Day 3 of the trip saw the rest of the team, both Tim and Sarah, joining us after being involved with the MBA Games. Of course, they were both a little bit tired after their 13 hour flight from Toronto, and a 10 hour time difference, and so their grand welcome gift was that they were allowed to get some sleep. Still, the show had to go on for the rest of us.
Our day’s agenda included one meeting in the morning, and a working session in the afternoon. For our meeting, we met with Prof. Fikre Enquoselassie from the School of Public Health at Addis Ababa University. Diane took the lead on this meeting while Beatrice, Doran, Emily and Jodi-Ann supported in various capacities. Though we were all a bit nervous and apprehensive at the start, Fikre’s relaxed demeanour and soft-spoken nature put us at ease quite quickly. He was very forthcoming with information regarding the possibility of Clinical Trials in this Regional Cancer Center of Excellence (RCCE), as well as public health information specific to Ethiopia. He also graciously agreed to help us get in contact with others who would be able to provide us with even more information for our cause. All told, the meeting was a success, and gave us some confidence and experience to be applied to our many other meetings.
After our meeting, we all took a 10 minute stroll through the streets of Addis to get to MK’s, the lunch spot of the day. The food offering included a mix of Ethiopian food, Italian food, and some Western foods as well. We all enjoyed our meals.
The team is finally getting the hang of the device charging situation in Ethiopia...
A late night dinner was unable to resolve the eternal debate between Walia and St. George beer. More testing will have to be done.
Late night brought a dinner adventure for part of the team that included unordered dishes, a missing waiter, and the elusive 1 hour bill. Finally getting to pay and go to bed was worthy of a celebratory photo.