On the 3rd of October we welcomed seven new STP-students to our programme. They will begin their basic surgery training at Masanga, before being placed at one of our partner hospitals around the country. This year they are all community health officers and graduates of Njala University. Get to know three of them better below;
Christopher Sandi (age 30)was born in Bo district and completed his CHO-degree at Bo campus in 2014. During the Ebola-outbreak he worked for six months with Save The Children at the Ebola treatment-centre in Kerry Town, and two months at their survivor clinic in the same facility. After this Christopher worked with Doctors without borders(MSF) at the maternity unit in Magburaka. Here he worked alongside one of our first STP-graduates, Amara Conteh, who inspired him to apply for the programme. Christopher is engaged to be married next month and we wish the happy couple all the best.
Senesi Melvin Rogers (age 44) and his family spent more than ten years in exile in the Samukai refugee camp outside of Monrovia in Liberia as a result of the civil war. After returning to his beloved homeland in 2002, Senesi completed his CHO-training at Njala University in 2006. He also holds a degree in Sustainable Community Development Studies from the College of Theology and Management in Freetown. Senesi is married with four children and resides in Kabala.
Antony Kamara (age 25) is a former radio station journalist, turned health worker. Both his parents are teachers and he is the second of five siblings. Antony has served as clinician in charge of the maternity ward at Mabente Hospital and worked at the MSF Ebola treatment-centre in Magburaka. He was also a district IPC-team leader(Infection Prevention Control) with GOAL in Port Loko during the outbreak, focusing on mentoring and strengthening the Peripheral Health Units on IPC-issues.