June 21

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New adventure awaits – see you later Britain!

This is my first attempt at writing a blog so I’ll try to keep it short.

I find this surreal that in less than 24 hours I will be in a continent I have never visited before, to start a 6 month journey in the unknown. ‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done’, I first heard this phrase when I was in school and I am not sure who said it but it has had a profound impact in how I live my life. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that stepping out of comfort zone is my second nature, nevertheless I have felt that way a few times already in the last decade. It doesn’t get any easier though and is just as nerving every single time. Change is strange and generally rewarding but it always comes with a cocktail of emotions, sometimes very strong.

My new adventure is in Abuja, Nigeria where I will be working with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Data Analytics for the Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Heath (RMNCH) programme. The aim of the RMNCH programme is to reduce the rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria, by providing women with skilled birth attendants and by providing modern contraceptives. I will only discover an accurate nature of my work once I’m there, however it is likely that I will be developing an understanding of the RMNCH data collection system, to lead training and mentoring of field staff in the system, as well as play a key role in the roll-out of the new Data Quality Assessment across the programme. I will try to cover more details about CHAI, RMNCH and my work in future blogs.

I believe I have come a long way from where I was, quite literally. I grew up in a small city, Dhanbad in the state of Jharkhand in India. I went to Bangalore (one of the few cosmopolitan cities in India) to pursue University education. Following that I decided to move to Nottingham in the UK to complete a post-graduation degree before finally moving to Cambridge, UK, where I have been for over 7 years now. It has been quite an extra-ordinary journey and I’m immensely gratified to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.

This is just the start and as I continue to embrace diversity I will also continue to share my journey through this blog portal and would appreciate your support.

More to follow soon..