First month in PULSE – Innovations in Healthcare

Hi everyone! My assignment is in Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit organization based on DUKE University in Durham, NC-USA. When I applied to PULSE, I supposed I would go to a developing country, having contact with poor communities, helping them not only inside de NGO, but also with some extra activities, etc. It´s funny how we […]

August 17

The journey is about the people you meet along the way –

A little over a week has gone by since my fingers have taken to the keyboard of my laptop. I arrived in Abuja Nigeria and after a rather uneventful passing through border control and customs I was out the airport door for the start of a new adventure that doesn’t have me living out of a […]

Why CHAI employees and volunteers get up in the morning?Pourquoi les employés et les bénévoles de CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE se lèvent-ils le matin?

They envision a world in which all individuals have equitable access to high-quality health care, enabling them to live healthy and productive lives with dignity and equal opportunities. Nigeria is among the highest contributors to maternal mortality in the world: Maternal death account for 32% of all deaths among women age 15-49 (33000 women each […]

August 16

Words Have Power

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing – Edmund Burke Ok, so I added women to the quote to make it relevant for 2017. I know this blog is supposed to be about PULSE but I need to voice my opinion about the heartbreaking […]

Short Farewell, Thanks GSK Korea!

You see that orange box? I was so much surprised to see it at the Townhall on 16th of August, at the GSK Seoul Office. It’s been 5 years since the last PULSE volunteer was deployed from Korea (it was to Ghana) and I am the very 2nd PULSE volunteer. So it was something to […]

August 15

BBL/Brown Bag Lunch

In July, we hold the BBL in lunch time to introduce myself and GSK, share my experience and explain overview of ADP. I learned BBL meeting for the first time. A brown bag meeting is a casual meeting that occurs during a lunch period. This type of meeting is referred to as a brown bag […]

August 14

Moved to Dublin

先週末、ダブリンに引越しました。 アイルランド(特にダブリン)の賃貸住宅は慢性的に供給不足らしく、 また家賃相場も上昇を続けています(昨年で13%、2011年からは60%も上昇したそうです!!) 会う人みんなに部屋探しは相当大変だと言われ、かなり覚悟していたのですが、意外とあっさり見つけることができました。 エリアとしても、治安もよく適度ににぎやかな良いところで見つかり、本当にラッキーでした。   とはいえ、契約書にサインしてから3日ほどの間に、 不動産屋が部屋の鍵を持っていなかったり、 電気の開通のやり方がわからなかったり、 (モバイルアプリで登録して先払いでチャージしなければならない) 煙探知機が1分おきにピーピーなるのをとめられなかったり、 冷蔵庫の電源コードが短すぎてコンセントに届かなかったり、 コンロと換気扇がスイッチを入れてもまったく動かなかったり、 いろいろありました。 今日ようやくすべて片付き、ソファで落ち着いてビールを飲むことができました。   のこり5ヶ月、この部屋で元気に楽しく暮らしたいと思います。 Finally moved to Dublin!! Everyone says to me that finding an accommocation in Dublin is one of the most painful thing. There has been an accommodation shortage in this city and the rents continue to rise – it […]

August 14

Mountain (Mis)Adventures

If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance.  – Ralph Marston A few weeks ago my team and I went to the mountains to observe more instances of the World Food Program (WFP) Food Distribution program. […]

August 13

Coping with COPE

Google-able Fact #2 – Lao PDR is the world’s most heavily bombed country per capita. More than 580,000 bombing missions were conducted over Lao by the US Air Force during the Vietnamese War (1955 – 1975) aimed at destroying the North Vietnamese Supply Ports. Most of you may have already heard of or read the above. But […]

August 13

La fine è il mio inizio! The end is my beginning!

Wake up at 7am..breakfast at the canteen listening to Radio Dynamo and to the voices of the children..a coffee at Dynamo Cafè from Genny and then in office….after work an amazing path through the Adventure Park among dreamcatchers and footsteps of fantastic animals, seeing children facing with painting of original creations, or having fun at […]

Week 2 of my Malawian adventure

So this week I am really starting to get going with my procurement project, meeting people and reading up on processes and documents. I am finding the technology & systems very challenging ( not a surprise I hear you say 😀) but everyone is so ready to help that I think I am now up […]

August 12

Testing some Marketing actions to push sales up (and weekend break in Malawi!)

Over the last 2 weeks, I both worked on 2 main axes: Building a procurement process and foster good work practices with my colleagues on one side and developing Market research as well as testing Marketing actions to push up sales with the team on the other side. Regarding procurement, I created a tier meeting […]

August 10

What is a Plebiscite?

Same-sex marriage is legal in the following countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Uruguay, New Zealand, France, Brazil, England, Wales, Scotland, Columbia, Luxembourg, United States, Greenland, Ireland, Finland, Slovenia and Germany. However, same-sex marriage is not allowed in Australia, even though a huge majority of Australians support it.  […]

August 09

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 5: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls are the best known attraction in Zambia, if not Southern Africa, given their status as the seventh wonder of the natural world. They stretch 2km across and at the highest point, the Zambezi river plummets 108 metres down; twice the height of Niagara Falls. The water volume varies greatly between the rainy and […]

Emerging from the Change Curve

Today is the 30-day mark of my PULSE assignment at the Philadelphia Education Fund. The office is located downtown near GSK’s former site. I’m very familiar with the commute and thought it would be an easy transition. My biggest hurdle has been the change in my routine. I became a bit depressed. I just didn’t […]