Author Archives: Madeleine Symons

October 07

When the going gets tough the tough get going!

We all bemoan the amount of admin in our working lives, I realise now that we work in relative administrative utopia compared to the Kenyans. Everyday register upon register is compiled about every patient. Quite right you may say but after each patient a clinician will have to fill in more than one register, possibly […]

September 20

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to see a lot of the beautiful Kenyan countryside whilst going to the different health facilities but this also presents its own challenges. Last week I was meeting with a youth group in beautiful weather under a tree. I also delivered a training session for the clinicians of […]

August 11

When is an hotel not an hotel??

7 weeks on and I really feel very much  in the swing of things. I have planned and designed my project and the implementation underway. It’s amazing how quickly I feel part of the team and able to start having control over my work activities. The office just happens to be in another (warmer!) country and […]

July 21

Oasis of Hope

I can’t really believe that I have been here a month already. Being on time might not be a priority for the Kenyans but it certainly passes quickly here. One major achievement in the last 2 weeks has been passing my driving test enabling us to have use of the GSK sponsored 4×4 at weekends. […]

July 07

Roads…What Roads?

Well… I’ve come to the end of my first two weeks her in Kisumu, and what a 2 weeks it’s been. The onslaught to the senses in the first few days left me reeling, so many new sights, new colleagues/ people to meet, new ways of getting around, new customs, new food all meant I […]

June 11

2 weeks to go

Just over two weeks to go before I head off for an opportunity of a lifetime. I will be working with the OGRA foundation in Kisumu, Kenya on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programme. After months of preparation and anticipation it’s hard to believe it’s almost here! I can’t wait […]