What is a flat tyre…

I have now been back in Sweden for two days. My mind is still filled with emotions from the Uganda trip, I and am sure it will be like that for a very long time. And actually I hope it will never go back to ”normal situation”. Because, how could it. Let me exemplify with the matter that when I arrived home late on Friday night, I found my car with a flat tyre. I got very irritated and somewhat frustrated at first – but then realizing that my flat tyre problem is nothing to complain to much about compared with the challenges that the people I met in Uganda face every single day…

Homes in Kampala

Homes in Kampala

The areas we visited, where the so called friends of the Infectious Diseases Institute lived their lifes, were far from the orginized living I have back home…

Family outside their home

Family outside their home

But although they meet tough challenges, I have rarely met so energetic and happy people!

Happy faces...

Happy faces...

So, what is actually my flat tyre to worry about? Actually it is already fixed, so it is not even any longer anything to talk about… No, let’s instead focus the energy to further develop and discuss the opportunities we have to make a real difference.

Infectious Diseases Institute

Infectious Diseases Institute

Let’s get inspired by initiatives such as the Infectious Diseases Institute where we in collaboration with our partners every day help people suffering from HIV/AIDS by giving them treatment and where we build capacity through training programs for physicians and nurses.

Doctor and patient

Doctor and patient

And let’s be optimistic by the International Trachoma Initiative with the clear aim of eliminating trachoma in this world by 2020.

Receiving the medicine

Receiving the medicine

And let’s use an initiative such as the Diflucan Partnership Program as an example what the industry can committ to in order to help people in great need: Pharmaceutical donations ”as long as they are needed” to fight fungal opportunistic infections associated with AIDS.

Doctor with patient

Doctor with patient

Let me once again finish a blog post with the following words (the same ones I used this Thursday):

After the trip to Uganda I am filled with ”both fear, happiness, anxiety and great hope!” And that is something you can never get from a flat tyre…

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