Category Archives: PULSE2018

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 […]

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 […]

January 29

N.R.G.

As I stood at the copier in Save the Children International’s London Office during my last week, I noticed this little packet on the store cupboard shelf labelled ‘NRG-5’. It was a reminder that staff at Save the Children are always ready and poised to help children in need at the time of a global humanitarian crisis. […]

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 […]

January 08

Dear Future PULSE Volunteers

It’s been 162 days since I started my PULSE journey. What have I learned? As my assignment is coming to an end, here are my top 5 tips for those who applied or are thinking about applying to the 2019 cycle. 1. Be adaptable: have an open mind. You will be new to the work pace and […]

December 10

10 Lessons I Learned from My PULSE 10 Experience

“Hands down! This is the best day I can ever remember…” Pamthunzi is a Chichewa word which means “in the shade” in English. It serves as my home for six months during my PULSE assignment in PIH Malawi. A place where memories are created and lessons are learned.   Number 1 : Be brave. The […]

November 28

Decisions, Decisions

Like a kid in a sweet shop, it sometimes doesn’t do to have too many choices put in front of you.   Work and life frequently offer an abundance of great ideas or it might be that there are just too many things to try and get done all at once – so you will have […]

November 28

New Beginnings

I enjoy very much being in a foreign country, in a new country, new place.  And I also enjoy beginning a new book.  It’s like being someone else.  J.M.G. Le Clezio I arrived in Lesotho on a Thursday, and once I was somewhat settled in to my hotel, it was off to work the next […]

November 12

Lest we forget

….. For your tomorrow, we gave our today ….. Six reflections on what Remembrance means to me, in this 100th Year since the Declaration of Armistice in November 1918. For their yesterday … Lest we forget – Yesterday I felt immensely proud to wear my Scout Leader uniform and be a part of the Remembrance Parade in […]

November 12

Experience the journey from Exclusion to Inclusion

Hello friends, In my current blog, I am starting from where I left in previous blog. Yes, it is about ‘Inclusive Education’. One of my assignment objective was to assist the Project team for a successful launch of this Project. It was a great learning for me to get insights of project management and about […]

November 01

Goodbyes and Hellos

 “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” – Ernie Harwell Part of the process of going on PULSE is to say goodbye to family, friends, and work colleagues in preparation for our time away. Everybody was supportive; after all, I […]

October 30

Foggy Adventures

“As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme”      Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When GSK launched the PULSE programme 10 years ago I knew it was for me. The opportunity to make a difference, in the heart of a community serving some of the […]

October 29

Life

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Life. The period between birth and death. The one thing that we can’t afford to be taken away from us by someone […]