Author Archives: robertbohinski

February 19

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Any journey begins with the first step and after 14 months (application through field based), here I am at the end of my PULSE assignment. It is so hard to believe that what started more than a year ago, is finishing.  I do not think of it as ending as much as a beginning for […]

February 06

Observations on Healthcare – making a difference

As I begin the final days of my assignment with Malaria Consortium, I wanted to take some time to provide a high-level overview of healthcare in Nigeria. One of my goals whilst on PULSE was to enhance my understanding of the healthcare landscape in my host country. Whilst my assignment did not have me visiting […]

November 23

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we cannot remember who we are or why we’re here….Sue M. Kid

As this week is Thanksgiving in the United States of America this blog seems fitting to share. I am home for my mid-assignment break.  I return back to PULSE after the holidays.  I am thankful for the chance at this experience, thankful for my family that has provided me the support to take this journey, […]

October 27

Finding my way –

Daalu nwee omarjcha obochi – ka omesia…. When you get used to a routine and get settled into a comfortable pace doing something, you ‘hit your stride’. On the other hand, ‘getting in the grove’ means to have fun and enter into the spirit of the situation or circumstance of the moment, I’ve learned to […]

October 25

Unlocking the secret of malaria transmission

Whilst I cannot tell the story in the first person, I pass along this story and the discovery that changed the world. At the end of the 19th Century, Sir Ronald Ross, a Scottish doctor working in the British Army in India discovered that mosquitoes transmit malaria. This monument discovery affirmed that preventing mosquito bites […]

October 22

Journey along the road – Abuja Nigeria

           Life in Nigeria – Abuja Anyone who knows me, knows I collect pins from all the countries I’ve ever travelled. This one is as special as all the others – I just asked a guard outside the compound to Federal High Court – they were more than willing to pass it along when they […]

October 14

The road less traveled –

It has almost been a month since my last blog. Whilst I am based in Abuja my assignment has me auditing for the Malaria Consortium and I have been traveling around the country.  Just as when I was in Mozambique and traveled there – here in Nigeria I have done the same and that is […]

September 15

On the way home –

As I write this, Summer is coming to an end in the Northern Hemisphere and for most of the folks on PULSE here in Nigeria will or have already begun their mid-trips home. This time reminds me of the song ‘On the Way Home’ by John Mayer.  A few years ago I got to see […]

September 11

Remembrance from the road 9/11

This is a shorter blog than most but felt I had to share – I’m over 7k miles from home and currently in Lagos for work and people greet me and their first words after introductions – I’m sorry for your loss – then it hits me – they may be remembering fellow Americans that […]

September 04

Time –

It’s been an interesting 4 weeks since I arrived in country and the last 10 days have been most challenging when it comes to ‘time’. We measure our life experiences by it – from the hour we set our alarms, to the gatherings between family and friends for fellowship and meals shared, milestones like birthdays, […]

August 28

The journey is all about the people you meet along the way – continued….

As per my last blog about the people we pass every day – this is the story of J.H. Local painter – Abuja Nigeria. I met J. H. (actually his name is James Henry but prefers his initials) one afternoon in the Central Business District. He was sitting in the sunshine and as is usual […]

August 17

The journey is about the people you meet along the way –

A little over a week has gone by since my fingers have taken to the keyboard of my laptop. I arrived in Abuja Nigeria and after a rather uneventful passing through border control and customs I was out the airport door for the start of a new adventure that doesn’t have me living out of a […]

August 05

Touch Down!

    Welcome to Africa! It’s been a busy 2 weeks since my last post.  I left London on Saturday 29 July for my first audit in Mozambique (MZ) and along the way had interesting experiences and personal life changing events seeing the people and work that the Malaria Consortium does in the field. After […]

July 27

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it; J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

I arrived in London if only on a stayover on my way to Africa. I’ve started the journey and it’s been an interesting 2 weeks preparing for my first leg of auditing on behalf of the Malaria Consortium in Maputo, and Lichinga (Niassa Province) Mozambique. The Malaria Consortium is located near the Old Street tube station […]

July 07

In order to Arrive one must first Depart –

I started this particular blog thinking about departures – the departure from routine, departure from family and friends, departure from what is familiar… Today is the start of my journey – where will it take me? As I set forth for that drive from home to airport, I have more than just a flutter of […]