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…

The Latitude Lottery

  The cold, bare, concrete floors, rows of basic metal-framed beds and thin mattresses with waxy sheets of fabric used as covers or blankets, the buzz of flies and mosquitoes as they come through the open windows, and the cries of unsettled babies echoing down the damp, unlit corridors. As I walked through the maternity unit … Continue reading The Latitude Lottery