Author Archives: KirstyKakanskas

August 31

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 7: taking Care of visitors

Live Well is a social enterprise business owned by Care. So officially, my PULSE assignment is with Care. In reality, I’ve had little to no contact with Care since I’ve been in Zambia, other than saying hello when I pop into their building. Live Well is ran with dedicated staff who did not originate from […]

August 19

Living Well in Zambia, chapter 6: training

Live Well has a way of throwing development opportunities at me in the same way that GSK did… most recently by delivering refresher training for our community health entrepreneurs (CHE). I’d planned to observe the training, but due to staff illness, I stepped in to work with Salome, one of our sales officers, to deliver […]

August 09

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 5: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls are the best known attraction in Zambia, if not Southern Africa, given their status as the seventh wonder of the natural world. They stretch 2km across and at the highest point, the Zambezi river plummets 108 metres down; twice the height of Niagara Falls. The water volume varies greatly between the rainy and […]

July 29

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 4: getting down to business

Live Well is a sales business. It’s very different to my experience in GSK; in primary manufacturing, I jump from thinking about the realities of making the active pharmaceutical ingredient to safety and supply for the patient and the sales and distribution elements pass me by. Live Well also doesn’t feel like a PULSE assignment. […]

July 10

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 3: safari

For our first full weekend in Zambia, we headed east to South Luangwa National Park. Kindly, the government had arranged two bank holidays in our second week, and Live Well organised for us to go to Chipata for work for the rest of the week (which is quite close to the national park), so we […]

July 09

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 2: field trips

Live Well activities cover peri-urban and rural communities, with two hubs: Lusaka (the capital) and Chipata (a town in Eastern Province, near the Malawi border). In our first week, we went to Kenyama (a compound in Lusaka city) and the district of Chongwe (about an hour from Lusaka) which was fairly rural. In week two, […]

June 27

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 1: From A (application) to Z (Zambia)

I think the theme of the first PULSE blog is similar. We are all filled with trepidation, concerns, fear even. It is significant to change so much, so quickly. This is my take on the journey to day one. So, rewind. We applied in January, and it was a pretty gradual process over a few […]