Author Archives: beverleyjewell

January 25

My last post of an amazing adventure

HI, My last post of an amazing adventure, January has in fact been one of my busiest months .Preparing a senior management presentation with financial scenarios to demonstrate sustainability felt a little like life a GSK but with very different content! I also visited a refugee camp for south Sudanese in northern Uganda,5 hours on […]

December 06

Outreach in a container,under a tree in the rain or in a tent,wherever its needed!

A week spent in one of the toughest environments I have ever experienced, Turkana in NW Kenya is a true hardship area and Kakuma  is also home to a 200,000 person refugee camp(mainly from fighting in South Sudan)  .Turkana are nomadic people and therefore medical services need to go where they can  be found, and also […]

November 06

A team health check is always a good idea

A great team meeting this week using many of the things I have learnt at GSK;used survey monkey to do a team health check,developed with team their first ever dashboard and walked the walls with PRIDE(what did you do last financial year you were most proud of?) and FOCUS (what will you focus on  this […]

October 29

The fun in fundraising!

All NGOs do amazing work but nothing is possible without funds.I was so pleased to be invited to the Smiletrain fund raising photo exhibition to support cleft palate surgery.I was surprised to see all the candidates for Miss Kenya 2015 also there! Can you spot me in the photo?They have selected cleft palate surgery as […]

October 15

Obstetric fistula, ever heard of it?

Just back from surgical camp at Kisumu to repair obstetric fistula(VVF or RVF).Obstetric fistula is common in Africa,caused by delay in delivery of the baby,the head pressing against the soft tissue,cutting off blood supply and causing tissue death and so a hole.The women then leak faeces or urine and are isolated from their community.Repairing the […]

September 23

Challenges on pulse are always there but coming 11th in race in kenya makes it all worthwhile

Feeling really pleased with 11th place in 12,5k Ngong Hills  trail  run…and there were lots of hills. .feeling really part of Kenya now! Today I went with IBM volunteers for outreach surgical visit, cant believe they leave at end of the week. They are only here with me for 1 month(IBM programme is much shorter) but its […]

September 10

Happy Ethiopian New year, it’s 2007

This week I visited Addis in Ethiopia, to understand how they organise surgical outreach and also visit their centre of excellence for obstetric fistula repair. September 11th is new years day in Ethiopia and it will become 2007.all very confusing. The outreach was so well organised with great partnership between Amref Ethiopia, ministry of health, […]

August 31

the usual Nairobi jam!

when stuck in traffic jams its always good to have interesting neighbours!! 3 main highlights of this week first I met the team of IBM volunteers,3 of whom will be joining me  for the first 3 partner project…GSK,IBM and AMREF..like us volunteers come from all over the world but just for 1 month..they made me […]

August 21

Can you spot malaria?

This week I tried(and failed!) to identify malaria on a slide during a malaria diagnosis course…Amref run great training programme to increase skills of lab technicians across Africa. .course was full and I was so impressed by the active participation ..also how well they accepted  some times you get the answer wrong! I also attended […]

August 18

surgeons changing childrens lives

Just returned from an amazing inspiring week with orthopaedic outreach team in Nyabondo.80 children travelled many miles for the chance for an operation on congenital abnormalities such as club foot .The children often don’t go to school as they are ashamed and teased about their disability .Surgeons,anaesthetist and physiotherapists all give their time to travel […]

August 07

After 2 weeks it really feels like a inspiring if different world!

Nearly finished my second week working in clinical and diagnostic area of AMREF , truly inspiring work ,with volunteer doctors heading off to the most under served communities ,conducting operations and training local doctors at the same time.On Sunday I set off for a 6 hour drive to Nyabondo,a mission hospital on the shores of […]