Author Archives: joanneconroy15

January 27

Stories from the Small Continent: The Community Healthcare Worker

I am back in the Tana office following a week in the Fort Dauphin region in the south east of Madagascar. I was on a mission with my colleagues from UNICEF to support a community led maternal and neonatal health project in 2 districts in the region. The project goals are to increase the demand […]

December 22

Stories from the Small Continent- Improving the Lives of Girls

Dear friends, family and colleagues. I am breathing a huge sigh of relief as the proposal I was working on almost around the clock for the last month was submitted a couple of hours ago, 8 minutes before deadline. I am now on Christmas holidays for just over a week, and, after a brief evening […]

December 20

Stories from the Small Continent- When it Rains

The rainy season is finally upon us in Tana. I’ve heard so much about the terrible rain and finally I’m getting to experience it firsthand. You’d think a gal from Ireland would be well used to a bit of precipitation but nothing quite prepares you for the heavens opening like the way they do in Madagascar. […]

October 23

Stories from the Small Continent- Polio in Madagascar

Madagascar is batting a polio outbreak. There has been 10 cases in the country in the last 12 months. This is a grave concern for the Malagasy government as failure to eradicate polio could result in a future epidemic. There is no cure for polio. It can only be prevented by immunisation. Along with Pakistan […]

October 01

Stories from the Small Continent- Month 1

I’m five weeks here now. The time has gone by so fast and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Looking back at my first few days where everything was so intimidating, I’m glad to say that one month in, I’m far more relaxed and settled. I now get a thrill out of walking in the […]

September 04

Stories from the Small Continent- Week 1

I’ve been in Tana a week now and have learned so much in such a short period of time. I stayed in a hotel for the first week and moved into a studio apartment not too far from work yesterday evening. It was a great feeling to unpack my suitcases and get a bit settled. […]

August 26

Stories from the Small Continent- Leaving Ireland

Hello friends & colleagues. This is the first installment of a blog that I will write during my 6 month PULSE assignment working for UNICEF Belgium in “The Small Continent” of Madagascar. Based in the capital Antananarivo, I will work as a resource mobilisation fellow and will produce proposals aligned with UNICEF’s mission to seek […]