Fatmata has been Library Administrator of Makeni Hospital Library since March 2013.
The library is based at Makeni Government Hospital, Makama.
Fatmata has trained three other AHL library administrators (past and present) in the AHL system of borrowing and record-keeping
Alex has been Library Administrator at Bo Hospital Library since 2016. The library is based in Bo Government Hospital.
Alongside his work as Library Administrator, Alex is undertaking a Higher National Diploma in Logistics and Procurement.
Alex has recently been providing peer-support in Kenema.
Joel joined the AHL team in 2018.
Joel is the first AHL Library Administrator at Kenema Government Hospital. Kenema Hospital Library opened to members in July 2018.
Joel has some previous training in community health and is planning to start computer training very soon.
Mariatu joined the AHL team at the start of November 2020.
Welcome to the team Mariatu!
Sheik Umar Sesay has been a Library Manager for over seven years, with experience of working across different library settings. He is an online library databases tutor and has trained students in online searching techniques for the past five years. He is a trained and qualified Computer Hardware Engineering and Computer Network Administrator (2012) and has a BA Hons in Library Archives and Information Studies (2012) and a Diploma in Library Archives and Information Studies (2009), both from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He is a member of the Sierra Leone Association of Archivists and Information Professionals. He hopes to bring an automated library system to African Hospital Libraries, developing a digital library system that eases access to information.
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, Kenema and Freetown.
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 worked a volunteer doctor at Makeni Government Hospital in Sierra Leone between 2012 and 2013 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.
Claire is passionate about improving access to relevant and up-to-date health information for clinicians and hospital managers in sub-Saharan Africa. She hopes the libraries will be a hub for locally-driven and locally-relevant quality improvement activities which positively impact on patient care.
Claire is currently studying part-time for a DPhil and looks after her young daughter. She previously worked as General Practitioner and a Lecturer in International Public Health
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.
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 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.