Uganda is located in East-Central Africa, west of Kenya and east of The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7 percent of the population living on less than $1.25 a day.
Whenever I visit a new country, I am always struck by the initial feelings of excitement quickly leading to a strong desire to learn more about the culture. Having visited over 25 countries, one would think that these feelings no longer exist, but the complete opposite is true.
When Nell Diallo, VP of Corporate and International Relations, and I landed in Uganda (by way of Amsterdam & Rwanda) tired from such a long journey, we were immediately invigorated by the sights and sounds of this vibrant African nation. Uganda, considered the Pearl of Africa, like many other African countries, presents a study in contrast having great people, natural resources, and potential, but lacking some of the basic items required to improve the overall quality of life.
Now that we have been here 3 days, it is not surprising to us why The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) selected Uganda to host its 21st annual board of trustees meeting and community affairs forum. We have been welcomed and embraced by all we have encountered.
TCCAF invited MedShare along with 10 other partners to participate in this event. This collective group is focused on driving improvement in 5 strategic areas – Water, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Healthcare Delivery, and Youth Development. As part of the Healthcare Delivery platform, MedShare along with CitiHope was able to provide an update to the board on the progress and accomplishments of the ShareHope project, which aims to help improve the overall health systems of 5 identified African countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi & Morocco) by consistently delivering medical supplies, equipment and medications over a 3 year period. The board was very pleased with the progress and open to more opportunities for shipments outside of ShareHope.
The presentations and engagement from the other partners have been equally impactful and insightful. We are looking forward to the next 2 days to dialogue with the other partners and identify potential areas to collaborate. I am also hopeful that we will find time to explore the vibrant capital city of Kampala, learn more about the people and visit potential hospitals that could benefit from our supplies and equipment.
We are sincerely thankful to TCCAF for making this opportunity possible, and continuing to focus on the critical needs of Africa.
Chief Operating Officer, MedShare