Category Archives: Regions

PULSE Partners are located around the world.

July 19

An unlikely business trip

Beautiful scenery, my campervan, a fringe theatre trip …. That’ll be in my free time, right? No! This was all in the name of work … a super cool, and rather unlikely, 24h road trip in support of my Save the Children Centenary assignment. Dial back to my first week at SCI, Jack (my NGO supervisor) […]

July 16

Four

“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam This story has nothing to do with the American reality television music competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom” on Fox, or with Tobias “Four” Eaton portrayed by […]

July 12

Tomorrow (the sun will come out)

    My second week on PULSE ended with a very ‘proud Mum moment’; seeing my children happy and confident performing in their school production of ‘Annie’.   Six months of singing and dancing practise in the living room have now sadly come to an end. It is my daughter’s last term before Upper School, and […]

July 10

WE GOT YOU! ( Our NGO: Leonard Cheshire Disability )

I had to blog this, we dont get these coincidences very often, especially not a conincidence of the same mission! Mission to #BeChanged #BeTheChange #MakeTheChange Finally the two ( YES, 2 ) Adrienn _ have re-united in Nairobi, and not only our first names are 99% similar but we are both matched to the same NGO, in Nairobi, only in different branches. How ironic […]

July 09

DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini — PRACTICING

The creation of the “DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini” blog was inspired by my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment to work in eSwatini (former Swaziland).  This blog allows me to share some of the actions (DOING) and some of the resulting insights (LEARNING) from this PULSE assignment.  This first entry provided an opportunity of PRACTICING the […]

July 06

Part 2: Why Am I Here?

Some thoughts after the first week! Quleques reflexions au bout de la première semaine! After 2 weeks vacation sailing between Corsica and Sardinia, I was ready to start my PULSE Assignment, full of energy and impatient…Of course it was a big contrast, jumping from the middle of the sea to IFRC in Geneva! Après 2 semaines […]

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 […]

July 04

My PULSE Journey!

Today at 10pm, I will be boarding a flight to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. However, my journey to get to here started around 8 months ago, when I asked my manager if she would be supportive if I applied to the PULSE programme. After gaining approval from management, I started the lengthly application form and […]

July 03

1. You are amazing

It was Day 1 of training for a group of volunteers brought together for the PULSE programme, run by GSK.  We had come from different technical backgrounds, different countries and different cultures, and had only one thing in common.  We had all raised our hands to participate in helping our communities without knowing who we […]

July 03

África minha!

On the 18th of June 2018 I’ve started my own Africa adventure, and after being in Nigeria for almost two weeks, I feel I need to borrow the title of a childhood movie for my first blog. “África minha” is the Portuguese adopted title for the Sydney Pollack’s movie from 1985, “Out of Africa”, which […]

June 30

Leonard Cheshire Disability, Nairobi (my first few days)

Jambo! ( Hello in Swahili ) Figured i better blog now as so many excitement has happened in a matter of just a few days, and i wouldn’t want to miss blogging some of these special moments. I first stepped into LCD office 3 days ago, and immediately knew i would fit in faster than i thought. To […]

June 29

AMR 101

In 2015, at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, a massive political commitment was made towards tackling one of the greatest health challenges that few had heard of or considered. Antimicrobial resistance has since risen to the top of the Global Health policy agenda, as international public health institutions, governments, health authorities and private companies […]

June 29

Call of Nature

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir Second time around in the field… Being a new joiner in Partners in Health, I was given the privilege again to be out in the field for one whole day. I joined the CHW Team (Community Health Workers) and Finance […]

June 28

The Road Less Travelled

“Partners in Health believes that there is a thin line between health and poverty.” – POSER Manager Not a Finance person for one day… It was Tuesday morning (26th June 2018), the sun was shining bright and cold breeze could be felt as well. I was standing in front of one of the Partners in […]

June 25

Today…

Today cancer is the second leading cause of death globally Today approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low and middle-income countries[1] Today it is estimated that less than 5% of patients needing chemotherapy have access to treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa[2] Today more than 90% of cancer patients in Liberia present with locally advanced […]