The Team

Joanne Ferry

Country Director

Joanne joined Welbodi Partnership as Country Director in September 2017. Jo is a Public Health Specialist with expertise in Health System Strengthening and Maternal and Child Health. She has been working in Sierra Leone since 2010, when she spent two years in Kailahun District as MCH Programme Manager with Save the Children. Since then, she has undertaken projects on Obstetric Fistula and Free Health Care, as well as joining International Medical Corps as Health Director during the Ebola outbreak. More recently, Jo has worked as West Africa Regional Technical Advisor for Health Systems Strengthening with Catholic Relief Services and Team Leader for monitoring of DFID’s Resilient Zero District Health Systems programme.

Prior to moving into the international development sector, Joanne was the Head of Policy & Performance for Teenage Pregnancy at the Government Office South West England. Joanne has undertaken a number of specialist training courses in relation to tropical medicine, public health and NGO management. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from King’s College, University of London, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania in the USA.

Joanne has also worked in Cambodia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, and Tanzania. As well as working in the the United Kingdom and USA.

Vanesa Nasrre

Operations Manager

Vanesa joined Welbodi Partnership in October 2016 as Operations Manager. She leads on Operations issues for the organisation, including finance, logistics, HR and admin. Her expertise and leadership has seen many improvements in the organisations systems and processes, allowing Welbodi Partnership to be more effective and transparent.

Vanesa has more than ten years experience working in the development sector. She has worked for a number of different international NGOs in various sectors, but mainly in health. She has lived in Africa for the past 8 years, mostly in Sierra Leone, giving her a deep knowledge of the country and the context in which Welbodi Partnership works.

Heather Dyson

Medical Training Lead (Paediatrics)

Heather is a specialist Paediatric Doctor who joined the Welbodi Partnership team in 2015. She previously worked as a paediatrician in rural Zambia and has an interest in global health, medical training and malnutrition. Prior to moving into international health, Heather conducted her Paediatric specialist training within Severn Deanary in the UK. She gained her post-graduate medical degree from Warwick University following a time working in mental health after her first degree. Heather completed her tropical medicine training in Tanzania and Uganda with rural placements in Zanzibar and Rwanda.

Within Sierra Leone Heather has been working on the development of medical training at Ola During Children’s Hospital including the pursuit of in-country post-graduate training for doctors. She continues to work clinically supporting the hospital and is the lead doctor for the inpatient malnutrition unit. She has completed her Generic Instructors Course and become an instructor for the Emergency treatment and triage Plus course (ETAT+) which has recently been established nationwide in Sierra Leone.

Heather has a Diploma in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a member of the UK Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health. She has an MBChB in Medicine & Surgery from Warwick University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bangor University.

Kate Hong

Paediatric Nurse

Kate has been working as a Paediatric Nurse with Welbodi Partnership since 2016. She works in Ola During Children's Hospital to produce and deliver nurse training and provide clinical supervision. She has also worked with the Comprehensive Programme for Ebola Survivors, supporting care for children who survived the Ebola epidemic.

Previously Kate was a junior sister in Birmingham, UK where she specialised in paediatric oncology. In Sierra Leone she has been working with local staff and the South Wales Sierra Leone Cancer Care Link (SWSLCCL) to develop a service to diagnose and treat children with cancer in Sierra Leone.

Kate has previously volunteered as a paediatric nurse in Blantyre, Malawi. She qualified at Birmingham City University eight years ago. Kate completed a Diploma in Tropical Nursing at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and has a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology with Mathematics from Birmingham University in the UK.

Khadijatu Bakarr

Community Health Programme Manager

Khadijatu Bakarr is Welbodi Partnership’s Community Health Programme Manager. She specialises in community development, social marketing and behaviour change communication. Khadija also has experience in public health and health system strengthening.

Khadija previously worked with CARE International where she worked with Government line ministries, development partners and private business enterprises in HIV/AIDS prevention activities nationwide. She was also previously Head of Concern Worldwide’s Child Survival Programme where she managed various projects.

Khadija has undertaken professional training in Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management and holds a certificate in Post graduate studies in Public Health from Njala University of Sierra Leone and a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Sciences in Applied Economics and Marketing from the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology, Sierra Leone.

Sia Kassoh

Women's Group Coordinator

Sia joined Welbodi Partnership as Women’s Group Coordinator in 2016. She has spent several years as a social and community health worker focusing on teenagers and pregnant and lactating mothers.

Previously, Sia worked with GOAL Sierra Leone she worked as a social worker in their sexual reproductive health unit in the Teenage Pregnancy project.  She also worked for Concern Worldwide as a Project Officer with urban WASH project. 

Sia is a graduate from Njala University with a BSc in Home Economics. She has completed a number of trainings, including, Community Health Worker trainer and Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) trainer.

Miriam Fornah

Women's Group Coordinator

Miriam joined Welbodi Partnership as Women’s Group Coordinator in 2016.  She has 7 years work experience in community health and development, project management, administration and social research.  

Miriam has worked with people with disabilities, civil society organisations, local councils, private research firms, national and international NGOs. She worked at Handicap International as Project Support Officer providing support to multiple project implementation and liaison between project beneficiaries and partners.  Miriam has also served as team leader and supervisor in 10 districts and led and analysed several Focus Group Discussions at various research institutions such as Innovation for Poverty Action and FOCUS 1000. She also worked at GOAL in promoting child welfare and nutrition in 27 city section in the western area.

Miriam has a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences and Law and a post graduate certificate in Project Management.  

Mabinti Kamara

Women’s Group Coordinator

Mabinty joined Welbodi Partnership as Women’s Group Coordinator in 2017. She specialises in community development work and has many years experience in livelihood and health projects.

Mabinty was Health, Gender and Nutrition Advisor to GIZ Food Security Project for three years in partnership with Local Council and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. She was Head of the GIZ Employment Promotion Programme in Koinadugu district.

Mabinty has undertaken training in Monitoring and evaluation of projects, project management and child health/ human rights intervention. She is a holder of Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences in Food and Nutrition from Njala University of Sierra Leone.

Francess Kpaka

Finance Officer

Francess joined Welbodi Partnership as Finance Officer in 2016. She previously worked as a gender activist with a variety of different projects promoting human rights.

Frances has undertaken training courses in leadership, monitoring and evaluation, book keeping and quality documentation. She has also participated in courses including advocacy and networking, gender property rights and literacy rights. 

Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development Studies from the Evangelical College of Theology in Sierra Leone, a Higher National Diploma and National Diploma in Accounting from the College of Business Studies, Freetown and Certificate in Business Studies at SADIAC Bo, Sierra Leone. 

Alimamy Kargbo

Office Manager

Alimamy joined Welbodi Partnership in 2015 as Office Manager. He came to Freetown originally to study at Njala University College, before going on to teach English Literature and Language at secondary school level. Since then he has gained experience and qualifications in human resources management, customer service, team management and finance in various different positions.

Alusine Kamara


Alusine joined Welbodi Partnership 6 years ago as a Driver.

Mamadou Bah


Mamadou joined Welbodi Partnership 2 years ago as a Driver.