A Sierra Leone Nursing Student’s Visit to Emory School of Nursing

Andrew Brima Sesay, a community health nursing graduate of the Defense School of Nursing at Wilberforce in Freetown, Sierra Leone (formerly called the Forces Nurses Training School), visited the School of Nursing to explore global health nursing opportunities in the United States.

During Sesay’s visit to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, he toured the School of Nursing and Emory University Hospital, met with key global health faculty members and students, and explored the school’s simulation lab. He was also treated to a special reception in his honor, hosted by the School of Nursing’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

Sesay’s foray into the field of health care began when he worked as a nurse aide and x-ray technician at the St. John of God Hospital in Mabasseneh, Sierra Leone, one of only five hospitals in the country. After completing his nursing degree, he worked for two years with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) as a pediatric nurse at the Magburaka Government Hospital in the Tonkolili District, located in the northern province of Sierra Leone. In 2008, at the end of his contract with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Sesay began working at the Wellbody Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to provide health care as a human right in the Kono District of Sierra Leone, a position he still holds today.
Sesay’s dedication to global health and human rights was highlighted when, in 2014, he became the key liaison for Ebola virus response in Sierra Leone’s Port Loko District, which had one of the highest per capita rates of infection during the outbreak. He also helped Partners in Health, a global organization dedicated to working with local government officials and medical and academic institutions to strengthen health systems, establish the Maforki Ebola treatment unit and the Ebola isolation and treatment center at the Port Loko Government Hospital. Sesay also served as the clinical manager of the Port Loko Government Hospital’s isolation center from 2015-2016.

School of Nursing faculty, staff, and students enjoyed hosting Sesay during his trip to the United States. You can see photos from his visit below.

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