Friday, October 2, 2009

Murphy's Law comes right

You know Murphy’s Law- if anything can go wrong, it will.

The first day of the conference to a certain extent felt like the epitome of this. Delegates were in long winding queues as they waited their turn (and not so patiently sometimes) to sort their registration details. I wonder why they had not come the previous day as we had agreed! I had been assigned to the operations team, and registration at this rate was becoming one of the major operations, so in I dove to help "save the day!" After about an hour and a half, we finally managed to get everyone sorted, and I got into the plenary just in time for the key note address.

Laurent Mbanda of Compassion International was brilliant in his address; he touched on the major isues that surround family based care and his perspective was very fresh. It set the floor for the plenary sessions that discuss the overview of the FBC and the legislative and policy frameworks that are around this issue. Prof Jaap Doek was keen to point out that legislation preceeds policy... whoever said that you learn something new everyday was so right!

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