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T is for “Time”.
Week Twenty and with over Two Thirds of my placement now completed it feels like Time is really Ticking by. I Therefore Thought it was about time I introduce you To two other volunteers who I did my PULSE Training with. But before That, I’m going to go off at a Tangent to say Thank you. Thanks for your Tenacity in Taking your time to still read These Transcripts despite how Tenuous and Tortuous the Text may be at Times.
The World Health Organisation estimates that malnutrition contributes to more than one Third of all child deaths. Recently, the ability to Treat severe malnutrition has been Tremendously improved Through the development of Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). This is a ready-to-use paste which does not need to be mixed with water; a benefit in drought-ridden areas and which also helps to prevent accidental contamination where water may be available but not sufficiently clean. It is based on peanut butter mixed with dried skimmed milk, vitamins and minerals. Even at Tropical Temperatures it can be stored for Three to four months without refrigeration and it is already improving the lives of hundreds of Thousands of children a year. Read Noelle’s account of a recent Save the Children Trip to Niger where she saw, first hand, the challenges faced in getting RUTF from the manufacturer to the children in need. You’ll also be able to see a clinic in action, where the Teams Teach parents about the value of correct nutrition, supply RUTF and Then check the health, height and weight of the children receiving it. https://gskpulsevolunteers.com/2015/10/09/almost-3-weeks-spent-in-niger-and-so-much-going-on/
There is a small group of this year’s PULSE volunteers working in London who regularly meet up after work, and on Those Twilight gatherings I get to hear Raffa’s news. She is working for Target Ovarian Cancer. Although smaller than Save, it is the UK’s leading charity in this field. They are working to improve early diagnosis, fund research and provide support to women with ovarian cancer. They help locate clinical Trials near to patients and are currently campaigning to end the “postcode lottery”, where different access and levels of care depends on where the patient lives. In her blog, Raffa provides some interesting insights into campaigning, fund raising, the patient’s family perspective and spending time with a Clinical Nurse Specialist as they Talk Through Treatment options with patients. https://gskpulsevolunteers.com/tag/Raffaella-Addis/
Finally, I couldn’t Terminate this Transmission without Telling you about one of my Tasks – which I’ve been conveniently saving for “T week”. Every month I update the Partnership “Tube map”, and in a quite Timely coincidence, Today was publication day. It is used as a dashboard, to help us to keep Track of Targets against agreed Timelines. This is a Terrific way for me to keep in Touch with Team members from across all of the workstreams and continue to increase my own knowledge and appreciate of what the Partnership is delivering. Ta ta for now.