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 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
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 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.
Alusine 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 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 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 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
A 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
Vincent 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 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
It 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.