It’s been a whirlwind few months settling into my job and life in Amsterdam – to be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve been IN Amsterdam to settle very much as my new line of work as a travelling trainer involves spending so much time overseas!
We will talk openly about broken bones, why not broken hearts and minds too?
This is really a blog-by-proxy – it’s not about me really, it’s to try and give a little window into the life and amazing work of one of my teammates...
I’m homesick. Well, sick at any rate. Not severely, but when you’re a long way from anything familiar any kind of sick is pretty unpleasant and...
As much as I am loving working for MSF and am aware of the difference that our presence makes in the lives of people here I just want to write a...
I'm a British former MSF field nurse now turned Learning and Development trainer based out of Amsterdam. I am scared of cockroaches and computers, so appears to have swopped living with one phobia for another with this move. My new training role involves travelling and delivering the MSF inhouse trainings to national and international staff in MSF's projects, as well as in Holland, with a new trip and a new country approximately once a month.
This was my first blog from my first mission to South Sudan which I've resurrected for my new role. I've also worked in Central African Republic and Nepal with MSF as field nurse.
Here's the old blog blurb from 2013 if you're interested:
The project in this blog is in Nasir, a town near in the east of South Sudan about 30 miles from the border with Ethopia. As a first timer with MSF Emma was relieved to find out that the hospital there is well established and resourced – She will be taking over the responsibility for outpatients (GPish, but without the appointment system!), Childhood Immunisation, and Community Outreach programmes.
The plan is for the new Ministry of Health to gradually take over the hospital, but given the deficit of trained staff in South Sudan following the 20 year long conflict this is likely to be a prolonged process.