Category Archives: Marie Stopes International

March 18

I am Experiencing My Pulse Every Moment – Kindling Hope ♣ & Happiness Around ♥

“Hands Raised to Serve are More Blissful then Hands Raised to Pray”.

November 14

Preventing Maternal Mortality

Did you know that approximately 3,100 women die each year due to pregnancy related causes in Ghana? One of the goals of Marie Stopes International is to reduce this figure significantly by helping to prevent maternal death in developing countries. During my three months stay with Marie Stopes in Ghana I am working with the […]

September 20

I arrived in Ghana!

And this has been exactly the type of rollercoaster we heard about in the preparation phase for our PULSE journey….On my way to Ghana my luggage got lost and I had to learn to watch out when it comes to money. But I also got to know the incredible welcoming and supportive side of the […]

September 11

In the shoes of a nurse

Well, not exactly the shoes, but I was allowed to try on the clothes of a nurse for a picture during my visit of a Marie Stopes International Centre recently. But let´s start from the beginning: One of my tasks in the Global Marketing Team of Marie Stopes International in London is to develop a […]

July 17

100 million clients!

That´s the incredible number of clients Marie Stopes International has served so far, which was recently celebrated in the London headquarter and its 37 subsidiaries around the world! Marie Stopes International is driven by a vision of a world where every birth is wanted and where women have children by choice, not chance. Therefore they […]

July 10

HOME is where the anchor drops…

…this was written on a card my friends gave to me when I left Hamburg and they were right: I dropped my anchor for the next three months in London and it feels already a bit like a new home to me! There are many things I like my new home for: My new team at […]

June 17

Dream BIG

Now my PULSE adventure is going to start soon and for final preparation the PULSE orientation workshop in London took place two weeks ago! Next to meeting many great people and learning about culture, development and the ADP tools, some discussions kept my special attention like… …we will have an amazing time, a big dream […]

December 13

John and Dayna in Uganda – Some final thoughts

Recently an extraordinary event happened – a hybrid solar eclipse occurred where the dark disc of the moon completely blocked the bright light of the sun. A town here in Uganda was earmarked by experts as the best place to witness this amazing phenomenon. The last time this type of eclipse was visible was 547 […]

November 21

John and Dayna in Uganda – Boda Bodas

In past posts we have written about the challenges with driving here in Uganda. We decided that one aspect, the motorcycles called boda bodas, were worthy of a more in-depth analysis and discussion. It turns out that the term “boda-boda” comes from the Busia border of Uganda where innovative entrepreneurs provided bicycle taxis for bus […]

November 17

John and Dayna in Uganda – A GSK colleague in Uganda.

How often does one get the opportunity to meet with a “work colleague” 10,000 miles from home? I had the fantastic occasion to have a meal with a GSK Country Manager here in Uganda. Nathan Wasolo (who joined the company in 1999) was kind enough to come meet me and answer the multitude of questions […]

November 06

John and Dayna in Uganda – NGOs go above and beyond

Over the last few months I have settled into our newer offices here in Muyenga. It is interesting in that you never know who will walk in for a visit or a request for support. Lately, some motivating guests have stopped by and been led to me for assistance. It turns out that NGOs are […]

October 31

John and Dayna in Uganda – Field time, Critters

There are many wonderful benefits to being a PULSE participant: Meeting new people, learning about different cultures, acquiring additional skill sets, making new friends, helping the organization and making a difference in patients lives. One additional perk of being on the African continent is the opportunity to explore the amazing flora and fauna that exists […]

October 25

John and Dayna in Uganda – “Good Morning Miss Dayna!!”

“Good Morning Miss Dayna!” This wonderful greeting is what I hear every day when I arrive at school. I’ve been volunteering at a local facility, splitting my time between the Grade 1 (which would be akin to Kindergarten in the U.S.) and Grade 2 classrooms. I either walk the 15+ minutes to the school or […]

October 18

John and Dayna in Uganda – Hospitals

After visiting some hospitals located locally here in Kampala as well as some rural facilities it seemed that it would be interesting to do some research on how these healthcare institutions are structured, staffed and funded. As it turns out, hospitals in Uganda face several challenges. It was mentioned by many people we spoke with […]

October 13

John and Dayna in Uganda – A Walk Through The Neighborhood

Some of you have continued to ask “what is it really like living in Uganda?” To give you all a flavor of what it is like where we live, we thought that we would take you on a journey of the sights, sounds and smells that we experience on our regular walks through our neighborhood. […]