Archive for July 2009

Sarah Sanyahumbi
Posted 30 July 2009
Just in case you’ve missed it - Joanna Lumley is in Nepal this week! She’s been called a “Goddess of Nepal”, and has arrived for the first time to meet Gurkhas and their families, for whom she has campaigned so successfully. I met her earlier this week and she’s lovely – down to earth and [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 29 July 2009
Saturday morning in Kigali felt weird; it was spookily quiet in the streets as the whole population of the country spent the morning doing some community work in their local area - cleaning the street,  digging the ground or just tidying the place up.  Even the President was out there, digging holes for banana trees. [...]

Sarah Sanyahumbi
Posted 22 July 2009
I was born and brought up in Bristol, South West of the UK. In Bristol there is a famous bridge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which I learned at school was one of the first suspension bridges of its type in the world. It was completed in 1864 and spans 214 metres, connecting Clifton Downs (which [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 20 July 2009
I am returning to my blog after a month of intensive work preparing for one of the two big annual policy discussions with the Ministry of Health. The meeting was held last week, on the 16th July, at the hotel right next to the DFID office in downtown Maputo. Over a hundred and fifty people [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 8 July 2009
Do you think announcements by British Government Ministers make any difference at all to people in Rwanda?  If I told the woman in the red cap who walks everyday along the road past my front gate here in Kigali what Douglas Alexander and Jack Straw said today (7th July), would she take any interest? I reckon that [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 8 July 2009
The nurse gently turned the over the little baby in the incubator, checking his condition; she indicated that he was doing well. In the Intensive Care Unit in Kibagabaga District Hospital, Dr Blaize showed us the equipment they have for premature and sick babies. It looked good, clean and new – just like the hospital [...]