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Why can't you stay?

September 10, 2012 - 4:02pm
As the end of August approaches so too does the end of fellowship here in Nairobi, Kenya. A recurring question posed to me over the past week by colleagues, staff at my apartment complex and the drivers who bring me to work has been ‘Why can’t you stay?’ My simple response is I have to return to my job back home. The Global Health fellows program has allowed me to experience both work and life in... Read More

Advancing Human Resources for Health (HRH) issues in a challenging environment

August 29, 2012 - 12:30pm
In one of my earlier blogs I posted about attending a workshop on Peer Learning. The output of that workshop was that each health facility created a three month action plan whereby they could partner with other health facilities with the aim of making advances on some key HRH issues. Currently, we are at the half-way point on achieving goals set in these action plans. An approach taken by my... Read More

Synergies between projects.

August 10, 2012 - 12:30pm
Following a busy few days with field trips late last week I am now back in the office and have the opportunity to catch up on some tasks, one being to complete this blog entry. Being the first Monday in August it is a public holiday in Ireland. For some strange reason I partly feel hard done by working on a big holiday weekend back home, however when I look out the window here at a winter’s day... Read More

Show your appreciation for Peer Learning!

July 27, 2012 - 12:30pm
In the last week of June I was invited to participate in a two day Peer Learning workshop by my colleague Patrick Kyalo, Human Resources Advisor in Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and member of the extended Capacity Kenya project team. The meeting was jointly hosted by the IntraHealth International and the CHAK Secretariat office in Nairobi. Conveniently, CHAK has a Guesthouse and... Read More

Sustainability through Country Ownership

July 13, 2012 - 12:30pm
On beginning my fellowship in Nairobi some of the initial weeks were heavily dedicated to research and reading into the project structures and operations for areas I would be involved in. While undertaking this orientation exercise however, I did sometimes wonder how local organizations in Kenya could manage some of these projects in the absence leadership from international organizations and... Read More

Human Resources for Health Strengthening in Kenya

June 9, 2012 - 10:30am
Human resources form the basis of any organization. Without people things simply wouldn’t happen. Applying this concept to the health sector, without human resources, there would be no one to provide health care to the sick and vulnerable members of society.... Read More

First Days in Nairobi

May 18, 2012 - 12:00pm
Habari! (“hello” in Kiswahili) Well, after many intensive weeks of planning and transitioning from my daily work responsibilities to my fellowship objectives, I’ve made the journey from Dublin, Ireland to Nairobi, Kenya.  Casting my mind back to late one evening in January this year, I clearly remember nervously opening the confirmation email from the global health fellows program, seeing the... Read More