Author Archives: carissavados

February 12

Final Blog – Reflections

The 6 months of my PULSE assignment with PATH in Dakar are now well over and I have travelled the 6,000+ KM to sit back in a Canadian GSK office. While I was in Dakar, I took two sets of photos to describe the passing of time: Renaissance monument (which I referred to in my […]

November 27

Home away from home

As I near the end of my assignment (3 weeks to go!), here are a mix of reflections, both on day-today life as well as work. Sometimes it feels like you’re so far away from home: When you play a staring contest with the two sheep who are trying to intimidate you while sunbathing When […]

October 21

Two weeks in the field – Tambacounda & Ziguinchor

This month, I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in two distant regions of Senegal, conducting a study on essential medicine and technologies for diabetes. In a nutshell, there is a gap in data on the affordability and availability of essential medicines for NCDs in low-income countries, which is in part to blame for […]

September 15

1 cancer, 3 experiences

I’m 2 months into my PULSE assignment. My experience has been made up of wonderful little moments, generally positive and light-hearted (e.g. successfully learning a few Wolof phrases, trying the infamous Senegalese Touba coffee, making some good progress at work with the Ministry of Health). This week however, these generally light-hearted experiences were overtaken by […]

August 14

A lovely taxi ride in Dakar

1040am, a hot Thursday in Dakar – the time escaped me somehow, I intended on leaving the office at 1030. I was going to the Inspection Médicale des Écoles, and since it would be my first time there, always a good idea to leave early. With more than a month of Dakar living under my […]

July 08

Destination – DAKAR!

Six years ago, almost to the day, I was in rural Ghana, lying under a mosquito net in a small, hot room, and I found myself in a state of feverish delirium so intense it is almost hard to describe. I was experiencing first-hand what millions of people suffer from every year: malaria. The most […]