When Georgie met the Queen

It was a long drive to London with a new baby in the back seat. Before we set off I had rigged up some fairy lights around the headrests to distract her. That worked fine until we were stuck in traffic, 13 miles of roadworks on the M6. She liked that even less than we did….

Most Bloomin’ Excellent

We didn’t believe it until we saw it in the papers, that’s why it wasn’t too hard to keep it a secret. For over a month we asked ourselves – is it really true? Was it a hoax? Maybe the letter got lost in the post? Because when they first wrote to Georgie, they gave…

For Sierra Leone, Ebola done done.

After almost two years, 14,000 cases and nearly 4000 deaths, Sierra Leone finally has an Ebola story worth celebrating. What a lot of time I’ve spent talking about this horrible disease on this blog. The first time I referred to the outbreak, pretty casually, was here in June of 2014. In fact, I was very…

Then I guess we’ll just begin again

Things don’t always end the way you’d like them to. Last week, Georgie came home and Liberia reported its first new cases of Ebola since being declared Ebola-free in May. For Liberia it was, perhaps, inevitable given the porosity of the borders between Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea but nevertheless it was a worrying and…

Just another Monday…

One year on and we are there again. Kaffu Bullom, a Chiefdom of Port Loko district. A wonderful Chiefdom on the peninsular, surrounded by the sea, home to the airport and numerous ferries and boat crossings to Freetown. If it were in England I would describe it as wooded but here we say it is…

Some fantastic news. 

We sit here, in our London flat, Georgie and I. Georgie’s bags are packed and ready and we are getting set for the trip out to Heathrow and for Georgie’s final stint in Sierra Leone. It feels like a long time now since I left there in August. A very long time since we first…

Lockdown

Georgie writes: Imagine it is Christmas time or a birthday or something important and you want to get home to be with people you love and feel comfortable around. You start the journey home by packing your things, booking travel. You get to the station, find the right train and get a seat, and as…

Looking towards an Ebola-free future for Sierra Leone

Five weeks in to her latest posting and Georgie is keeping up her 8am-8pm 7 day a week schedule. The number of new cases seems finally to be declining across the three countries most affected by this outbreak but there is still plenty of work to be done. Now complacency becomes a threat as communities…

The Happy Shower!

Georgie will be on the BBC World service this evening at 7:30 talking about her role and IMC’s work with pyscho-social support in Sierra Leone. She was interviewed for a programme called ‘Health Check’ and I’ll post a link from the iplayer as soon as it’s up. From talking to her this week it sounds like…

Do we know it’s Christmas time at all?

“Do you want me to bring anything else when I meet you at the airport?” Georgie’s reply was as rapid as it was surprising: “Pret a Manger Christmas Sandwich. Actually, any Christmas sandwich. Christmas sandwich!” Apparently, despite having been in West Africa since October, Georgie knows it’s Christmas time, an’ all. And judging by the…

Opening the Ebola Treatment Centre

Last weekend, autumn leaves shone against a pencil grey sky, backlit by the fading sun. This week the temperature has fallen and now the leaves turn to slush underfoot. In Sierra Leone the rains will be ending, giving way once again to blazing dry heat. I recall when we first arrived there at the start…

The Toucan and the Puppets – a post from Georgie

Georgie writes: I think this morning had to be one of my stranger days, and I can’t help but come back to the same nagging thought of what would I be doing, what would all my colleagues now be doing, what would my husband be doing if, somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Guinea,…