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Archive for November 2008

Neil Squires
Posted 28 November 2008
Earlier today I met with Mauricio Cysne, the Country Representative of UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) here in Mozambique. Mauricio is a dynamic person, full of energy and a great networker. We discussed what to do to try to secure more Global Fund money for Mozambique. Unfortunately, Mozambique's only got part of the funding [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 28 November 2008
One of the pleasures of working here in Mozambique comes from working with a group of hard working and committed individuals in the Ministry of Health and the non government sector. Given the limited resources, Mozambique has achieved some remarkable successes, thanks in no small part due to the dedication of staff within the Ministry [...]

Emily Poskett
Posted 21 November 2008
The 'short rains' have started and are here in force. As my first time living somewhere tropical, they are fascinating to me. Not the grey drizzle you get in the UK, but 'proper rain', 'really-coming-down-hard' rain, 'if-you-go-out-in-it-for-two-minutes-you-are-soaked-through' rain. This is not the real rainy season, known as the 'long rains', which comes in March / [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 20 November 2008
In the run up to World AIDS Day - Katie and I, the human development and HIV/AIDS advisers here in DFID Mozambique, thought it would be good to focus on a few of the problems facing Mozambique. Mozambique faces an up hill struggle to develop a health system that can meet the population's essential health needs, [...]

Vicky Seymour
Posted 19 November 2008
Of all the routine events of life here in Helmand, there’s one thing I’ll never get used to: the all too frequent repatriation services, or ‘ramp ceremonies’, for fallen soldiers.  125 British soldiers have now died in Afghanistan.  While the previous brigade, 16 Air Assault, were here, I went to the ceremonies of 10 of [...]

Emily Poskett
Posted 18 November 2008
Have you sent anyone a Happy African Statistics Day card yet? No thought not…but the 18th of November has been celebrated as "African Statistics Day" across the continent since the nineties. Its purpose is to increase public awareness about the importance of statistics and has a different topic each year – this year being "Challenges [...]

Emily Poskett
Posted 12 November 2008
I promised to talk more about the programme of support to statistics that I am working on at the moment. At the moment I am working with the Government, the World Bank and other Development Partners (DPs) to develop our plan to support the implementation of the Tanzania Statistical Master Plan (TSMP). This plan has [...]

Jason Monty
Posted 10 November 2008
In a previous post I argued that focusing on a particular type of technology is somewhat of a distraction when looking at the important issue of internet access for the world’s poor. I think there was broad agreement, that in reality, a combination of technologies and not a single solution will tackle the access issue.         [...]

Howard Taylor
Posted 10 November 2008
I last posted in mid-October, late at night in the middle of Douglas Alexander's visit to Ethiopia (Douglas is UK Secretary of State for International Development).  I tried to include photos taken on the day, but uploading on a slow connection defeated me, so I'm going to try again now. In Kebredihar, in the Somali [...]

Vicky Seymour
Posted 7 November 2008
I live on a military base in a very dusty part of the world, where temperatures top 50 degrees in the summer.  We've not seen much rain since I first came here in early June. A number of UK troops live on the base, along with UK, US, Danish and Estonian civilians and a few US and [...]