Here I am in Addis Ababa. I have explored this city, and have got lost many times; it is the best way to learn a new area (i also now have a “sort of” map!). The people here are extremely friendly and I am adapting to the way of life out here (even adapting to life in a city). There are many different cultures out here and with it being Ramadan this month I am learning through my new colleague all about Ramadan and I have had the opportunity to brake fast with her and her family. The sharing of Injera is common out here and takes some time to get used to. But I have been told that it is good for you so eat up i say.
Cancer is such a known word to so many in the UK, I am learning that here in Ethiopia there is still the stigmatism that cancer can’t be cured, the lack of awareness and attention there are to non communicable diseases, especially cancer here in Ethiopia has been surprising to me. For a population of 94m there is only 1 cancer treatment hospital with just 16 beds. The Mathiwos Wondu – YeEthiopia Cancer Society (MWECS) is trying to change this. Through my connection with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) i hope that i too can help change the perception of Cancer in Ethiopia.
My PULSE assignment is to develop a process on identifying funds and creating robust monitoring and evaluation system. At first this threw me i have no idea how to write grant proposals. But with the help from previous Alumni (Clement), and being fortunate to attend a training here with the rest of the MWECS team on “Resource Mobilisation & Fundraising Training” i am now inspired in so many ways, there are many stages and it is a continuous circle just like in our ADP training and the GSK change framework. I can’t wait to get cracking.
To the left team doing the C-O-C-O-N-U-T team energiser.
…….“Oh and the rainy season isn’t what i expected. It rains once a day for about 20 minutes!!! Ok i know i have just jinxed it, but this rain at the moment has nothing on Cumbria rain”.
P.s. my favourite new word for the day is “Kezah”, it means “and then” in Amharic