As our partnership with WFP emerged, new partnership, related to logistical challenges where created. Tell us your views on North Star Alliance. How do you experience TNT's involvement in this partnership?
The North Star Roadshow is just back from a very successful visit to the World Food Programme Headquarters in Rome. Close to 150 WFP staff visited the Road Show, including WFP's new Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin. She showed a great deal of enthusiasm for North Star. Thanks to the visitors and to everyone involved for their interest and support!
On the photo's you see the truck in front of the WFP Headquarters and North Star's Executive Director, Luke Disney, and our superb Dutch driver, Willem van Gorkum, relaxing in between visits.
North Star Alliance Director, Paul Matthew, has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum on Africa.
Saturday the 17th of September was a very special day for North Star, all teams have been mobilized during the last months to prepare the roll out of the new Comets (Corridor Medical Transfer System) version.
Thanks to the great work and implication of the teams, it has been a real success today.
All the centers located in 8 different countries are now working with this new version of Comets which contains enhancements about referral clinics management, inventory stock management and new reporting functionality …
North Star Alliance is offering healthcare services to mobile populations, especially truck drivers and their direct and indirect contacts.
To reach those mobile populations, North Star is opening clinics called "Roadside Wellness Centres" (RWCs) located at hotspots along the most important transport corridors in sub- saharan Africa.
North Star has developped in partnership with ORTEC an IT system (COMETS) that extends the continuum of care, collects essential data and reinforces quality insurance.
What am I here for.
West Africa is struggling with a rapidly increasing number of HIV/Aids patient and the international community has decided to put a lot of effort in this Afica wide problem.
Expecialy mobile populations like truckdrivers are highly vulnerable to HIV. Those people are only paid for the time they drive. When the are sick, as they are not paid for that time spent, they do not go to a hospital and take their sickness, often infections, through the different countries where they travel. Therfore they are the most powerfull vector for the spread of HIV/AIDS
I’m Gerard Steehouder, 50 years of age, and working for TNT Express Benelux as a Technical Project Leader within the ICS department in Houten, running diverse IT-related projects.
Implementing and training people to using new software, hardware, etc. I also frequently facilitate departmental movements and reconstruction work, all in the “IT” work field.
Writing this entry, I've visited and trained the clincians of Dar es Salaam and Tunduma in Tanzania and the last location of my program, Mlolongo in Kenya.
I was almost one week behind in updating my blog due to internet connectivity and the lack of time due to the tight schedule, but I was able to train all three clinician and get all software installed and working.
Dar es Salaam is located just outside the city, in the industrial area, many local community members visit this centre, but that goes for almost every centre.
Centre's Malaba and Katuna, both in Uganda are ready to start working with Comets now.
I'm one week behind on my blog, but that's because of not having power in the free time I had left at the end of my days, or even no internet connection....it seems to be common in all these countries.
I've finished training the clinicians in both centre's and had to do some more work via remote connection cause almost everyday there are these outages, which we don't control.