Train Physios for Sierra Leone

In 2002, Sierra Leone emerged from a brutal, decade-long civil war. Its infrastructure, including hospitals and medical training, was decimated. Both the country and its people were left broken.

Today, Sierra Leone is at peace but still reeling from the effects of conflict. Healthcare in the nation is almost non-existent: there is one doctor to 10,000 people; no reconstructive surgeons, one orthopaedic surgeon; and, crucially, no graduate medical training.

Sierra Leone and its people need our help to recover; to train the surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists that will help change the face of healthcare in the country and rebuild bodies and lives broken by war.

Towards a brighter future

At the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, we are developing Sierra Leone’s first reconstructive surgery unit. The infrastructure has been built thanks to the work of Italian charity Fondazione Don Gnocchi and Resurge Africa is now training the staff that will run the unit independently, creating a self-sustaining facility that will eventually provide support and training to other medics in Sierra Leone.

Today in Sierra Leone there are only 12 trained physiotherapists, and no training course to address this deficit. Holy Spirit Hospital is extremely fortunate to have a physiotherapist on its staff. Thanks to our generous supporters, we’ve been able to train staff at the Holy Spirit for the specific physio requirements of post-reconstructive surgery. This included year-long, one-to-one training from a resident UK physio trainer, as well as work placement for staff to the physiotherapy unit at Korle Bu in Ghana.


We are proud of the commitment and achievements of our physios in Ghana, and, with your help, we want to replicate this approach in Sierra Leone. Our work in Ghana has saw the creation of a thriving reconstructive surgery unit – the country’s first – run by a team of international-standard surgeons, physios and medical staff who deliver training and support to other hospitals in the region.

We’ve proven that we can change the face of reconstructive surgery in West Africa – but we can’t do it without your help.

The next three years

Working with the staff at the Holy Spirit Hospital, we have a three-year plan to secure the future of the department by training another therapist. A year-long intensive placement in a busy orthopaedic physio unit in India is planned, to equip a nursing graduate with specific skills in post-surgical care and splint making.

With your support, the next three years will see them learn everything they need to help run Sierra Leone’s first reconstructive surgery unit – and train the physiotherapists who will follow them in the future.

But we can’t do it without your help. This programme will cost £7,000 per year, per student for three years.

How can you help us?

Whether it’s a monthly contribution, a one-off donation or regular fundraising, every penny you give to ReSurge Africa helps fund the training of the committed team in Sierra Leone and the creation of a reconstructive surgery unit where it’s needed most.

Physiotherapist training challenge

We’ve set up a challenge page specifically for physios on our Virgin Money Giving site. With your expertise, there are a huge number of ways you can help deliver lasting surgical change in Sierra Leone – from undertaking a sponsored challenge, donating with your unit, or even helping support the fledging team in Sierra Leone by volunteering.

If you have any questions about our work or think you can help in any way, get in touch with us at

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