Women deserve excellent care, the world over

This blog was originally published by MSF International on 7th May 2019 and can be read in its original format here. I'm reposting it here to keep this blog complete. I’m roused as usual by the criers with megaphones giving advice on cholera prevention. It’s only 5am, but I can’t really complain when we’re the ones... Continue Reading →

Swimming Lake Kivu

This blog was originally written and posted on the 25th July 2018. I am reposting it here today for the sake of keeping this blog complete.  On my second day in Bukavu my colleague suggested a swim in the lake. This heaving border town curls around the southern tip of Lake Kivu, an expanse of... Continue Reading →

Missing Maps- help needed!

You may recall that my last post was a slightly dazed jumble of happiness and trepidation- I'd landed my dream job with my favourite charity, who had turned around and told me that I am needed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Well, it's been several months since then and I have been busy. No,... Continue Reading →

Same Shit, Different Country

To set the scene, as they say, I'm sat writing this outside my little house, surrounded by children and chickens. We've just had a heavy and rather unexpected shower of rain, which sent every woman (including me) running to rescue her washing- it all felt rather British. Now the world is at rest, sleeping off... Continue Reading →

Life in Loumbila

Genuine question: how do you make suncream soak in when you're among the top 10 sweatiest things in West Africa? Answers on a postcard. We've been back in Loumbila for a week now, getting to know the place and trying to work out what we're meant to be doing. I'll see if the internet will... Continue Reading →

Bugs and Brakina

My first thought on arriving in Loumbila was that I had seriously underestimated the African insect situation. It was midnight, and after a four hour delay at the airport, three lost bags, and an hour's drive we had arrived for our in-county training. Mercifully, I realised that our Burkinabé teammates were also surprised by the... Continue Reading →

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