Alison works at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust research programme based at Kilifi, Kenya.
She is a doctor, researching prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children. Her research is community based, working with young mothers to improve infant feeding. Alison also co-ordinates a work-based bible study group and serves on the development committee of St Thomas’ Church. She chairs the management board of Upendo Orphans’ Support Project, a Methodist project assisting 62 orphans to stay at home with their extended families.
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It started well: Kenya received over a million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India via the Covax arrangement. In mid-March, our local hospital set up tents in the carpark to vaccinate the priority groups of healthworkers, teachers, security personnel and the elderly (58 years and over). Then India suffered a huge outbreak and vaccine export stopped.
In May it looked like the vaccines were about to run out so I went early (nine weeks on) to get my second dose. By June I was thinking about asking my cleaner to come back from paid leave so I wouldn’t have to do the cleaning jobs I dislike the most, like climbing a ladder to clean the louvre windows and mopping the floors.
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