Author Archives: walkersarj

December 05

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I’m going to admit from the start that this post is self-serving.  I have been with GSK for over 2 decades and I know the company is not perfect.  There are corporate frustrations inherent at GSK, just as there are inherent frustrations in any large company.   However, I believe GSK deserves credit where credit is […]

October 29

Community Responsibility for Healthcare

During my PULSE assignment with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB), I have been fortunate to work with the School Health Program.   This program started in 2018 as a pilot in 15 schools in Eastern Rwanda with the objective of combatting the increasing incidence of malaria in children.  The program has since expanded to also […]

September 13

The reach of GSK medicines and building community

Seeing the Impact of GSK Medicines and Vaccines It is easy to lose sight between all the meetings and tasks that need to be done to run a clinical research study and the impact of that medicine or vaccine if it reaches patients.  Spending time reviewing operating procedures, checking import forms, meeting on a new […]

September 02

Medical Records and Volcanoes

Medical Records Rwanda has an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system that is used across the country – which is more than we can say for the US.  Rwanda’s EMR was developed through a collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) and was designed initially to diagnose and treat […]

July 25

Stretch Goals: Eliminate Hepatitis C in Rwanda

I’m in week 3 of my PULSE assignment with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB). I have learned a tremendous amount but have only scratched the surface of all the services provided by PIH/IMB. I hope to improve my information absorption so I can become a somewhat competent team member. PIH/IMB, in coordination with Rwandan […]

July 12

First Days in Rwanda

I arrived in Kigali, Rwanda on July 5th to begin my GSK PULSE assignment with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB).  My immediate first impression was the open greeting offered by everyone I met, including the baggage claim representative dealing with my lost luggage (which arrived on day 2).  The PIH/IMB team extended my warm […]