The Department for International Development (DfID) is working with British military and humanitarian experts to set up an EVD treatment centre in Kerrytown, Sierra Leone. The 62 bed facility will be purpose built with military engineer input and military clinical staff. The UK Government is also currently working with Save the Children to design a long term plan to manage and operate the facility after it has been fully set up. The treatment centre will comprise of a 12 bed unit for healthcare workers, including any local or international medical volunteers and a 50 bed unit for treating additional patients with the disease. This centre will be staffed by international health workers and staff from Sierra Leone, and will provide treatment to both adult and paediatric victims of the disease.
The UK has been at the forefront of responding to the epidemic. It is acknowledged that the key to combatting this epidemic is supporting in-country front line health workers and underpinning a fractured health system in Sierra Leone. The UK’s aim is to provide the very best life-saving health service under the most challenging conditions.UK-Med is coordinating volunteers from the NHS willing to support the EVD response in West Africa though its International Emergency Medial Register.
UK-Med was established in 1995 to facilitate the provision of health workers from across the UK to support the hospitals in Sarajevo during the Balkans war. Subsequently it has despatched teams to a range of countries and crises including Cape Verde, Kosovo, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, China Indonesia, Haiti, the Philippines and Jordan.
UK-Med supports education and training for health workers in developing countries and continues to facilitate the provision of UK health care workers who volunteer their services to countries during conflict and catastrophe.