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How do you solve a problem like diarrhoea?

How do you solve a problem like diarrhoea?

The Zambian sun is burning fiercely in the bright blue sky. Mothers and children, queuing at a clinic on the outskirts of Lusaka, receive little relief from the thatched gazebos meant to protect them from the heat. Many have walked long distances to be here, carrying babies on their backs and holding small children tightly by … Continue reading

An unintended consequence of innovation?

An unintended consequence of innovation?

I spoke on a conference panel today about innovative technology and health care. Once I got over my stage fright I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion.  It was a privilege to speak alongside some very talented innovators. And the great audience participation meant I was able to crowd-source lots of new ideas. I was speaking about … Continue reading

The Capital of Happiness

The Capital of Happiness

There are few earthly delights that compare to a pleasant morning in East Africa, sun burning and city bustling, with a good cup of coffee in your hand. Until recently this could prove to be a tall order. The poor quality of coffee served in East Africa, a region that produces some of the best coffee … Continue reading

Counting our Blessings

Counting our Blessings

A few weeks ago I visited a Government health clinic in Nakasongola, Uganda. I found two energetic nurses, whose dedication make the place function, together with some less encouraging elements: long queues of mothers and malnourished infants; a dearth of data; and absent staff. But my real interest was drugs. The clinic has an in-house … Continue reading