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It is time to say farewell or “Sala kahle” to Swaziland. It’s hard for me to believe that I have already been here for 6 months.
25 Mar 2014 / 2 minute read
A funny thing happened on the way to the office
One morning I arrived to the office early and was greeted by the guard. We exchanged pleasantries and I gave him my keys to unlock the building.
18 Mar 2014 / 2 minute read
My friends and family have asked me about the other expatriates (expats) in the mission.
13 Mar 2014 / 2 minute read
I’ve spent the last 15 years of my career at a large, biotech drug company in the US, so making the move to an NGO and moving to Swaziland has been a bit of an adjustment... as you can imagine.
03 Mar 2014 / 2 minute read
Enjoying the beauty of Swaziland
The good news about working in Swaziland is that we’re not confined to the area of the mission.
26 Feb 2014 / 2 minute read
My assignment in Swaziland is for six months and I have been offered the opportunity to extend.
20 Feb 2014 / 2 minute read
Do you live in a palace since you live in a Kingdom?
Compared to what I have heard about most MSF mission housing I suspect I do live in a palace. There are six expat homes in Nhlangano and I live in Garden House.
14 Feb 2014 / 3 minute read
Interesting challenges I hadn’t considered
I had an interesting discussion with one of the pharmacy technicians that really awakened me to the reality of working in a poor, rural area… “When reconstituting powered antibiotics for children,
10 Feb 2014 / 2 minute read
Today’s Pharmacy Assistant Training
We hold Pharmacy Assistant (PA) Trainings each month which allows the pharmacy team to come together, have lessons on relevant topics, and discuss issues/updates about the mission, their work and w
05 Feb 2014 / 2 minute read
The Clinic Pharmacies: Staffing
For the region of Shiselweni, the MSF staff includes one pharmacist, four pharmacy technicians, and 12 pharmacy assistants (six are in school and therefore work in the clinics intermittently).
28 Jan 2014 / 3 minute read
The Clinic Pharmacies: Ordering Medications
All of the 22 primary health clinics in Shiselweni has a dispensary and a pharmacy storeroom. The stock comes mainly from Central Medical Stores (CMS) which is part of the Ministry of Health.
21 Jan 2014 / 2 minute read
Since arriving in 2007, MSF has prioritized decentralizing HIV and TB services from the hospital and two health centers in the bigger towns, to the 22 primary health clinics across the Shiselweni r
16 Jan 2014 / 3 minute read