Category Archives: Regions

PULSE Partners are located around the world.

November 06

Of Monuments and Maple Syrup

So I think I have begun a lifelong love affair with the Washington Monument.  Its simplicity is what I first noticed about this monument and when you are in downtown DC, it seems to follow you everywhere you go.  It is a reminder of courage, strength and perseverance, no matter what the circumstances.  Its beauty […]

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 […]

October 04

Changing Communities

My second major objective for joining Save the Children seems obvious but sometimes in any large organisation it is understanding the impact of what you are doing directly to the child or the patient. This was a major driver for me and was fortunate to gain this understanding based upon an opportunity to carry out […]

October 04

Fighting Pneumonia together – Save the Children / UNICEF Partnership

  I cannot believe how quickly time is progressing just over half way through my assignment, I have just returned from Nairobi, Kenya after meeting two of my main objectives during my time with Save the Children. The first was facilitation and co-ordination of a face to face meeting on Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a forgotten […]

September 30

Redefining Invincible

This one might seem a bit random, but there is a point, so please bear with me.  I love the song Invincible by the band Muse.  Definitely in my top 5 favourite songs with such illustrious company; U2, Abba, John Denver and Coldplay.  There is something about it that inspires me into action.  And then […]

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 […]

September 01

Talk about commitment…

Upon arrival to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines, captured by infinite fields of sugar cane embedded by banana trees and dramatic skies, I felt peace. The captivating landscape took me back to Panama and on the bus, while listening to Ruben Blades, I reflected on all I have learned and grown while volunteering for Smile Train […]

August 30

What I can share about the people I’ve met

One of my task in Smile Train is to write about patients stories , so that more people will know more about cleft lip and palate and how’s that impacting to the patient life, the families and the communities. I found this job really interesting because it enables me to meet with so many different […]

August 28

A Borderlands Story

This is my first blog post ever!  And like many before, I have to say, the idea of posting a story was a little bit daunting.  However, Pulse is about development and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones, so here goes!!! Through the Pulse matching process, I was incredibly honoured to be matched with Save […]

August 27

Chasing Dreams… My Journey to Nigeria.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank GSK, PULSE, GCSD, colleagues, family, and friends who supported me during the past year. It’s because of your support, generosity, and kindness that I was able to make this life-changing opportunity a reality, and volunteer with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Nigeria. Early January 2019, when […]

August 26

Magic exists, and it happens here, in Barretstown/ La magia existe y ocurre aquí, en Barretstown

August 26

Slowing down – No longer resisting it!

It’s been awhile since my last blog, but I decided it was now time to get back into the swing of things and share the latest on my Ugandan adventure! Its is just over 7 weeks since I arrived in Uganda and paradoxically it seems a long time, but at the same time not. I […]

August 19

What I’ve learned so far in my 30 days with Smile Train

Mabuhay Philippines ! I’m in Manila as a volunteer in Smile Train to help children with cleft lip and/palate as a resource development and communication specialist. As an Indonesian, I don’t have any big adjustment in culture or ways of living by moving to Manila. And I’ve been to Manila few times before for work […]

August 08

United in fighting Pneumonia

  Firstly, what is pneumonia? It is a condition where there is lung inflammation caused generally by bacterial or viral infection but could also be fungal or parasitic, which causes the air sacs of the lung to fill with fluid and mucus. This leads to difficulties in breathing and efficiency of oxygen exchange which as […]