Since returning from Rwanda, I realize that I have been changed and I made sustainable changes within the Rwandan government’s Medical Procurement Production Division.
The first change for me was to accept a new position within GSK by moving from Quality Assurance within the commercial manufacturing site (B40) to moving up the hill to R&D at the Upper Merion Campus. Because of PULSE, I am more comfortable with new ways of working, and quickly learning how groups support each other. I have changed in that I am able to quickly establish partnerships with stakeholders to determine their needs and get alignment of departmental goals. I am more willing to ask for help to quickly overcome barriers, working with others to come up with work a rounds. Plus I am more flexible when things or processes are not what I expect. The time that I spent learning about other cultures has served me well. I exercised my leadership skills and as an individual I grew by learning more about Rwanda and other cultures through interacting with people who have traveled to or are from all over the world: Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, France, UK, India, Cyprus, and Senegal.
These interactions have inspired me and allow me to bring new energy back to GSK to activate change in step with global health needs. I have shared my PULSE experience at work through Quality Town Halls, Toast Masters and during luncheons and dinners. I have shared my experiences with parents and teachers from the Agnes Irwin School. The Agnes Irwin School sponsors a women’s school (Akilah) in Kigali which I visited on my last day in Rwanda.
Through presentations, I discovered just how deep the thread of altruism runs in the GSK community. After my PULSE presentation, I found out that Dr. Anne Schuind who also works at GSK had volunteered in 1994 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Goma, during the Rwandan genocide. She treated the Rwandan refugees.
My GSK housemates who were very helpful and I am looking forward to them visiting me here in the Philadelphia. They always made me feel welcomed.
Also the GSK Rwanda country team was very welcoming. I was delighted to be part of a group dinner with Allan Pamba. Hearing him talk about our company’s Africa 2020 plan, which aims to reach 80% of the African population with GSK medicines and vaccines while continuing to drive our volume agenda made me proud to be part of GSK. GSK is changing the world so people can Do More, Feel Better, Live Longer.
My sincere thanks go out to Steve Boselli and the Building 40 SLT for allowing me to go on PULSE. Also thanks to Scott Runkle, Patricia Mertz and Lisa Napp for covering my work load while during my absence. I also appreciated by Robert Woodward for being my coach and the PULSE team and their leader Ahsiya Mencin. Most importantly my gratitude is extended to Andrew Witty for having the vision to create the PULSE program.