I was just in Niger for 10 days conducting a workshop for Imams and Pastors to equip them to discuss HIV and AIDS in their congregations and communities. It went very well - thanks for asking! All of the translations were exhausting, but other than that it was a great experience. It is nice to be in a forum where we can discuss our similarities and not focus on our differences! The group was very motivated and all but one participant turned in a follow up plan of action so that was great! I did have a chance to get with Gaston for dinner at Dragon D'Or on Sunday night and thought all you Niger RPCVs might enjoy a snapshot of our great NUT leader! Souleymane is now his full time assistant for HIV and AIDS. I tried to get him to attend but time was too short.
I decided to start a blog to facilitate the delivery of news from our new home in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. After about five years of trying to secure a job and get back to Africa, we were finally successful! I left seven years of working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and took a position with World Vision, a Christian, not-for-profit organization. I recently made a change from West Africa HIV Advisor to the Africa Regional Maternal and Child Health Advisor position. It is an exciting change for me! Even though my husband is from Niger and I have h... full info