January 16

Working with EPI in Eswatini – Part 1 Community Dialogue

First,  I wish you a happy new year. 2019 started for me in Eswatini with some of my family who visited me, it was awesome  🙂 Months after the first blog, and before going back to GSK Belgium, I’m sharing some memorable experiences. All this time, I’ve enjoyed every moment working with EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization), CHAI, WHO, […]

January 11

The residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home at the Golen Harvest Parkrun.

Residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home visited the Golden Harvest Parkrun on 1 December, as part of their activities for Disability Rights Awareness Month. The objective of the visit was to create awareness for physical disabilities and to support the many runners who participate in this event. The group had a wonderful […]

January 09

Talk to the wall

This is the third and last in my mini-series of blogs about children in conflict, looking at the immediate and longer term impact of conflict on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. If you haven’t already, do read my earlier blogs about the situation facing children in Yemen and in Myanmar. **** Mornings in my […]

January 08

Dear Future PULSE Volunteers

It’s been 162 days since I started my PULSE journey. What have I learned? As my assignment is coming to an end, here are my top 5 tips for those who applied or are thinking about applying to the 2019 cycle. 1. Be adaptable: have an open mind. You will be new to the work pace and […]

December 19

More life-changing experiences

Hi everyone! These are the most important things I have been working on, since my last post: Promoting the Foundation In the process to do fundraising for the non-profit, I have been visiting several companies, Professional Chambers, Employee Associations, Media companies, etc, to share with them the transformational project that is being done by La […]

December 19

Part 5: Final Stretch…the verdict!

This is my last straight before my return to GSK land! But before that I will leave from 7th to January 13th in Benin in Cotonou to test the training material that I developed! I am both, impatient and anxious about the result ! C’est ma dernière ligne droite avant mon retour chez GSK land, ! […]

December 17

Speed-dating with a mission: To fundraise

It has been many years since I’ve done something totally out of my comfort zone.  Combine that with my personality, where I am most comfortable lounging around at home, reading a book or watching a movie. So, it took courage to encourage my NGO to pay for me to go to a networking event on […]

December 12

PAB#3: Family is LOVE

Living alone in an unfamiliar environment is tough and having a good support system is very helpful. During our PULSE volunteer orientation, we were told that we will experience all the phases of change curve and though I have conditioned myself, dealing with it in actual proved to be challenging. Thank you to the technology […]

December 11

Life Goes On

In Nigeria it’s the change of season from Rain to Harmattan (Cooler dry season and the dry Hot season) My PULSE assignment will soon be coming to a close here and I’m glad I got to witness both seasons. It’s a bitter-sweet feeling after having lived here for over 4 months…. I’ll soon be presenting my […]

December 10

10 Lessons I Learned from My PULSE 10 Experience

“Hands down! This is the best day I can ever remember…” Pamthunzi is a Chichewa word which means “in the shade” in English. It serves as my home for six months during my PULSE assignment in PIH Malawi. A place where memories are created and lessons are learned.   Number 1 : Be brave. The […]

December 06

Happy Volunteer Day.

December 04

What we ultimately work for at GSK!

Let me start by directly introducing you to this unassuming “grey box”! It is a GeneXpert device located at the Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi Robert Regional Reference Laboratory in Mirebalais, Haiti where I have spent the past five months on my PULSE assignment. I had already been aware about the GeneXpert technology for HIV […]

December 04

Story time: Flying to the moon

One of my earliest memories is my dad trying to put me to sleep, telling me stories at bedtime.  I remember him nodding off in the process, me waking him up and asking him to finish the story! I have always loved listening to people tell their stories, and the thing I love the most […]

November 30

“Be in the moment” by the girl that avoids Christmas!

What does it mean to ‘Be in the moment?’ << December 2007: On Christmas Day just as I had settled down, I received a phone call before midnight requesting my attendance at the hospital to be with my sister. I was meant to be there at that time. >> December 2008: I flew my first solo […]

November 28

Decisions, Decisions

Like a kid in a sweet shop, it sometimes doesn’t do to have too many choices put in front of you.   Work and life frequently offer an abundance of great ideas or it might be that there are just too many things to try and get done all at once – so you will have […]