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Our Team - Welbodi Partnership

The Welbodi Partnership team met in Sierra Leone, and have been working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Ola During Children’s Hospital since June 2007.


Our Team:


Our team on the ground is made up of both local and international experts with a broad range of skills and expertise.


Sandra is a doctor from the Netherlands who previously spent 4 ½ years in Sierra Leone setting up and managing a pediatric outpatient clinic with an organisation called Mercy Ships. She returned to Sierra Leone in 2010 to volunteer with the Welbodi Partnership initially as medical coordinator and team leader. She has a medical degree from the University Medical Center, St Radboud in Nijmegen and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Contact

Sebastian Wilson Sebastian has been with us since early 2012 and is based full time in London. Previously he helped establish Mlop Children’s Home, a specialist ECD centre working with children and families in Cambodia. He sits on the Board of Advisors for Mlop, is a Trustee of Safe Haven Children’s Trust and has a 1st class degree in Social Science from Birkbeck College. Before moving into the charity sector, Seb was a restaurant manager in London and Sommelier in New York. Contact 

Becky Glover I am from the U.K. I have spent several years working for different NGO’s in Africa. I have worked in refugee healthcare in Tanzania and in emergency relief healthcare projects in South Sudan and Somalia. I also spent a few years working for Mercy Ships in different costal African nations. I was based on a hospital ship that provides free surgical healthcare and I travelled to Benin, Togo, South Africa and Sierra Leone. It was in Sierra Leone in 2011 that I met Sandra Lako and learned of the work of Welbodi partnership. I joined Welbodi in 2015 as Project manager for Hospital Improvements. It is an exciting time to be back in Sierra Leone, and to be part of the efforts to rebuild and improve healthcare following the Ebola outbreak. Contact 

Alimamy Saduka KargboAlimamy started working with Welbodi Partnership in January 2015 and is the Office & Supplies manager. Born in Sierra Leone, he came to Freetown to study before going on to teach English Literature and Language at secondary school level. Since then he gained experience and qualifications in human resources management, customer service, team management and finance.

AlusineAlusine is a Welbodi Partnership driver. He has been driving with Welbodi since 2011, having previously worked as a mechanic for 10 years. He has lived in Freetown since childhood so is an expert at finding the best routes around the city.

Elizabeth Hollenberg - Grants and Operations AssistantElizabeth has been working with us in London since early 2015. Previously she worked in the USA on HIV policy in health care as well as on bio-behavioural health in service men and women. She has a background doing communications and global project management. She hopes to build her expertise for the role and start a part-time masters alongside her work later in the year.Contact

Yembeh Marah - Project Manager for Community and Primary HealthYembeh has been working with us in Freetown since early 2015. He brings a lot of experience in public health and health system strengthening. Most recently he worked in South Sudan with Marie Stopes International on strengthening the health systems there. Before that, he worked in Sierra Leone managing a large team within the health care field.Contact

Chris Playford - WASH EngineerChris has many years of experience, working on a wide variety of WASH Engineering projects in West Africa, the last 8 years of which, have been in Freetown Sierra Leone. He has over the years developed a good working relationship and a thorough understanding of the challenges, construction methods and practices in a West African context.Contact

Dolphine Buoga - IPC MentorA nurse by profession, Dolphine received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and is a registered nurse in Kenya. She is also working on finalizing a master’s degree in Public Health Epidemiology. She began working with us in early 2015. Previously she worked for the Ministry of Health in Kenya, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Kenya and International Rescue Committee in Sierra Leon.Contact

Vicent Nsobya - IPC MentorVincent joins us from Uganda with over eight years of experience in public health work. Prior to coming to Sierra Leone he was working in Liberia as the Chief IPC & Nursing Officer for Ebola with IOM &CTG Global Liberia. Before that he worked in South Sudan with several organizations such as Rumbek Health Science Institute, MSF and Kaabong Health Center IV to name a few. He will be joining Welbodi Partnership not just as an IPC mentor but also to work alongside the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to roll out the National Hospital IPC Program in Rokupa Government Hospital. Contact

Rianne O’Gara - IPC MentorRianne O’Gara is the Infection and Prevention Control Mentor working at Princess Christian Maternity Hospital. Originally from Ireland she trained as a nurse in Scotland and worked in post-anaesthetic care. She became a UK Cleanliness Champion in 2012 in order to foster a safety culture in health-care facilities. Rianne joined the Welbodi team in 2015 to roll out the Infection Prevention Control programme.Contact

Barb McIntosh - Operations ManagerIt was through my own experience that I became passionate about working in Africa. In 2003, I traveled with a Canadian based non-governmental organization, to Kenya and Burundi. We visited schools, hospitals, and Children’s Homes. Each visit had a profound impact on my life. I stayed in Burundi and worked as a Teacher’s aide. There I learnt about issues facing children orphaned by war and the day to day operations of a small NGO. I left Burundi with a growing passion for children at risk and the importance of being an advocate for them.

I began working with an international relief and development NGO in Canada and continued to learn about development work and global issues through my work as the Director of External Relations. I went to Sierra Leone as the Program Manger to start a child sponsorship program. Through this position, I gained experience working with local partners, school, churches and NGOs. I returned to Sierra Leone as the Canadian Representative where I supervised Canadian International Development Agency interns, organized logistics for visiting donors, staff and volunteers and continued to manage the sponsorship program. I am thrilled to return to Sierra Leone as the Operations Manager for Welbodi Partnership.


Our Directors:


The Welbodi Partnership is led by a group of five directors, all of whom are appointed for a one-year term. This group includes several of our former volunteers who have first-hand experience of our work in Freetown.


Toyin AjayiToyin Ajayi is a Family Physician who first visited Sierra Leone in July 2007 when she spent two months working at the Government Hospital in Kambia District. She served as Medical Coordinator for the Welbodi Partnership from 2008-2009. Toyin has a medical degree from King’s College London School of Medicine, an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Contact

Tom CairnesTom has been working in Sierra Leone since 2004. He is the founder of ManoCap, a private equity fund manager focused on making investments in post-conflict and other emerging economies. He has worked for Lansdowne Partners, a UK-based hedge fund manager focussing on UK equities and as a management consultant for Marakon Associates in London, New York, Amsterdam and Mexico. He has an M.Phil in Development Studies from Cambridge University, and a BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University. Contact

Matthew ClarkMatthew Clark spent an initial six weeks working at the Ola During Children’s Hospital in 2007. Since then he has worked to find ways to support paediatric medicine in Sierra Leone, working fulltime in The children’s hospital for more than six months and coordinating with the Ministry of Health in the formation of the Sierra Leone Institute for Child Health. In the UK he collaborates with international partners. Matthew studied medicine at Cambridge University and has a BSc. from the University of Birmingham. Contact

Ryann ManningRyann served as Coordinator of the Welbodi Partnership from 2007-2009. She lived in Sierra Leone from 2006-2010 and also managed projects for the World Bank and Concern Worldwide. Ryann has worked in international health and development since 2001 and has degrees in public policy from Princeton University and Harvard University. She is currently a doctoral student in Organizational Behaviour at the Harvard Business School, studying organizational change and effectiveness in public sector institutions and international agencies in developing countries. Contact

Emily SpryEmily is a UK General Practitioner and was the Welbodi Partnership Medical Coordinator in Sierra Leone in 2009-2010. She trained at St. George’s Hospital Medical School and has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Anne’s College, Oxford. She is pursuing an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Contact