Showing posts from February, 2015

Last journey from Nepal

I started writing this post in the air (again!) to regain composure in the middle of a nightmare journey.  I can hardly read what I wrote as my handwriting was severely compromised due to turbulence.  I think this is the last time I will fly with Turkish Airlines; it hasn’t been the best of days.  Having left the guesthouse in Kathmandu before 6am I joined a long queue even to enter the airport terminal.  Eventually reaching the check in desk I learned that the flight was 2 hours late so I would miss my connecting flight from Istanbul to Gatwick.  With my trusty 20 year old suitcase I hovered near the desk for another hour whilst they made enquiries before telling me that the next available flight would be tomorrow.  As I have only 72 hours before flying to Uganda I was a bit fed up. 
Having finally boarded the delayed flight, we had an aborted take-off attempt with little explanation. There was an alarming squeal of brakes and a juddery slew to the right and we sat on the tarmac fo…

Namaste from Nepal

I’m writing this from 37,000 feet aboard a Turkish Airlines flight to Kathmandu via Istanbul.  It’s been such a hectic run-up to this series of international travel that I fell asleep as soon as I boarded the plane!  I feel excited to be visiting Nepal again; reconnecting with fellow midwives at the Midwifery Society of Nepal and other friends I’ve made through my role as Global Professional Advisor with the Royal College of Midwives.  However, this trip is also tinged with sadness as it will be the last time that I visit Nepal with the Global Midwifery Twinning Project, at least for the time being.  Our project finishes in 31 March 2015 and the past few weeks have passed at an exhausting pace as we strive to ensure that the project finishes well, our inputs are sustainable and we produce high quality evidence for the impact our twinning programme to ensure that we have the best chance of attracting further funding for follow-up work.

I’m so grateful to have been joined at the RCM by…