It’s a time to implement!
I like the idea of “Worms Eye View” by Prof. Dr. Mohammed Yunus, Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank – he thinks, “we often have bird’s eye view; we can see the whole world, we can measure the terrain, but we don’t see the details. If we have the worms eye view, then we can find the solution right away, because we see what happens, the interactions and so on. It’s much powerful than just being up in the sky, and speculating about things”.
Save the Children, Kenya launched GSK funded “BORESHA” project on 04th July last year which aims to accelerate the reduction in maternal and new born mortality in Bungoma country. Bungoma country has some of the highest number of child deaths in the entire county and as a result of this programme and investment, nearly 200,000 woman and children will be benefitted.
My role as GSK PULSE Volunteer is very important for this project. At present, many of the heath dispensaries have been reporting stock outs in Bungoma country and therefore supply chain issues have been found one of the key barriers to success for this BORESHA project. I am committed to change the scenario with same aspiration in mind that “There is a person at the end of our supply chain. Everything we do is to ensure so that they can do more, feel better and live longer”.
I have been working for more than four months with Save the Children in Kenya and my assignment is to conduct the diagnosis of health commodity supply chain in Bungoma County, identify gaps and accordingly design the implantation plan to bridge those gaps. we used the GSK ADP methodology for diagnosis and design, and as I mentioned about the idea of “Worms Eye View”, we visited many health facilities in Bungoma County, talked to the relevant people to understand the key issues at ground that ailing the system. With the structured GEMBA process, by applying proper problem solving tools and other analysis we have finally completed the diagnosis. The key issues have been analysed and accordingly we have designed the implementation plan. I have just two months to complete my assignment and I am just ready for implementation now – I was thinking whether I am too slow in the process! I can recall one quote by Abraham Lincoln – “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend first four hour sharpening the axe”.
I strongly believe I am exactly on the track and I am happy to see when people understand the issues after the diagnosis and know what needs to be done even in my absence after next two months.
It’s time to implement and I look forward to my remaining days here in Kenya. I am happy to see that the “I” have converted into the “We” and now there are many people who are ready to support during implementation stage. Together we can make difference!