Bengt Mattson

I am now on my way to Uganda. I will visit the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala during this week.

We will look in to activities and efforts which are part of Pfizer’s philanthropic programs, e.g. - training of physicians and nurses at the Infectious Diseases Institute - the fight to eliminate trachoma in the International Trachoma Initiative, and - the efforts to ease some of the consequences of HIV/AIDS in the Diflucan Partnership Program.

But in addition to this we will also visit the homes of patients in order to experience their every-day environment and visit schools and health-care centres in villages around Uganda. These visits will probably be the experiences that have the strongest impact on us. One of my Pfizer colleagues who have visited IDI before said that it was “a life changing experience - you will just not ever again see things the way you did before the visit…"

If you are interested to see how the trip develops and take part in “the life changing experience”, follow the blog over the coming days. And as I wrote on the blog just before the weekend, I will use the English language on the blog during this week - after all, I leave for a "global assignment".

You can read a lot of information regarding our global philanthropic programs via this link. A brief introduction to the Pfizer Investments in Health platform sound like this:

At Pfizer we strive to positively impact the health of people around the world. Our philanthropy is focused on investing the full range of the company's resources — people, skills, expertise and funding — to broaden access to medicines and strengthen health care delivery for underserved people around the world. Our philanthropy platform, Pfizer Investments in Health, offers a coordinated approach to contribute to society beyond medicines:

Treat: Improving access to medicines and health care services

Teach: Expanding health care worker training and patient education on disease prevention and treatment options

Build: Strengthening the capacity of health care organizations to support prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care

Serve: Advocating and sharing best practices to improve health care for the underserved

Bengt Mattson