My Whatsapp advent calendar

After my relatively negative experience with a mobile mental health service I had an idea of my own. Especially after a friend recently opened up about his challenges with mental health. Since it was December 1st I decided to create my own Whatsapp advent calendar*.

Using Whatsapp’s ‘broadcast list’ feature, I sent 16 friends of mine the first post. I only chose 16, because I was worried that more would be too difficult to handle.

Here are the messages I have sent so far.


December 1st:


December 2nd:


Now everyday until the 24th I will come up with a new positive post every day. My plan is for the messages to share happiness, boost confidence and reduce isolation. Giving tips and positive thoughts without being preachy!

This is an experiment. So I will see how the next few weeks go and maybe I could broaden it at a later stage! Learnings to follow!

* I assume the concept of advent calendar is pretty universally understood, but check here if you’re confused.

Global health reporting fail – tuberculosis


And I read another article covering global health that is somewhat biased (chrmm chrmm). I’m talking about Tulip Mazumdar’s article on multi-drug resistant TB :

Global resistance to TB drugs is ‘ticking time bomb’

We have the usual suspects:

-an alarmist title

-the hopeless situation of the poor (yet not to forget their wisdom)

-the non or mal-functioning government / unorganised systems (they can’t sort any situation without our help, obviously!)

and interestingly:

-“TB is very clever because it kills you very slowly. And while it’s killing you very slowly you’re walking around spreading it” – the silent killer? When will be talking about TB stigma?