November 08

Global Procurement Newsletter Article

Life in Tanzania I have now been in Tanzania for 3 months – time is really flying here. As a reminder, I am working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian working at the country office for Amref Health Africa. This office is responsible for implementing the projects that have been funded by donors (like GSK). My […]

November 05

The Difference We Are Making

It’s been an exciting 4 months working with Theodora on this 6-month impact measurement project. Impact measurement is showing how the Giggle Doctors help to bring about positive, meaningful changes for children in hospital.   Before I joined, the charity had started to measure the benefits of a Giggle Doctor visit but being a small team, […]

November 03

The papaya tree in the neighbour’s backyard

There is a papaya tree in the neighbour’s garden, that I can see from my landlord’s kitchen. At the end of each day, I sit in the kitchen’s door steps to get a stable network signal to talk with my family. Inevitably, I stare at the papaya tree. It has been growing quite a lot […]

November 02

My African experience

  I’ve been in Sierra Leone for over four months now. It has been an incredible and unforgettable time so far; full of new experiences, emotions, and personal growth and development. It is very different from  my home in Poland. Even though I have visited North African countries before, I was told by a few […]

November 01

Goodbyes and Hellos

 “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” – Ernie Harwell Part of the process of going on PULSE is to say goodbye to family, friends, and work colleagues in preparation for our time away. Everybody was supportive; after all, I […]

October 31

Profiles: PATH

For the past seven weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of working from PATH’s office in Hanoi with the Global Health Security team in developing the organization’s response to AMR. My time in Vietnam is especially fortuitous as PATH is gearing up to Antibiotics awareness month with a range of activities in support of infection prevention […]

October 31

My “ordinary” dad

A personal story from me this time. My dad was born in a small town in the backwaters of Kerala, India. Anyone who has been to Kerala knows that it is covered in coconut trees and my father’s family were coconut tradesman. He was born into a large family, as was typical in those days.  […]

October 30

Foggy Adventures

“As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme”      Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When GSK launched the PULSE programme 10 years ago I knew it was for me. The opportunity to make a difference, in the heart of a community serving some of the […]

October 29

Life

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Life. The period between birth and death. The one thing that we can’t afford to be taken away from us by someone […]

October 29

Where Do We Begin?

I’ve been busy at my PULSE assignment, focusing on STEM education initiatives in Philadelphia, and it’s going great! I’ve learned a lot, taking part in as many workshops, meetings, and volunteering projects as I can; helping educators through professional development workshops; leading our initiative to recruit, train, and schedule STEM Speakers to present to students […]

October 25

Lo que se aprende se desaprende

Siguiendo el mismo formato que en mi primer blog… primero la versión española-mexicana. And the English version in blue! Hope you enjoy! (See below) ¡Ya han pasado cuatro meses! Han sido tan intensos y durante este tramo central de mi PULSE han pasado tantas cosas que no sé por dónde empezar. Después de la adaptación […]

October 17

Camouflage Uniforms

2 pm on a rainy Thursday, I sit in a room surrounded by boxes of latex gloves, red sharps disposal containers, and a group of men and women in camouflage uniforms. I am at the National Borders Service central base camp, where I have the chance to support the Ministry of Health in a three-day […]

October 14

Humbled

A lot has happened since my last blog and I struggled to choose a topic to write about. Since I am just finishing what my colleagues at SDI (Save the Children International’s Sustainable Delivery Initiative) call my “Asia tour” I decided to share some thoughts and impressions from my first field visit. After delivering the […]

October 13

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — FOLLOWING

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — FOLLOWING In Eswatini I live in a small apartment on the edge of the developed sections of Mbabane, the administrative capital.  Behind my apartment is a mountain with huge boulders.  When I arrived in Eswatini, my neighbors told me that there were marked paths to the top where the […]

October 12

Voices of Health Competition: Vote Early, Vote Often — for The Food Trust!

Greetings from my PULSE assignment at The Food Trust!    Hope you are all well and enjoying, at least for those of us in Philadelphia, a finally sunny autumn day. I also hope this finds you with a few seconds (promise – only seconds) to vote for The Food Trust in Aetna’s Voices of Health Competition.  […]