Muli Bwanji from Malawi

So my first blog from Malawi and I have been here 6 days. My arrival at Chilkea airport on Monday seems a lifetime away as so much has happened. The PIH office in Neno BOMA are a backbreaking 2 hour drive from Blantyre ,the nearest big city, the last hour on the most difficult track that can really only be driven by 4WD.PIH are kindly putting me up in one of their guest houses which is actually only about 5 mins walk from the offices – 3 mins if I use the short cut and I am sharing with 2 other ladies who work at PIHIMG_0017There is limited shopping in Neno- only a local market where you can buy  basics, vegetables and fruit and so I bought a lots shopping in the supermarket at Blantyre before travelling to Neno!

First day in the office on Tuesday and everyone is so friendly and helpful – getting me set up at a desk, sorting IT, meeting HR and having a tour of the offices and local community hospital. PIH work with the local ministry of health providing healthcare services for about 165,000 people in Neno, which is one of the poorest areas in the country, with 2 hospitals and 12 healthcare centres

My working week finished on a highlight with a field visit to Mwanza to see the final day of the community health worker ( CHW) training. Another interesting mixed road journey of backbreaking track and then lovely tarmac road. There were about 60 CHW from local villages all in a local community hall , who had come to learn how to recognise  a number of diseases and then work with households to ensure that they get the correct medical treatment. The graduation was so uplifting with certificates presented and lots of singing and dancing!

It is so peaceful here with lovely scenery,  the only trouble being the frequent power cuts ( so lots of candles) and the intermittent shower!

IMG_0018Busy week coming up with 3 days of field trips to visit various healthcare programmes and a visit to the main warehouse as Lisongwe – my project begins!

Tsala bwino  (goodbye in Chichewa)  and muli  bwanji is how are you!

12 comments

  1. Sounds like you are settling in, Sylvia!! Would love to see some video of the singing and dancing…with you joining in!! Tsala bwino!

  2. Thank Lo ! I am waiting until I get more settled before asking about photos/videos but will be sure to once I am in the swing of things!

    1. hi Jenny thanks for responding to my post – its lovely to know that people are reading them – and will definitely keep adding pictures. The ladies in the office are planning a trip to lake Malawi in Sept which I am really looking forward to if it works out!

  3. Hi Sylvia – sounds amazing, love the photos the scenery looks incredible and the field trips must be giving you amazing insights into how you can manage your projects to help everyone. Looking forward to the next post 🙂 Lorraine

    1. Thanks Lorraine and definitely looking forward to the trips this week and will hopefully take more photos/videos! Hows GSK?

  4. Wow, looks like you have had a busy first week Sylvia and glad to hear you adjusting. I’ve a feeling the bumpy tracks are like when you start spinning classes, you have to train your rear 😉 The pics look amazing!

  5. Wow Sylvia what an adventure already! really great to see where you are and what you are up to. Enjoy the field trips. I am still in denial that you have gone 🙂

  6. thanks Amy glad you are enjoying the blog – I a sure I’ll get better as I go along, this first week is getting use to the surrounding, meeting everyone and getting to know my project – don’t worry I am sure 6 months will fly by!

  7. So lovely to see these photos and hear how you’re settling in! Thanks very much for sharing — you’re on the adventure of a lifetime 🙂

    1. Ah ha I have found them all wasn’t too difficult actually. I am so jealous. Are you there on your own in that guest house ! And when power cuts ? It looks so peaceful and I can only imagine the scenary.. keep these coming when you can xxxx

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