July 16

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You are welcome

You are welcome.  These words were the first words I heard coming thru the airport.  They were also the words on everyone’s lips as I was introduced to so many people on my first day at CHAI.  Welcome to Nigeria.

This last week has been a bit of a whirlwind with so many things to think of and do.  Find money, find food, find a place to stay, find a way to use your phone, find access to wifi… It’s easy think you understand intellectually what will go into this change, but you don’t know, no one can, unless they do something like this often.  It is much more complicated than one would think.  At least  until someone explains it to you.  I could not have done it without the help of so many people.  I have to thank my fellow PULSE volunteers along with the people at CHAI for their help and guidance in this first week here.

As for my assignment at CHAI,… it just so happens that my assignment here in Abuja has changed.  I now will be working within the Vaccine department.  The program encompasses introduction of new vaccines to the country, helping to set up the routine immunization plan and to set up the cold chain infrastructure to ensure that vaccines are available when and where they are needed.  My exact duties during my time here are not firm yet. I hope that whatever I am given leads me to be able to help ensure a sustainable and positive change.

In regards to the picture I’ve attached here.  We have a lot of deer and geese that hang out outside the GSK Rockville office.  They surround us.  So, I thought I’d share a picture of the fowl and fauna that hang out outside the CHAI Nigeria office.  We also have a lot of pretty geckos here but they are just too fast for me.  But maybe one of these days I’ll be faster.  Until then….On my way to work