On the 3rd of October we welcomed new STP-students into our program. They will begin their basic surgery training in 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.
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 with Save The Children at the Ebola-management center in Kerry Town, and at their survivor clinic in the same facility. Christopher´s last posting was with Doctors without borders(MSF) at the maternity unit in Magburaka Hospital. Working alongside one of our first surgical STP-graduates, Amara Conteh, he was inspired to apply for the program. 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 Samukai refugee camp outside of Monrovia in Liberia during 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.
Anthony 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. Anthony 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, focusing on mentoring and strengthening the Peripheral Health Units on IPC-issues.