AHL Staff, Sierra Leone


Fatmata M Kamara (Makeni Hospital Librarian)

 Fatmata has been Librarian of Makeni Hospital Library since March 2013. 

The library is based at Makeni Government Hospital, Makama. 

Fatmata has trained three other AHL librarians (past and present) in the AHL system of borrowing and record-keeping. 

Alex B Marrah (Bo Hospital Librarian)

Alex has been Librarian at Bo Hospital Library since 2016. The library is based in Bo Government Hospital. 

Alongside his work as Librarian, Alex is undertaking a Higher National Diploma in Logistics and Procurement. 

Alex has recently been providing peer-support in Kenema.  


Joel E Mbayoh (Kenema Hospital Librarian)

Joel is the newest member of the AHL team. Kenema Hospital Library opened to members in July 2018. Welcome!

Komba A Momoh (AHL Library Coordinator, Sierra Leone)

Komba A Momoh is a Sierra Leonean, with a Diploma in Business Management and Administration (BMA) and a Diploma in Store-Keeping. He worked in the Ministry of Social Welfare and Gender Affairs as Accountant for three years. He also worked in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as Finance Officer in many districts of Sierra Leone for thirty years, and as Hospital Manager for fourteen years. 

Komba A Momoh retired in 2013, and in 2014 he was assigned as Library Coordinator for AHL in Sierra Leone. He is presently working in Bo, Makeni and Kenema . 


AHL Trustees


Alexander Blacklock


 Alex is a UK qualified GP who - when working in Sierra Leone with his wife (Claire) - realised the need for trusted, accessible health information in an environment where this was hard to come by and where electronic information sources are scarce. 

Working full time in the teaching of aviation medicine he keeps his hand in as a clinical GP as well. 

He finds being a Manchester United fan unlocks doors in Africa, even more so than in the UK! 

Claire Blacklock

Claire is a UK-qualified General Practitioner and was working as a Lecturer in International Public Health at the University of Leeds until December 2016. 

During 2012-2013 she worked a volunteer doctor at Makeni Government Hospital in Sierra Leone and has returned to Sierra Leone several times since, including during the Ebola response. With her husband Alex and the Hospital Management Team, Claire co-founded the first AHL Library at Makeni Government Hospital in 2013. 

She is passionate about improving access to relevant and up-to-date health information for clinicians and hospital managers in sub-Saharan Africa, and the libraries as a hub for locally-driven quality improvement activities which positively impact on patient care.  


Edward Carberry

Eddie has worked as a healthcare assistant for four years in Glasgow. 

He was invited to help African Hospital Libraries in June 2015. He travelled, with Claire, to Sierra Leone where they visited and evaluated the hospital libraries in Makeni and Bo after the Ebola epidemic. 

Eddie then returned to Sierra Leone to oversee the successful construction and development of healthcare facilities for another charity.

Eddie is now a medical student at the University of Glasgow. He is particularly interested in medical education and global health inequalities. 

Tracey Lumsden

Following 16 years in financial services, 7 of which were in a variety of compliance, operational rigour and risk roles, Tracey changed focus to the third sector to lead education development projects for The Phoenix Projects in Guatemala and Ecuador for four years including designing and implementing sustainable income generating livelihoods initiatives. 

In her next role with VSO she led International Citizen Service volunteer programmes in Kenya and Sierra Leone, focussing on youth advocacy and empowerment. 

On returning to the UK, Tracey joined Cancer Research UK as a Compliance Manager specialising in fundraising and maintains active links with the projects she worked on in Latin America and also with Sierra Leone in her Trustee role with African Hospital Libraries.  


Stevie Russell

Stevie is a chartered librarian with over 20 year’s experience in the UK academic sector, 12 of which were spent managing a specialist medical library at University College London. 

She became interested in international development after doing some voluntary health information work in Sierra Leone in 2010, an experience which led her to leave academic librarianship in order to spend 5 years managing the book donations programme at Book Aid International. This brought her into close contact with librarians and national library services in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and entailed monitoring trips to Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone. 

Having now returned to the academic field as a librarian at Roehampton University in London, Stevie is delighted to be able to support the vital health information work of African Hospital Libraries in her role as Trustee.