News and articles from Niall Manogue

paula radcliffe i ain't...

Ok, so my plan to turn myself into paula radcliffe hasnt quite worked out the way I planned it to. This is the case for 2 reasons. Firstly, Kiwoko, though a hospital in possession of a fine operating theatre and an excellent team of surgeons, doesnt have the surgical skills necessary for such a transformation. And secondly (and perhaps more importantly) I havent had the necessary dedication, skill and determination to turn myself into an accomplished long distance Olympic athlete.

All that bein…

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Posted on Mon, 25 Sep 2006 | 1 comments

wedding times are busy times...

...so hopefully you'll excuse my blogging failings whilst in the land of speedy internet access. well, my sister has been married off, i have a new brother.. all in all it was a fantastic day. it was also brilliant being back home with friends and family for a few weeks, though definitely not long enough!

as a consequence of that its now a little weird being back in Kiwoko again. am finding it quite difficult to re settle again, though it's still early doors, so i'm sure that will c…

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Posted on Fri, 08 Sep 2006 | 6 comments

after a day at the swimming pool...

im sitting at the internet cafe in a big shopping centre in kampala… you'll be glad to hear i can adapt to life as a westerner very easily if required. well time for another bloggage.. apologies for the delay, but i actually have been busy this month.

as you will be probably aware, the new community visiting schedule for HIV/AIDS care has been going on this month. its been going really well.. we are starting to engage with our community much more and are starting to discover more about th…

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Posted on Sat, 29 Jul 2006 | 1 comments

Wiiki. Hmm I dunno actually.

Well, Im in Kampala, in the land of speedy internet so here beginnetth another blog entry. Its been a busy few weeks at Kiwoko Hospital. In the community HIV/AIDS team where I work, were moving to a brand new system of working next week, so its been pretty hectic preparing for that. This change has the potential to revolutionise the way the hospital engages with the local community so the stakes are quite high. People here are sick of hearing me talk of how excited I am about it! If youre into p…

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Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2006 | 2 comments

week 8ish...

osibe otya benange. well, the african odyssey continues… and continues well. Life in Kiwoko moves along with pace. Work has been busy, but in a good way. I am loving what i am doing – Starting to really see how things fit together, and been able to take a few decision to help them fit together a bit better. We're in the process of planning a major strategic shift in our community visiting. This shift will allow us to be much more involved in the community around us, as we seek to show God&...

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Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2006 | 3 comments

and the winner is....

so here it is – the long awaited competition winner. see earlier posts for details!

Thompo – great variety – expanded my musical horizons, so i know you 'll be happy anyway. Ro – spot on with the songs i'll like section – but we did share some big tunes over 2 years, so maybe you had a head start. Ben J – got in early – very strong… hard to beat Jamie – unexpected – introduced me to Sufjan Stevens – thanks.. oh and a great dave clements track Britty – late entry – strong through the m…

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Posted on Fri, 19 May 2006 | 5 comments

hmmm... i think its week 6...

Well, my devoted blogees… i think its week six here in sunny kiwoko! actually its not that sunny – we're in the middle of the wet season and there have been some amazing rain storms. Makes the constant drizzle of the province seem a little lacklustre.

Life is progressing well – thanks for all the messages of support. I do appreciate it! It's funny how quickly you get used to being somewhere. In a way, it seems like I've been here for ages – in another way, no time at all. Work ha…

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Posted on Fri, 19 May 2006

week 2...

So, I've been here for over 2 weeks now, so it seems appropriate to offer some thoughts on what has been going on. I've moved into my new house, which is just great. Got all my pictures and paraphenalia up so it's looking lush! Work has continued to be great – though the reality of actually what we are doing at the hospital is pretty overwhelming. I was out in the community this week and it was pretty shocking to see the level of poverty. Things that you and I take for granted clearl…

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Posted on Sat, 22 Apr 2006 | 8 comments

competition winner...

Well, the competition prize has been decided on… it's a 3 day safari in Uganda's premier game park, Queen Elizabeth. All you have to do is get yourself here, and then to Kiwoko and then I'll take you in the jeep to the park. Please note that meals, accomdation and drinks are not included in the prize so the winner will have to get those….

I'll be announcing the winner next week – I want to have another chance to listen to them all in-situ… all are excellent.. thanks to all…

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Posted on Fri, 14 Apr 2006 | 1 comments

my first week...

So, it's just over a week since I arrived at Kiwoko Hospital. I thought I'd take the chance and reflect upon the experience so far. I've been trying to think about the expectations that i had prior to coming – some of those definitely have been met, but yet others havent.

The welcome here has been fantastic – overwhelming at times. People here have been kind – they want you to feel welcome and feel at home. Work has been really enjoyable – I'm working with a great team here. The…

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Posted on Fri, 14 Apr 2006 | 1 comments