Author Archives: Ambily B with Malaria No More UK

January 25

Like a dream come true

I still remember the day a year ago, when I had my first interview with the PULSE team contact at GSK, offering a few options of roles I might  be interested in for PULSE.  The first 2 options they talked me through were similar to roles I had already had at GSK.  The third option […]

December 17

Speed-dating with a mission: To fundraise

It has been many years since I’ve done something totally out of my comfort zone.  Combine that with my personality, where I am most comfortable lounging around at home, reading a book or watching a movie. So, it took courage to encourage my NGO to pay for me to go to a networking event on […]

December 04

Story time: Flying to the moon

One of my earliest memories is my dad trying to put me to sleep, telling me stories at bedtime.  I remember him nodding off in the process, me waking him up and asking him to finish the story! I have always loved listening to people tell their stories, and the thing I love the most […]

October 31

My “ordinary” dad

A personal story from me this time. My dad was born in a small town in the backwaters of Kerala, India. Anyone who has been to Kerala knows that it is covered in coconut trees and my father’s family were coconut tradesman. He was born into a large family, as was typical in those days.  […]

October 05

“Your chance” to change the world in 10 minutes. Are you willing?

Why you? I am not going to beat about the bush.  We need you. This is your chance to make a difference in the fight against malaria.  I know if someone had said that to me 3 months ago, my first question would be “How can I make a difference?  Aren’t there already a lot […]

September 11

Changing seasons – shaping my priorities!

  As the temperature is dropping by a degree or two in London after a sweltering summer, I am starting to reflect on my priorities at work and life, wondering if these are also shifting. I am 2 months into my 6 month PULSE assignment. My initial assignment was to determine a European strategy that […]

August 16

3. Why we need saving from ourselves!

On the one hand our future looks bright. It took us 200,000 years of evolution to expand the human population to 1 billion, but over the last 200 years we have multiplied it 7 times, to reach a global population of 7.2 billion.  The last 200 years of human history have witnessed some great human […]

July 13

2. Abracadabra – as relevant today as it was to Dinosaurs.

I love magic, making the impossible happen. But, I didn’t realise until recently that “Abracadabra” was first used by physicians in the 3rd century AD in Rome, as a magic formula to ward off malaria.  Malaria has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, killing everything in its path. Even today, bats, many birds […]

July 03

1. You are amazing

It was Day 1 of training for a group of volunteers brought together for the PULSE programme, run by GSK.  We had come from different technical backgrounds, different countries and different cultures, and had only one thing in common.  We had all raised our hands to participate in helping our communities without knowing who we […]

June 14

An adventure of a lifetime begins…

When I was a little girl, I used to change my mind daily about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Amongst the many options I considered (such as a teacher, stewardess, doctor), there was always a common theme “to help people”. During my 12 years as a scientist working on molecular pathways, […]