INDIANAPOLIS – Sierra Leone Health Partners of St. Luke’s UMC plans two medical continuing education teams to serve at the UMC General Hospital at Freetown next January. The goal is to provide in-service training to professionals at the hospital in areas of medical care, leadership development, financial/administrative training and infrastructure development and planning.

The first medical team will leave Jan. 14 and return Jan. 28.

Needed are hospital administrators, business and finance personnel, human resource and public relations and maintenance personnel, as well as physicians, nurses and allied medical professionals. Medical in-service topics requested by the hospital’s medical director are cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, rheumatology and ultra sound technology.

For information and registration forms for the medical teams, contact Don Griffith at 317-823-9390 or e-mail, or contact Sue Phillips, RN, BS, at 502-718-2242 or e-mail

The second education team will leave Jan. 27 and return Feb. 11.

The cost for either trip is $3,500 per person, depending on airfare, and covers all but meals to and from Sierra Leone, souvenirs, church offerings and some tips.

The second team will have a Primary Education Team staying and working in West Freetown one week, and up country the second week, training primary teachers in language arts and library science. For the Primary Education team, contact Amy Zent at 317-345-8712 (, or Marilyn Griffith at 317-502-7444 (