The Department for International Development (DFID)
SLaM signed a contract with DFID to provide support to NHS and Sierra Leonean health workers fighting Ebola and to learn about their experiences. SLaM has also been funded to develop a group of psychological support staff who are trained, prepared and ready to provide psychological support for the next humanitarian crisis.
Kings Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP)
KSLP is a global health partnership with charitable funding under the umbrella of the King’s Health Partners which SLaM is part of. KSLP has been on the front line of the Ebola response since the outbreak first emerged in March 2014. The Ebola Service started with SLaM psychologists and psychotherapists offering weekly phone/Skype support sessions to the King’s health workers in Freetown. KSLP volunteers found that having the opportunity to discuss their intensive experiences with supportive psychologists outside their team, and from their home country very helpful.
Other Mental Health Trusts
Psychologists and psychotherapists from other NHS mental health trusts are also supporting NHS humanitarian aid workers. Training events are being organised so that we can share knowledge and ideas of how to move forward in our efforts to support health workers. We aim build a task force of volunteers capable of responding swiftly to humanitarian crises and believe the work we can do now is an opportunity to learn how to better prepare and provide psychological aid in the future.
UK-Med supports education and training for health workers in developing countries and facilitates the provision of UK NHS health care workers who volunteer their services to countries during conflict and catastrophe.
UK-Med is working with DFID, Department of Health, NHS England and International NGOs to recruit NHS volunteers through its International Emergency Medical Register (UKIEMR) to work in a number of DFID funded Ebola Treatment Centres in Sierra Leone.
Well -Travelled Clinics School of Tropical Medicine Liverpool
The Well-Travelled Clinic is assisting with the health assessment of British volunteers from the NHS for the UK-Med mission to West Africa and is one of the few centres responsible for monitoring the health of volunteers when they return to the UK.