Category Archives: Africa

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 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

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 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 25

We are Citizen Diplomats!

I’m Moroccan, raised and grew up in Casablanca. I studied in a French school and have choose to move to Paris for my studies. After university and internships, I moved back to Casablanca for my 1st job in Sanofi. It was clear in my mind that I wanted working in an international environment, not limited […]

July 22

Cancer under the Canopy

Imagine if you were ill but your condition was never diagnosed. How would you feel if a loved-one was dying of cancer, but you couldn’t afford their treatment? Many Liberians will never know if they have cancer and those who are diagnosed are faced with an almost impossible problem to fund their treatment in one […]

July 19

Changing people’s lives!

My one week field trip to Northern Uganda was an eye opening exhilarating and highly motivating experience! Apart from the fact that I got the opportunity to spend lots of time getting to know key Cheshire (CSU) colleagues and understand their roles. It also gave me incredible insight into the amazing work that CSU have […]

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 […]

July 04

My Volunteeting Journey

By Zina BARRADA – Communication for Child Protection Associate @ UNICEF Ivory Coast Who am I? My name is Zina and I am Global Trade/Tender Capability Lead at GSK. I am as well GSK Job Plus Coach and Mindfulness Trainer. So, my complete job title can include ‘Mindful Facilitator Job Plus Coach’, and I like […]

May 10

My Journey to Sierra Leone, West Africa and to Belonging

There’s a difference between…  Like and love Satisfied and full Happiness and joyfulness  Understanding and being understood  Being tolerated and being appreciated  Being welcomed and being wanted  Being there and belonging there  After over 6-months living and working in Sierra Leone, I came to know these differences well. In Krio, the most widely spoken language […]

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 […]

March 06

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Sustaining

  DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Sustaining One of the missions of the GSK PULSE program is to contribute real and lasting value to society through the volunteer assignments with our partners around the world. My six-month assignment is long enough to contribute value to the society in Eswatini.  During my assignment, I have […]

March 05

Fund Raising Activity at Port Elizabeth

During my visit to port Elizabeth I was a member of a Fundraising team for Cheshire Home Summerstrand for a cycle race of 106 kilometer. In this race manager of the home Deidre Burger and one of the volunteer Les Kirkland started to support the home in the form of sponsorship toward the annual event […]