Author Archives: Matt Hall

Road Trip to Uganda

Weeks 7 and 8 saw us mostly out on the road, first a trip to Uganda with Dr. Mike Marks and then a 3 day weekend safari trip in the Masai Mara. I’ll write about our safari trip next time as there is far too much here already! Dr. Mike Marks MBE is the former […]

Get stuck in!

I will start with an apology as I have a lot of catching up to do. So much has happened since I last blogged and today is really my  12th week in Kenya. So I will try and do some catching up over the next few weeks. Weeks 5 and 6: In my last blog […]

Time to dig a little deeper

During our third and fourth weeks in Kenya we spent time getting to learn more about the workings of the OGRA Medical Centre (OMC) in Ombeyi. We spend a day interviewing the staff at the local Health Centre using a questionnaire devised by Doug. We are trying to understand how they are using the current […]

GEMBA – go and see!

Our second week in Kisumu was spent getting know more about how the community clinics operate and we spent a day visiting a state of the art Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system developed at AMPATH in Eldoret. Monday’s are generally spent by everyone in the OGRA office. This day I spent time getting my laptop […]

First week in Kisumu – orientation

The first week was spent in orientation – which consisted of visits to various OGRA supported projects and clinics. Our second full day in Kisumu we visited a number of educational projects. Oasis of Hope secondary school. The school provides free and cheap places for talented orphans and vulnerable children from the Kisumu slums. Many […]

“Landed” safe and sound in Kisumu

I arrived safe and sound in Kisumu yesterday with my new PULSE buddy Doug. We had met briefly at Terminal 5 on Sunday morning before we got on the British Airways flight to Nairobi. We stayed in a hotel in Nairobi and then took a connecting flight the next morning to Kisumu. Our accommodation is […]

12 days to go!

Just a very short note to say “Hi”. I am Matt Hall and I work as a research scientist for GSK R&D in Stevenage, UK. I will be heading out to Kenya in less than 2 weeks to start a 6 month PULSE Assignment with the Ogra Foundation in Kisumu. I will be working with […]