcare and its outcomes by empowering people, strengthening organisations and enhancing systems. As part of the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, the Centre brings the health, academic and development communities together, drawing on the strengths of each.

Future Priorities

Following extensive planning and consultation, KSP has selected four future priorities to sit alongside their existing higher education work:

  • Clinical engagement: Delivering hospital management, quality improvement and clinical programmes, combined with national level policy and regulation work
  • Clinical specialty training: Supporting the development of much-needed postgraduate clinical training for Somaliland nurses and doctor
  • Research and research capacity building: Delivering capacity building programmes and linking Somaliland partners with UK academics to carry out primary research in partner priority areas
  • Facilitating Somaliland partners to secure and manage their own resources: Supporting Somaliland partners to secure and manage resources to pursue priorities independently of KSP.

Projects

KSP's flagship Prepared for Practice (PfP) project is the first to begin implementing under the Department for International Development's Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform programme. PfP is addressing Somaliland's health workforce crisis by transforming Somaliland higher education. Read more here.

Our Impact

King's Somaliland Partnership has:

  • examined every doctor and the majority of nurses to have graduated since Somaliland's founding
  • pioneered online teaching, becoming the first organisation to deliver a real-time, interactive programe in a fragile state
  • co-published 35% of Somaliland's health research output, as of 2016.

Current volunteer opportunities

King’s Somaliland Partnership are recruiting interprofessional volunteers with experience in health education to deliver established and accredited online courses to Somaliland undergraduate medical and nursing students this year via online education platform, MedicineAfrica. If you are interested please read below for further information and how to apply.

The Prepared for Practice Project

These online courses are a key part of the Prepared for Practice (PfP) project. PfP is funded through the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme. SPHEIR is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) initiative, set up to catalyse innovative partnerships in low-income countries to improve the performance, governance and influence of higher education systems and institutions.

Prepared for Practice works to address Somaliland’s health workforce crisis by reforming health education, putting practice-orientated learning, teaching and assessment at its centre. A key part of this project is supporting the delivery of undergraduate education to medical, nursing and midwifery students in Somaliland through online teaching.

For some topics, the expertise does not yet exist in Somaliland, whereas for others our aim is to build on what is already being taught, providing more space for case-based discussion. The three universities that receive these courses are; Amoud University, University of Hargeisa and Edna Adan University Hospital, all long-standing partners of King's Somaliland Partnership.

The opportunity

We are looking for volunteers with experience in education to deliver online tutorials to Somaliland undergraduate medical and nursing students. The courses have been co-designed by Lead Volunteers and Somaliland University Faculty. Each course consists of 5 tutorials, and are delivered multiple times over the year. These courses will run from October – March on the dates/times specified above. Commitment can range from delivering one tutorial per delivery rotation, to delivering a full 5 tutorial course if you prefer. More details on exact commitment will be shared later, and can depend greatly on individual availability.

Next Steps…

If this is something you would be interested in taking part in, please contact katerina_anies.peithi@kcl.ac.uk. We run a rolling application process for our online courses, but please apply soon if you are interested.

Nursing Shift Supervisor

The opportunity

The King’s Somaliland Partnership is seeking two volunteers to support the implementation of a new nursing shift supervision system at Hargeisa Group Hospital in Somaliland. This is a fantastic opportunity to support the leadership of HGH to strengthen management and operational systems through nursing leadership and management.

 Who do we want?  

We are seeking two volunteers with at least 3 years nursing management expertise with experience in designing and delivering training to health workers, developing and implementing tools, systems and documentation on hospital wards. Experience of working in a low resource setting is desirable. 

When?

The activity is scheduled to take place in April – June 2020. We are happy to work with volunteer(s) to schedule dates around their availability. All travel and other associated costs are covered by the Partnership. Expected commitment includes a period of planning and preparation in the UK (estimated at 2-3 days), a two- three week visit to Somaliland, followed by a briefing meeting once back in the UK.

Please see the Terms of Reference for more information on the position and the Partnership. Please apply by sending your C.V. and a completed volunteer application form to katerina_anies.peithi AT kcl.ac.uk, including your availability for the trip, no later than 5pm Sunday 22nd March and before this time if possible, as positions may be filled before the deadline.

Somaliland’s medical OSCEs

The opportunity

The King’s Somaliland Partnership are recruiting 3 volunteers to oversee and support the delivery of the end of year objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) in Somaliland. This is a fantastic opportunity to support Somaliland medical students and their institutions, and to contribute to a key and long-running area of our work.

When?

Travel to Somaliland would be from 27th June to 10th July 2020, with all travel and associated costs covered by the Partnership. Expected commitment includes a period of planning and preparation in the UK (estimated at 2-3 days), the two week visit to Somaliland, followed by a briefing meeting once back in the UK.

Who do we want?

We are looking for senior volunteers in the following specialties who have experience in undergraduate examining, to join OSCE lead Prof John Rees:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics

Please see the Terms of Reference for more information on the position and our Prepared-for-Practice project. Please apply by sending your C.V. and a completed volunteer form to katerina_anies.peithi AT kcl.ac.uk no later than 5pm Monday 30th March, and before this time if possible, as positions may be filled before the deadline.

The STEP Project

King’s Somaliland Partnership are recruiting a volunteer clinician with experience in surgical care to support the implementation of the WHO’s Safe Surgery Checklist in Somaliland. If you are interested, please read below for further information and how to apply. 

Our STEP project aims to improve the quality of care for trauma and surgical patients at Hargeisa Group Hospital through the introduction of triage in the emergency department, the use of early warning scores (EWS) on surgical wards, implementation of the WHO’s safe surgical checklist and primary trauma care training. This volunteering opportunity focuses on improving safe surgical care.

The opportunity

The successful volunteer will work the hospital to implement the WHO safe surgical checklist. This will involve reviewing the checklist with the local team; designing and delivering a package of staff training; and working with surgical teams and hospital management to development an implementation plan. Expected commitment includes a period of planning and preparation in the UK, a two week visit to Somaliland, followed by some distance mentoring. Volunteers will receive a detailed induction to the project and the Partnership. All travel and other associated costs are covered. Please find further information in the attached terms of reference.

Who do we want?

We are seeking a volunteer with experience in surgical care, and who ideally has experience of working in a low resource setting.

When?

The trip to Somaliland is scheduled to take place for a two-week period between April-June 2020.

Next Steps…

If you are interested in applying, please send your C.V. and a completed volunteer form to katerina_anies.peithi@kcl.ac.uk. Please use ‘Volunteer Application for STEP Project as the subject of your email.   

The deadline for applications is Sunday 22nd March.