Showing posts from March, 2014

A crazy week in Kathmandu

I'm coming to the end of a crazy week in Kathmandu.  I've loved staying in the 'At Home' guesthouse - it's a large family house so much more friendly than a hotel and the other guests are really interesting - German, British, Swedish and Nepali.  We all sit around the breakfast table and I enjoy the sharing of experiences and ideas.  The only down side is that our volunteers are staying on the other side of town but we've still managed to share several meals together and meet up during the day. There is a yoga class on the rooftop several mornings a week and some participants stay for breakfast so there are lots of interesting people to meet.
Asha, Fiona and Hilary are on a four week placement helping to 'upskill' Nepal's midwife teachers so that they will be able to deliver the midwifery education curriculum once it starts.  They have prepared and delivered a fantastic programme including leadership.  All participants …

Back in Nepal again

I'm currently on a flying visit to Nepal for just a week.  Next week I go onto Uganda and in April I'll be back in Cambodia.I'm here with the RCM's Global Midwifery Twinning Project (now two thirds complete) to ensure we have a clear direction for the remaining year of the project in Nepal, to meet our RCM volunteers and other RCM members here, to plan for our partner's forthcoming trip to Prague and the UK, to meet all the people involved in the project and the external stakeholders and to plan for the future after GMTP. That's a tall agenda in under a week!

I arrived last night and was delighted to meet a friend ( a Swedish midwife working here with UNFPA) on the flight from Delhi and to be met at the airport by a driver carrying a sign with my name on it.  It's always such a relief not to have to run the gauntlet of gannet-like taxi drivers at the airport.  I have an old Nokia phone with a Nepali SIM card so I topped it up at the airport - it's so im…