Category Archives: CARE International

November 17

Remembering…

Wherever you are in the world there are some occasions that you never forget and for me one of those is Remembrance Sunday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it is the day that we remember all those who have fought in the armed services and have either died or been injured.  […]

November 10

Visiting GSK Consumer in Johannesburg & back to Market activations in the Lusaka peri-urban compounds

Mid-October, we had the chance to fly to GSK offices in South Africa. In Johannesburg, both GSK Pharma and Consumer sit in the same building. This is a very nice and green business campus shared amongst several companies.  We had the opportunity to meet our main point of contact, Kovilin, regarding the follow-up of Live […]

November 02

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 8: Namibian safari

Because you can’t get too much of a good thing, I decided to take another safari trip – this time to Etosha National Park in the north of Namibia. The terrain is very different; Namibia is very dry and there are huge salt pans in the area, meaning sparse foliage and very little water, which […]

November 02

When in Rome (well India)…

It has been festival time in Nepal and during one of the long weekends, I decided to make the trek (in a plane) over to Delhi to visit my Knowledge Centre (KC) colleagues. After spending a couple of months in Nepal, it was amazing to see how my perceptions of normality had been altered. As […]

October 26

Hide and Seek…

Sometimes there are things in life which are hidden from us, we see a piece of the picture and take it as the whole. It is only when these hidden things are revealed to us that we see the full picture and everything falls into place.  And so it is here in the Kathmandu valley…for […]

October 22

Far West: Part 2

In Western female society, we’re used to hearing the crazy, terrifying and sometimes humorous birthing stories of our friends – days of labour, emergency C-sections, husbands pulling out smelly food in the delivery suite – kebab anyone?! But even in the midst of the most difficult births there is the presence of highly qualified staff […]

October 12

Organizing Sales Challenge with Teams!

Our team faced drops in sales last month. Morale in rural areas is quite low: communities do not have a lot of money due to an unfruitful harvest. And without cash, unfortunately, they don’t buy healthcare products, priority being given to getting food first for their families. In order to recover from a bad performance […]

October 06

Volunteering Day within GSK: our Orange day in a school

Tuesday this week was booked for our GSK Volunteering day called “Orange day” as per GSK colour! I met for the first time my local GSK colleagues in Zambia. They are all part of the Sales & Marketing team for Consumer Healthcare but also sales representatives for Vaccines. Their role is really interesting. They shared […]

September 29

Develop agile thinking in a small-sized social enterprise

The advantage of working in a small-sized social enterprise in Southern Africa is that you need (and develop) multi-skilled profile with strong agility and flexibility. Indeed, in one day, you may have to start dealing with suppliers, updating your product pricelist for the sales team, checking stock & upcoming deliveries and potential shortages of products […]

September 24

Nepal – Flood Update

The Nepali (and South Asian) floods seem to have finally made the international news, although as I write this I realise they have probably been eclipsed by all the other devastating natural disasters that seem to be happening all over the world.   Challenging times indeed and my heart goes out to all who have been […]

September 12

Going West – Far West: Part 1 – Top Gear Challenge

So as promised and slightly overdue, here is the first instalment on my trip to the Far West. For those of you who studied the map from my last post you will know that the country is split into 5 regions: Eastern, Central (where Kathmandu is), Western, Mid-Western and Far Western. A few weeks ago, […]

September 06

Giving training on healthcare products to our agents !

Dear readers and followers, Recently, I had a break in Bostwana where I discovered one of the nicest natural reserve with a stunning wildlife. Indeed, it is one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitat which provides refuge to huge concentrations of game. This is a very large inland delta formed where the Okavango River […]

August 19

Terrains of Nepal:

Before I write about my trip to the far west (my next blog), I thought it would be remiss of me not to mention the devastating floods that the country has seen over the past week. You may not even be aware of this as from what I can see the International coverage has been […]

August 12

Testing some Marketing actions to push sales up (and weekend break in Malawi!)

Over the last 2 weeks, I both worked on 2 main axes: Building a procurement process and foster good work practices with my colleagues on one side and developing Market research as well as testing Marketing actions to push up sales with the team on the other side. Regarding procurement, I created a tier meeting […]

August 07

The memory game…

So one week in and I’m desperately trying to remember people’s names. This is a long standing issue I have, this ‘lethonomia’ as it’s technically called (okay so I googled it…)  Usually I can remember lots of details about people on first meeting, except their name; literally 2 minutes after they’ve told me it – […]