Project: Building research capacity in clinical management of infectious diseases at two main adult government hospitals in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Acronym ID-CLINICAL CAPACITY (Reference Number: EDCTP-CSA-Ebola-360)
Duration 01/02/2016 - 31/01/2018
Project Topic The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in West Africa is one of the most significant humanitarian crises of our time. We now know that a strong and resilient health system is critical for rapid response, as well as proper management of both the outbreak and the remaining health needs of the population, which do not cease in the presence of an epidemic. Capacity to undertake research activity, both within key government institutions as well as by individual health care workers (HCWs), is an integral part of a resilient health system. Within Freetown, both Connaught and 34 Military Hospitals are large tertiary facilities that have proven capacity for clinical management of EVD, and have also served as important sites for some EVD research activity. Research capacity will be strengthened at these institutions through the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP). This partnership was formed in 2011 by King’s Heath Partners in London and key Sierra Leone partners, including the College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Connaught Government Hospital and the Ministry of Health & Sanitation, with the aim of strengthening Sierra Leone’s health system by improving training, clinical services, policy and research.We propose to design systems within the Sierra Leone healthcare setting that will create a resilient framework for clinical research activity, through three work strands: -Human resources: effective training systems for clinical researchers, to develop the local skill base; -Research infrastructure: clinical records and protocols designed for use in infectious disease wards; -Enabling environment: Pre-designed frameworks to facilitate ethical approvals, drug imports, and sample exports. This proposal is built on the work of KSLP in responding to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Our track record within the Ebola crisis is extensive. To date, KSLP: -managed over 1100 suspected, and over 650 confirmed cases of Ebola in Connaught, with 14% of all Ebola cases in Sierra Leone seen in KSLP-supported units; -set up an isolation unit at Connaught Hospital and mobilised a team of 50 national medics to staff it, including training them to a high standard.
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Network EDCTP2
Call Coordination and Support Action: Research and capacity development in support of the EVD response

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 King's College London Coordinator United Kingdom
2 King's Sierra Leone Partnership Partner Sierra Leone