Happy Patients of the Diabetes Clinic


Happy people helped by Makeni Trust Fund
Happy people helped by Makeni Trust Fund

We support the work of Dr Veronica Sawicki who has set up a clinic at Holy Spirit Hospital for people with diabetes. Makeni Trust Fund helps by funding the purchase of blood glucose strips. Veronica recently sent us this message:

“I just wanted to post a couple of photos of some of our patients who are alive in part, as a result of your amazing support. Big smiles all round !”

Sheffield University ties with University of Makeni strengthened

Sheffield University links with the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) are being strengthened in three ways:

1. Sheffield University has launched a 2-3 year programme of work that seeks to identify and mobilise UNIMAK alumni to support the future development of the University. The key elements of the Alumni Outreach Project are:

> To understand how alumni engagement supports the development of a ... continue reading ...

Strengthening science education at the University of Makeni


microscopesThe Makeni Trust Fund has been pleased to support Cambridge University Virology Professor Ian Goodfellow in a small way as he has established the new Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK). Ian visits Makeni regularly and passes on his enthusiasm for science to students in Sierra Leone.

In order from the top, the pictures show:

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QBP Speech of Peter West, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone

Peter West, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (photo: gov.uk)
Peter West, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (photo: gov.uk)

Delivered 21st April 2016 ….
Acting Foreign Minister, Members of Cabinet, Ministers, Special Advisers, Parliamentarians, Fellow Colleagues of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

A very warm welcome from all the British Government Team in Sierra Leone to our national day, a day of celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday. Thank ... continue reading ...

Possibly the best law library

In 2014, two UK solicitors’ firms, Ashfords and Freeth Cartwright, donated a large volume of law reports and text books to the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network. These were shipped to the University of Makeni for free by Dawnus, an international construction company from Wales which was working in Sierra Leone.

A letter from the Vice Chancellor of UNIMAK said that the books would “help to put ... continue reading ...

Sheffield Masters students to carry out research at the University of Makeni

Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho
Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho

Two postgraduate Masters students from Sheffield University are preparing to travel to Sierra Leone in a few weeks to carry out research projects at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK). Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho are both studying Public Health and International Development in Sheffield University’s Geography Department.

Alice and Yoon chose to apply for a placement at the University ... continue reading ...

New Diabetes Clinic in Makeni

The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that Diabetes in Sierra Leone – estimated at 65,000 sufferers in 2000 – will have almost trebled by 2030. Suffering from such diseases is much more of a problem in Africa because people don’t know about the disease, diagnosis is more difficult, and even when diagnosed, patients often can’t afford the medication.

Clinic2With the help of a British ... continue reading ...

Ebola Legacy Lab will improve Sierra Leone’s Resilience to Future Epidemics

lab1The University of Makeni’s new Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory officially opens today. UNIMAK Scientists Raoul Emeric and Umaru Jah have already provided essential genetic sequencing support to allow the characterisation of the recently identified Ebola case in north Sierra Leone. The team of local scientists employed by UNIMAK, have been able to obtain the Ebola virus sequence ... continue reading ...