Category Archives: Africa

February 22

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 11: lasting impact

One of the biggest challenges for a PULSE participant is trying to make permanent changes in the organisation you’re supporting. What happens when you leave? Because we were told many PULSE assignments struggle to have longevity, this was something I was conscious of and considered during my work. To my surprise, eight weeks after returning […]

February 19

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Any journey begins with the first step and after 14 months (application through field based), here I am at the end of my PULSE assignment. It is so hard to believe that what started more than a year ago, is finishing.  I do not think of it as ending as much as a beginning for […]

February 08

Post #4: Faces behind my flip-chart

I’m not publishing many blogs but I think it is a good time to make an update. I started my assignment participating in the Organizational Assessment and it was a very good way to understand about the organization’s improving opportunities and define my objectives based on them. Then, I went to a trip to Marsabit: […]

February 06

Observations on Healthcare – making a difference

As I begin the final days of my assignment with Malaria Consortium, I wanted to take some time to provide a high-level overview of healthcare in Nigeria. One of my goals whilst on PULSE was to enhance my understanding of the healthcare landscape in my host country. Whilst my assignment did not have me visiting […]

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 […]

January 26

Managing emotions from a life-changing experience in Africa upon return to Europe: how to reset priorities in front of Europeans’rush and pressure at work?

Being back to Europe, back to a closed office with another pace at work and in drastic climate conditions changes is a real challenge after more than 6 months volunteering experience in Africa. I was feeling a kind of “freedom” when I was in Africa, why? Free from a closed office with a great chance […]

January 09

One Point Five Billion Inches

The circumference of the Earth is 1.5 billion inches. So, let’s get started ridding around our Big Rock – the spaceship Earth. Starting point was Abuja which is easily 252.283.465 inches away from my beloved family in Germany. By the end of my assignment I traveled through all this distance and eventually reunited with them. […]

January 09

Life surprise: meeting an ex-GSK Pulse volunteer on my last volunteering day!

How can life surprise us? I am ending my volunteering experience by spending these last days in GSK Johannesburg before flying back home…. and in the open space, next to me, is sitting an ex-GSK Pulse volunteer! The chemistry was immediately there when we introduced each other! As usual, Africans are so friendly in this […]

January 04

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 10: work summary

In finishing my assignment, I wanted to try to sum up the work I’ve been doing with Live Well. I had two very different roles: one as an operations manager, and another developing the strategy and transforming the business model. My assignment was complicated by GSK co-funding the business, and at times I was caught between […]

January 02

C’est en revenant à un endroit où rien n’a bougé qu’on réalise le mieux à quel point on a changé.” “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela

I came back in France. It is a pleasure to be with my family during this Christmas period, but It’s a shock to come back during this period, the contrast is too difficult to support: Gift, light’s, food’s and decoration’s protuberance. I am not comfortable, I realize how much I have changed. I was thinking […]

December 21

Bringing water to communities…..

Hello readers. I thought I’d try and finish the 2nd part of my Kajiado ARP graduation blog before starting my Christmas vacation. This piece is about the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) project. Where people don’t have access to clean water, life can be very harsh indeed. Although I’d experienced fairly basic conditions living in […]

December 21

Last moments in Africa & getting ready for 2018 ?

This week, I was part of the last sales challenge with the team! We suffered from the heavy heat to go door-to-door to each shop in the compounds, trying to push key products! This time, we carried with us a lot of promotional materials on GSK Aquafresh toothpaste to support shops selling this product to […]

December 17

Is This a Test?

The end of the year is a good time for reflection and New Year’s resolutions, a time of giving and receiving.  During my stay here in East Africa, I have often thought of the challenges I was facing, mainly having to do with the lack of modern convenience or unfamiliar concerns (e.g. bats, snakes and […]

December 15

Where the Heart Is – Home is…

…where the people you care about are; where you desire to be; feel the warmth and safety of the walls surrounding you; comfort and fellow feeling between you and your friends and family. This is, in a way, your condensed world. Abuja was this kind of home for me in the last months… Like always everything […]

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 […]