On returning to school… (another pandemic post)

We all know that there is nothing more frustrating than decisions about an expert field being made by non-experts. We see it all the time: business managers making decisions about numbers of ICU beds in hospitals; politicians making statements about immunology and disease control; rooms of men making decisions about women's reproductive choices. Now it's … Continue reading On returning to school… (another pandemic post)

On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

On language barriers and the importance of communication…

I live in a country where the primary spoken language is Kiswahili. While English is in common use, the language you are most likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis is Kiswahili. I've lived here now for 9 months and, while my understanding of the language is slowly but surely increasing, I am in no … Continue reading On language barriers and the importance of communication…