Category Archives: Partners in Health

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 […]

August 03

Enjoy the Ride

This last month has been an absolute whirlwind. And to be honest, I’ve struggled to sit down to write this post. There is so much I want to share with feelings that I can’t seem to put into thoughts, let alone put into words. So, stick with me on this one, you’re about to embark […]

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 10

From Celebrating Freedom to Settling in Freetown

  Travelling to Sierra Leone to start my assignment with Partners In Health was quite a journey as I only gave myself one day in between arriving from my Philippine vacation and departing on my flight to Freetown. That one day was the 4th of July which is usually spent celebrating U.S. independence with fireworks […]

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 […]

October 06

Some aspects of daily life in an African village…

(Version française : voir plus bas!)   Here are some “vignettes” that try to describe a few typical aspects of the basic everyday life in an African village. I also wanted to highlight a few important differences between the way things are handled by more affluent Africans or by expatriates like me on the one […]

July 20

Arriving in Rwinkwavu…

(Version française : voir plus bas!) Here I am now in Rwinkwavu… a village towards the end of the Eastern road: this will be my base camp for the next 6 months. Beyond, there are another 20 kms with small villages and then… only wildlife: Akagera National Park ! [1] But I’m not going to […]

July 04

First impressions

(Version française : voir plus bas!) Leaving Brussels airport on July 2nd seemed somewhat strange… I am so used to travel through this airport, however today this is no ordinary business or tourist trip! I am leaving for my 6-month PULSE assignment with the N.G.O. Partners in Health (PIH) in Rwanda…This is in the context […]

January 27

Tionana Neno

As I sit here on my homeward bound flight I cannot believe my 6 months in Malawi is now over – I know people said it would pass quickly but really ……..😟 I am feeling so many emotions, sadness at leaving all the new friends I have made, gratitude for all they have shown me […]

December 13

Interview with Emily

I thought it was about time to share with you all, more details about Partners In Heath, the organisation I am volunteering with, here in Malawi and what better way than to talk to the Chief Medical Officer, Emily Wroe at Partners in Health (PIH), Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) A quote from Paul Farmer co-founder of […]

November 25

More adventures in Neno

  More adventures in Neno It has been awhile since my last blog as I have no idea where the time goes here but for somewhere with limited entertainment opportunities and serious lack of utilities, time seems to pass even more quickly than at home My procurement projects have been progressing and if you remember […]

November 19

A Time of Thanksgiving

For those of you who are reading this BLOG and happen not to be US citizens here is a quick lesson on the history of Thanksgiving, one of Americans’ favorite, if not yummiest, holidays.  And NO it is not just because we get to overindulge ourselves with traditional foods and not feel guilty— it is […]

November 05

Further lessons in Africa

I have been extremely lucky to recently visit a Pulse colleague in a neighbouring African country who is working with the same NGO as I am We were both very excited as we were initially due to be deployed together but for various reasons this did not work out and so a very kind invitation […]