Sunday, July 27, 2008

Gimme the 5 W's!!

Who? Elisa (aka. E-Chen, Elsie, E, Mei Mei, etc.)

What? Going to volunteer in Embu, Kenya through a great business partnership between a non-profit, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and my work, Accenture. I will be working with a Non-Govermental Organization (NGO) called Family Health International and with the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH) as a Health Information Systems and Data Advisor.

What??!!?? Yes, my work and passion has found a somewhat happy medium!! I can now apply my work experience towards something I find worthwhile. So more details about my volunteer role:

The MoH has a lot of good health data captured at a local level (e.g. health centres, dispensaries, hospitals); but, most of the data is lost because it does not flow efficiently from the local level, to the district level, to the provincial medical office and onwards to the various technical leaders at the national level where it is needed for influencing policy and strategy.

So my job is to analyse the system and help work out an appropriate and sustainable system and mechanism to ensure that all the data that is captured at the provincial medical office and available to the various technical leaders.

When? I leave for Embu August 21st, 2008.

Why? Surprise surprise...... for those of you who know me well, you know that I have had the "travel bug" since college and have a love for culture, people, and international development. Since I've found out about this program/partnership at my work, it has been one of my goals to volunteer with VSO (so don't think this is due to any quarter-life crisis).

10 comments:

Sergio said...

Good luck and take care!!!

snafie said...

Wish you all the best Elisa...your are one one few i admire for following their heart.... take good care of yourself while you are in my region....

golgolli said...

I'm so excited for you and proud of you!!! I just hope I can join you soon, I'll let you know as soon as I know anything!

Joe said...

You know I'm sad, right!? But also happy for you. This sounds like an amazing opportunity. Be careful and I'll be keeping tabs on you anyway. You already know that. :)

Leia said...

You rock! Can't wait to hear about your adventures. Be careful and have FUN!

Simon said...

Hi Elisa, I am jealous! Enyour time, make the most of it and be safe!

Simon

Nicholas said...

Like Chicago said: You give meaning to my life / you're the inspiration.

You'll miss me. I know it. :-)

Sarah said...

This is so exciting! Can't wait to read your blog and hear about all your experiences. You'll be missed. xx Sarah

ed said...

you're already turning into an epidemiologist with the 5 w's.

that's all we do.

wish you the best.

rajee jo said...

Echi! hope you got there safely, keep us posted on your 'excellent adventure' keep safe. luvya!