The Uganda Report

I have been very fortunate to have spent the week with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) team in Kampala on a knowledge/ideas exchange visit. The visit was made possible because of a mutual interest in access to ORS and Zinc for diarrhoea treatment and a lot of goodwill on the part of several people. […]

Zambia Diary | Day 14 | Meeting Susan

Today (Sunday, 30/1/11) is our last full day in Zambia this trip and we’ve been invited to lunch! We need to return the vehicle we used for the Mpika trip to its rightful owner so I nipped out and got it cleaned although you wouldn’t have known it half an hour later . . . it’s […]

Zambia Diary | Day 1, Visit 2 | Meeting with UNICEF

We arrived in Lusaka this morning on the overnight flight from Heathrow. The flight wasn’t as smooth as last time with a two hour delay to our departure after we had already boarded the aircraft. And then there was the screaming child! I really feel for the parents at times like this. But looking on […]

Have we got our priorities right?

This Coca-Cola was some of the last to be produced and sold in glass bottles in Malta. These are 300ml bottles. African bottles typically hold 350ml. One morning in 1988 I arrived early for a meeting in Chinsali, a small town in NE Zambia. I went into the dilapidated council chamber. There was no one […]

Hello. My name is Simon and I have diarrhoea

Does this headline jar a bit? Then read on. This post is prompted by a TIME Magazine article (Can One Pill Tame the Illness No One Wants to Talk About?) brought to my attention by Magdelena Serpa. As you can see the main theme of the article is the role Zinc can play in treating and […]

What are people in the G(n-20) countries thinking right now?

Image credit: From J N Ruxon, Medical Hostory, 1994, 38: 363-397 Early one morning in 1988 I arrived early for a meeting in Chinsali, a small town in NE Zambia. I went into the dilapidated council chamber. There was no one else there and on the table was a copy of the Mining Mirror. It […]

What Annie Lennox said

By some miracle my PC and Radio Shark did record last Sunday’s (11/5/08) Desert Island Discs. Unfortunately it’s a very poor recording but this is what Annie Lennox said. Just to put it into context, after talking about her passion for AIDS camapigns in South Africa and the fact that she’s set up her own […]