180 days in Africa!

1st day: Take me back home! Last day: I don’t want to leave Tanzania! What happened in between? That is what I will try to summarize in the following lines; I learned in 180 days more than I have learned in my past 5 to 7 years may be! These days changed my life, now […]

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Spirited Away

(Before you start reading this post, I invite you to open this video and leave the music on the background. Trust me, it’s a beautiful song from one of Japan’s best animations, “Spirited Away”, created by master Hayao Miyazaki.) After five months working as a GSK PULSE volunteer in the Philippines, I decided to take […]

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Going Going Back Back to Boston

Well, I’m back. My PULSE assignment has concluded, I’m back on East Coast time, and I’m back at GSK. On the flight home I was reflecting on my assignment and felt like it fit right in to the mold of the perfect story. Remember learning about Shakespeare and dramatic structure back in school? If not, […]

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A very long road to Toronto

Manila is 13,206 km. away from Toronto, an 18-hour direct flight aboard the Philippine Airlines, with a 13-hour time difference and 40-degree Celsius apart. I cannot overemphasize that they are continents apart. But I’d say my journey to PULSE Day 1 has even been longer.  Since 2014, I’ve been making it known to my line manager that […]

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A step towards the Sustainable Development in Madagascar

Hi everyone, It’s been a while since my last post, and actually I’ve been back in Belgium for 2 weeks. However, I had the draft of this following post and I really want to share it with you. During my assignment, I mainly worked on the strategy of partnership with the private sector in Madagascar. And, […]

Miscellaneous

Looking at these posts how volunteers are living the last moments of their missions, while I am still in the middle of my assignment. One of them it was the case of my teammate in the NCD team at PATH-Dakar when she was finalising her PDP, hand over the roles she was accountable for, and […]

Comrades

One of my first blogs was titled “Comrade”, the blog referenced a trip that I took to Sapa with my colleagues Chad and Mohamed.   I would like to expand on that blog and share my personal reflections on my PULSE comrades in Hanoi.   Comrades seems appropriate for 4 guys assigned to spend 6 months on special assignments in […]

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The gift I got for Christmas

The challenge my mentor gave me when stepping into this wonderful adventure was to explore my thoughts and feelings openly, and use the blog to help open up emotionally, as I can be a little guarded. As the 6 months time has passed I have realised how much I have enjoyed doing this, much more […]

Retour en France…au revoir Niamey!

J’ai vécu une expérience extraordinaire, hors du commun, et inoubliable. Tout d’abord grâce aux personnes que j’ai rencontrées dans le cadre du travail, qui m’ont accompagné, appris, soutenu, encouragé à me dépasser et m’ont fait confiance. Puis mes amis Nigériens, Tchadiens, Congolais, Italiens, Indiens … qui ont partagé ces 6 mois de vie à Niamey. […]

Reflections

I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Hopefully you are all feeling a little more rested after the break than at the beginning, I know I certainly do. Right up until December 23, I was busy at the Hospice doing everything I could to […]

End is Just a Beginning.

“Sometimes The Things We Can’t Change End Up Changing Us”. Now i am threshold of my assignment .If Good thing happens at the end that make you more stronger. It happen to me as well Regional council meeting was planned at the end. from 19th to 21st December in Srilanka. I proceed to Srilaka on […]

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Great event mark the end of my assignment #IDPD

3rd Dec is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities #IDPD. I am so blessed to be able to contribute my time and effort for a successful event that hosted by the Selangor Cheshire Home in Malaysia. I came back Malaysia to work with Dato Khatijah preparing the event. The team and I […]

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The Blog that Refused to Write Itself

I know that it’s been way too long since my last blog post, but life has a way of getting busy and I can happily say that I wasn’t blogging for all the right reasons!  I arrived back in the US a few weeks ago, and just completed my assignment last week in Durham.  I […]

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Reaching Every Last Child with Immunisation

Its one of the key drivers in child health programmes within Save the Children, and I have just had the great privilege of seeing what that means ‘on the ground’ in Shomolu District, Lagos Nigeria. Save the Children is involved in the Stop Diarrhoea Initiative (SDI) in Nigeria. The under-five mortality rate in Nigeria is […]

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Wrapping up

It’s the last day on my GSK Pulse Assignment and PATH’s low cost, low resource human milk pasteurization product, FoneAstra, is tantalizingly close to launching, with only a few final actions to be closed out by the manufacturer first.  To help facilitate this I went to Cape Town, South Africa, to visit the manufacturer Skeg […]