[01-02-2019] Njala University, Sierra Leone and the London School of Hygiene ends a successful workshop on “Preliminary Dissemination and Discussion of Research Data” in the School of Community Health Sciences, Kowama, Bo Campus, Bo City. The workshop was chaired by the Pro-Chancellor, Professor B Kandeh and the Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Abdullah Mansaray of Njala University.
The workshop is part of a three-year research partnership project between Njala University and the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) entitled “Building resilient health systems: lessons from international, national and local emergency responses to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone”.
This research study has explored a range of factors including: the extent to which responses were informed by local concerns and perceptions of emergency-response systems; whether external interventions sought to work within or with local systems (and whether this resulted in the building of parallel response structures); whether external interventions ultimately weakened and made the health system less resilient by, for example, taking locally qualified staff away from public sector systems or by diverting resources from other ongoing health requirements (including routine maternal and child health and common preventable diseases).
This workshop brings together various stakeholders and researchers from Sierra Leone, and the United Kingdom with the aim of understanding and improving local engagement with major infectious disease outbreaks.