Tuesday, April 28, 2009

About Rosemary Hermans

Intercept Poverty is delighted to announce the appointment of Rosemary Hermans as Head of Research for Intercept Poverty.

After several years of working with a leading International NGO, completing a Masters in International and Community development and travelling to over 36 countries on this amazing planet, Rosemary has settled back to Melbourne with her husband and two children.

Determined to be a successful parent alongside more study and a business, she still believes that we all, herself included, have enough time and energy left over to make a difference and help improve this world, particularly for the world’s most poor. Committed to increased human and social capital, it’s Rosemary’s vision to have a civil society that is vibrant and proactive alongside all people whom have their needs, hopes and dreams met and aspire to a more peaceful and harmonious world.

Rosemary Hermans joins Intercept Poverty

Intercept Poverty is delighted to welcome on board, Rosemary Hermans. Rosemary has recently been appointed as Head of Research for Intercept Poverty.

Rosemary brings a deep personal committment and passion to alleviate poverty. She has lived an extraordinary life not only working in the humanitarian and Aid space for a large part of her life, but being on the ground in the third sector on numerous occassions.

As Head of Research, Rosemary's work will be critical in assisting us with up to date facts, figures and research for articles, information sheets, speeches, fact sheets and documentation that supports our expanding team.

We are grateful to Rosemary for her passion, energy and dedication. We will hear more from her in the future on this blog.

My Trip to Fitsula Hospital by Chantelle Zei

I had read about the Fistula Hospital in the book ‘The hospital by the river’, and since doing so had always promised that if I was in Ethiopia I would arrange to visit. I got this chance when I was in Ethiopia in January and headed out to the hospital which is situated around 20kms from Addis Ababa.
The fistula is a birthing complication that arises when the mother is unable to give birth for one reason or another and often after many days in labour, due to the baby resting on the bladder, a hole is formed named a fistula on the uterus wall. This causes the woman to constantly leak urine and without treatment will continue to do so for the rest of her life.
Catherine Hamlin and her husband Reg, trained medical doctors, built and set up the first and only hospital dedicated entirely to Fistulas in Addis Ababa.
For a hospital that deals with such a desperate and debilitation physical condition it is such a calm and serene place to be in. The grounds are beautiful with lush gardens and tall trees and amongst it are the hospital wards, surgical facilities and rehabilitation rooms. By pure luck and chance I was shown around the hospital grounds by the CEO of the Fistula Hospital, Mr Mark Bennett.
I was shown the medical wards, housing areas, kitchen, surgical rooms, and rehabilitation facilities and also got the chance to meet many of the amazing staff at the fistula hospital.
This hospital is truly remarkable as it not only caters for the surgery and after care of the patients but also the care that many of the severely ill and physically weak women require prior to surgery. It also provides permanent housing for the patients who can not be fully cured and is expanding its services to open a new hospital in another town in Ethiopia, as well as expanding a mid wife training course for women living in rural Ethiopia.
To be shown the grounds of the Fistula Hospital was a humbling experience and once again affirmed to me the amazing work that can be achieved with will and determination.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Africa Gathering 25th April::London UK

While twittering, I came across http://www.africagathering.org. It's all about ASKING people in Africa what their needs are. Africa + Tech. Nice.