Changing Communities

My second major objective for joining Save the Children seems obvious but sometimes in any large organisation it is understanding the impact of what you are doing directly to the child or the patient. This was a major driver for me and was fortunate to gain this understanding based upon an opportunity to carry out […]

Fighting Pneumonia together – Save the Children / UNICEF Partnership

I cannot believe how quickly time is progressing just over half way through my assignment, I have just returned from Nairobi, Kenya after meeting two of my main objectives during my time with Save the Children. The first was facilitation and co-ordination of a face to face meeting on Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a forgotten illness, […]

Redefining Invincible

This one might seem a bit random, but there is a point, so please bear with me.  I love the song Invincible by the band Muse.  Definitely in my top 5 favourite songs with such illustrious company; U2, Abba, John Denver and Coldplay.  There is something about it that inspires me into action.  And then […]

September 23

Cultivating Connections

This past weekend marked the halfway point of my stay in Sierra Leone and I have a feeling the second half will fly by even faster than the first. While it hasn’t been easy being so far from home, the people I’ve connected with have made such a huge difference in making me feel at […]

September 23

My Journey So Far with Leonard Cheshire

“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it, until you grow into the person who can” Zig Ziglar Exactly around this time of year, 5 years ago I remember being sat around a table amongst other graduates ready to start our career at GSK on the IT Future Leaders Programme. The air was […]

September 16

Change before you have to

It’s an early, rainy morning. I’m listening to Ludovico Eianudi. The music perfectly complements the sounds of the falling rain drops and birds outside. Yet it’s only when I look away from the computer that I’m reminded where I am. Outside my window I see a little garden of tropical flowers, coconut palm tree tops […]

September 13

The reach of GSK medicines and building community

Seeing the Impact of GSK Medicines and Vaccines It is easy to lose sight between all the meetings and tasks that need to be done to run a clinical research study and the impact of that medicine or vaccine if it reaches patients.  Spending time reviewing operating procedures, checking import forms, meeting on a new […]

September 02

Medical Records and Volcanoes

Medical Records Rwanda has an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system that is used across the country – which is more than we can say for the US.  Rwanda’s EMR was developed through a collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) and was designed initially to diagnose and treat […]

September 01

Talk about commitment…

Upon arrival to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines, captured by infinite fields of sugar cane embedded by banana trees and dramatic skies, I felt peace. The captivating landscape took me back to Panama and on the bus, while listening to Ruben Blades, I reflected on all I have learned and grown while volunteering for Smile Train […]

August 30

What I can share about the people I’ve met

One of my task in Smile Train is to write about patients stories , so that more people will know more about cleft lip and palate and how’s that impacting to the patient life, the families and the communities. I found this job really interesting because it enables me to meet with so many different […]

August 28

A Borderlands Story

This is my first blog post ever!  And like many before, I have to say, the idea of posting a story was a little bit daunting.  However, Pulse is about development and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones, so here goes!!! Through the Pulse matching process, I was incredibly honoured to be matched with Save […]

August 27

Encountering Celebrities in Kenya

Our fascinating family adventure in some of the remote regions of Kenya continues.  Who would have known that this experience would have me working with semifinalists of East Africa’s Got Talent and Time Magazine world figures? Every day is a new, exciting cultural experience that amazes us all in many ways. Our second month has made us more comfortable in […]

August 27

Chasing Dreams… My Journey to Nigeria.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank GSK, PULSE, GCSD, colleagues, family, and friends who supported me during the past year. It’s because of your support, generosity, and kindness that I was able to make this life-changing opportunity a reality, and volunteer with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Nigeria. Early January 2019, when […]

August 26

Magic exists, and it happens here, in Barretstown/ La magia existe y ocurre aquí, en Barretstown

August 26

Slowing down – No longer resisting it!

It’s been awhile since my last blog, but I decided it was now time to get back into the swing of things and share the latest on my Ugandan adventure! Its is just over 7 weeks since I arrived in Uganda and paradoxically it seems a long time, but at the same time not. I […]