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

Encountering Celebrities in Kenya

Our fascinating family adventure in some of the remote regions of Kenya continues.  Who would have known that this experience would have me working with semifinalists of East Africa’s Got Talent and Time Magazine world figures? Every day is a new, exciting cultural experience that amazes us all in many ways. Our second month has made us more comfortable in […]

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 19

Challenges of Disability – Learning from Tanzania

Today is the end of my first working week at Tanzania Cheshire Foundation in Dodoma. Before beginning my assignment, I had reviewed the main data about disability in the world. Before Pulse, I was not aware of the amount of people suffering from disability. Inclusion in education is recognised as a basic human right and […]

August 18

Coming Full Circle

At a very young age, my mother instilled in me that even in the darkest hour, at the deepest depths, there is always hope.  That hope may not always be evident, but a sliver of light is somewhere to be found – to hold on to and to never let go.  As a child, I […]

August 09

Forming Partnerships

What does it mean to partner? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the archaic term of partner is defined as “one that shares: a partaker” and the primary modern definitions is “one associated with another especially in action”. In the first month of working with Partners In Health Sierra Leone (PIH-SL), I’ve learned about how they […]

August 09

Karibu Tanzania ! 5 months with Leonard Cheshire in Dodoma

I can say that patience is the key. When Desmond asked me during the Pulse interview which was the quality I was going to improve during my Pulse assignment, I said “Patience”. Because I knew that in my day do day work, we are always facing emergencies and acting as fast as possible. When I […]

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 […]

August 06

Cali2Philly: My Favorite Day

Rewind to a few weeks ago… As I sit here down the shore (New Jersey, I’m a local now) escaping the triple digit extra high humidity of Philly, my friends are asking about the latest group of photos I posted. I got the biggest smile on my face because this day brought me so much […]