Category Archives: Pulse 2018

March 18

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Doing

I have called this series of comments “DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini”. In these blog posts, I have shared some of my experiences with a focus on the LEARNING.  I have not yet written about the DOING of the work in my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment.   My assignment role was as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis […]

March 06

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Sustaining

  DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Sustaining One of the missions of the GSK PULSE program is to contribute real and lasting value to society through the volunteer assignments with our partners around the world. My six-month assignment is long enough to contribute value to the society in Eswatini.  During my assignment, I have […]

March 05

Fund Raising Activity at Port Elizabeth

During my visit to port Elizabeth I was a member of a Fundraising team for Cheshire Home Summerstrand for a cycle race of 106 kilometer. In this race manager of the home Deidre Burger and one of the volunteer Les Kirkland started to support the home in the form of sponsorship toward the annual event […]

March 05

Social Transformation Award

In the month of December 2018 there was a competition of  Social Transformation Award for the NGOs by Government of South Africa as per DRAM (Disability Rights Awareness Management) activities according to that to make South Africa hassle free country for the people with Disability by 2030. So I compiled the case study and submitted on […]

March 05

Fund Raising Activity

We organized a fundraising activity on 15th Feb 2019 at Randburg Park with FM radio channel for valentine couples for 10 kilometers. It was a fun activity in which we organized a stall of pan cakes and we sold about 600 pan cakes in 5 hours. Residents, couples and their families enjoyed pan cakes and […]

February 13

Back at GSK – a new start

Finally, I am back at GSK, I started working last week on 4th February immediately after my return, as I felt that was the best way for me.  I used the past week to readapt to the weather and my daily routine in Siena. The most difficult part was managing the emotions, I was happy to […]

February 01

Welcome back to GSK – A new beginning

Finally, in January I made my long-awaited return to GSK after successfully completing my 6 months PULSE assignment with Save the Children in the capacity of Co-design Advisor. What an incredible journey this has been for me. It felt strange at first – more like walking into a new work place. A lot has happened […]

February 01

Every beginning must have an end – the final goodbye

And so, with the pre-design workshop out of the way, I began the slow winding down of my assignment. I still have a couple of things to do like updating my project charter and my budget sheet. When I look back to when it all started that cold morning in April in London, I wonder […]

February 01

The Program design that was not – thinking outside the box

Suddenly, it seemed I have run into a kind of hitch on my journey! The project team received the information that the research partner had revealed it was unable to conduct the Situation analysis which was initially slated for October and was proposing a new date in quarter 1 of 2019. The implication was that […]

January 16

Working with EPI in Eswatini – Part 1 Community Dialogue

First,  I wish you a happy new year. 2019 started for me in Eswatini with some of my family who visited me, it was awesome  🙂 Months after the first blog, and before going back to GSK Belgium, I’m sharing some memorable experiences. All this time, I’ve enjoyed every moment working with EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization), CHAI, WHO, […]

January 11

The residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home at the Golen Harvest Parkrun.

Residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home visited the Golden Harvest Parkrun on 1 December, as part of their activities for Disability Rights Awareness Month. The objective of the visit was to create awareness for physical disabilities and to support the many runners who participate in this event. The group had a wonderful […]

January 09

Talk to the wall

This is the third and last in my mini-series of blogs about children in conflict, looking at the immediate and longer term impact of conflict on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. If you haven’t already, do read my earlier blogs about the situation facing children in Yemen and in Myanmar. **** Mornings in my […]

December 12

PAB#3: Family is LOVE

Living alone in an unfamiliar environment is tough and having a good support system is very helpful. During our PULSE volunteer orientation, we were told that we will experience all the phases of change curve and though I have conditioned myself, dealing with it in actual proved to be challenging. Thank you to the technology […]

December 06

Happy Volunteer Day.

December 04

What we ultimately work for at GSK!

Let me start by directly introducing you to this unassuming “grey box”! It is a GeneXpert device located at the Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi Robert Regional Reference Laboratory in Mirebalais, Haiti where I have spent the past five months on my PULSE assignment. I had already been aware about the GeneXpert technology for HIV […]