Coronavirus (828) Webinar: Covid-19 in Africa: Partnership in a time of crisis, 23rd July, 4-5pm BST

16 July, 2020

(forwarded from Action for Global Health)

King’s Global Health Partnerships has been working alongside African partners on the frontlines of the Covid-19 response, in hospitals in DR Congo, Sierra Leone and Somaliland.

Please join our webinar on Thursday 23rd July at 4pm BST to hear from our incredible staff and partners directly involved in the response. They will share their perspectives on the unique challenges facing the African context, how they are managing with limited resources and their learning so far. They will also reflect on the benefits of global health partnerships between the NHS and Africa, and what the UK can learn from Africa about how to manage infectious disease outbreaks.

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Ms. Emma Bailey is King’s Clinical Lead in Sierra Leone. Based at Connaught Hospital, the main tertiary referral hospital in Freetown, she has been working alongside Sierra Leonean health workers as they manage an influx of critically unwell Covid-19 patients. Emma is a trained NHS nurse, who has been living in Sierra Leone for the past few years.

Dr Manal Ahmed Gas is the national coordinator for eight Covid-19 treatment centres in Somaliland and is managing the Daryeel Hospital treatment centre in Hargeisa, the country’s capital. Dr Manal trained and worked in Ethiopia, before moving to Somaliland where she was Head of the Intensive Care Unit at Hargeisa International Hospital.

Dr. Oliver Johnson led the King’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2014/15, for which he was awarded an OBE. He is the co-author of Getting to Zero which recounts his experience at that time and lessons for future outbreaks. He is an advisor to King’s Global Health Partnerships on their Covid-19 response work. He is also an honorary researcher at the School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has been actively engaged with the Covid-19 response in South Africa.

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Senior Vice President/Provost (Health) and Executive Director of King's Health Partners.


Forwarded by Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA coordinator