Author Archives: christosnicolaou

November 10

We had to think outside of the box, and now we have a Warehouse in a Box™…

This formed part of the speech by the Hon Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Rwandan Minister of Health, at the opening of the new warehouse facility of the RBC’s Medical Procurement and Production Division (MPPD) at the beginning of last month. The innovative Warehouse-in-a Box™ (WiB) is a turnkey solution that delivers the infrastructure, equipment and […]

September 13

In search of nature!

I am about 6 weeks into my assignment here in Rwanda, and all seems to be going well with my projects (blog to follow after the next milestones). Last weekend, Jennifer returned from her home visit, and was due to go to Huye (a.k.a. Butare), where she will spend the rest of her assignment at […]

August 12

What a Weekend….

The first Friday of August is Harvest Day in Rwanda, and a public holiday, so the weekend started early on Thursday evening on the CHAI balcony, for the monthly “shuffle”. All the CHAI employees are invited, and it is a chance for field and office staff to meet up for drinks and snacks. There were […]

July 28

Week 1 in Rwanda

There is a beeping sound in the CHAI office this morning, which means the power is off, and hence there is no wifi. So I am writing this blog offline… A lot has happened in this first week, so this blog is fairly long. I will try to keep following blogs short, and hopefully will […]

July 28

Screams at 40,000 Feet!

Monday 20th July was travel day for me, from my comfy home in Ham in the UK to a new home in Kigali, Rwanda. With a 04:30 departure for the airport, I didn’t sleep a wink in fear of over sleeping, plus nerves and last-minute packing kept me occupied. I arrived at London Heathrow Airport […]

July 08

T-12 Days, the first loop of this roller-coaster journey has been completed!

So where to begin…My PULSE journey so far has been a whirlwind, roller-coaster of an experience, with many highs and lows. From applying back in December to being accepted, hearing about the great assignments available to finally being matched, which was to an NGO in Nigeria. Although initially worried about living in Nigeria, I was […]