Author Archives: emmadrawbridge

October 16

Be The Change – Emma Drawbridge

VOLUNTEER FLYER If you want to be the change, check out the link and get involved

September 25

Office Rat, War is Over – Emma Drawbridge

After consultation with my in house team of experts we decide that a food baited trap was a solid solution. Naively I thought this would mean a trip to town to buy a trap. Turns out we would need to make our own as no one knew of anywhere that sold traps. Finally a chance […]

September 23

Office Rat, The Revenge – Emma Drawbridge

An epic battle of wits has been fought over the last six weeks. There have certainly been times where I have had doubts about my intelligence’s and all because I have failed to capture the office rat. Once the mesh was installed over all possible entry points, I thought this would have been the end […]

August 19

The Gift – Emma Drawbridge

A former doctor at Muhimbili hospital visits the grounds, its staff and patients daily. I think it gives him a sense of purpose. Sadly this once doctor of cardiology has fallen on hard times I believe due to his failing mental health. Dr Kishiwa often pops into my office to say hello and likes to […]

August 14

Quiz – Emma Drawbridge

How many patients were screened at Tabora?

August 12

Patient Information – Emma Drawbridge

How I’ve been spending some of my time in the office is performing analysis of data from a breast and cervical screening campaign performed in the town of Tabora. The idea of me doing this analysis is to clean the data and model it, with the goal of discovering trends that will support future decision […]

August 07

Where I Work – Emma Drawbridge

Origins of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) can be traced back in 1910 to 1920s when it was known as Sewahaji Hospital and in 1956 its name changed to Princess Margareth Hospital. Soon after independence 1961 it was named Muhimbili Hospital to 1976 when its name was changed to Muhimbili Medical Centre. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) […]

August 05

Quiz – Emma Drawbridge

Which well known song is played on repeat in the elevator in my apartment block?

July 31

Office Rat – Emma Drawbridge

Like any good folk tale accounts vary wildly. One staff member says that the office rat is the size of a desk another says the size of a fist; I don’t think I’d want to meet the office rat if it is as big as my desk. I myself haven’t seen the legendary office rat […]

July 24

Blogging – Emma Drawbridge

One of my biggest worries after the initial excitement of finding out I had been given the opportunity to go on a PULSE assignment to Tanzania was that I needed to use a blog for the first time. I found the idea of doing this very daunting. I really didn’t know how to beginning or […]

July 22

Friday Night Take-Away – Emma Drawbridge

Walking home from work on a Friday night I thought to myself, what’s better than cooking on a Friday night, a take-away is better. Dar Es Salaam is great for street stalls and one takes my fancy based on the amazing aromas. This particular street stall sells barbecued chicken and barbecued corn cobs. So I […]

July 17

What Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Do – Emma Drawbridge

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® builds on existing healthcare programs to integrate cervical cancer prevention—including increased access to HPV vaccinations—screenings, and treatment as well as breast and cervical cancer education in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The goals of PRRR are to reduce deaths from cervical cancer by 25% among women screened and treated through the […]

July 15

Learning Swahili – Emma Drawbridge

The lovely ladies in my office have been teaching me a Swahili ‘word of the day’. Now I’ve learnt most of the list, the problems come when somebody, anybody says anything to me. For some reason I suddenly feel a lot of pressure and give random replies. Real life example number one: Friendly stranger – […]

July 10

What is a PULSE assignment? – Emma Drawbridge

Due to the varied readership of my blog, I thought I’d better explain PULSE. Motivated GSK employees are matched to a non-profit organisation for 3-6 months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad. PULSE assignments also challenge employees to think differently about the world, facilitating leadership development and personal growth. […]

July 08

First Day in the office – Emma Drawbridge

I arrive at the hospitals reception at 8.30am and the first thing that comes to mind is that Muhimbili hospital is much bigger than I expected. Once at reception I asked to be directed to my new manager, firstly I’m told she’s not working today shortly followed by she doesn’t work at this hospital. Worryingly […]