I felt like I went back in time; Different country, same images. I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk with families and patients when they were waiting in line. I enjoyed talking and reminiscing about my nursing time with Sheila Tumuhairkie, a nursing student in charge of taking the blood pressure in Fort Portal. I was ecstatic when she asked if I wanted to help. Oh how I had been secretly wishing for this! We had a long line before us and only one person to do the job, but now with two, we divided the job to finish the task: she would ask the patients for their personal information in their native language and write it down in the log and I would take the blood pressure of each patient and give the numbers to Sheila to write. I was pleasantly surprised when some of the patients spoke English and as soon I started to put the cuffs in their arms I would say “thank you for coming today” and ask if they have had any health concerns. I received many smiles and even more stories.
|Sheila Tumuhairkie and I at blood pressure station|
|Photo credit: Stephanie Geddes|
I always have been a huge advocate for education, diversity and inclusion for minority groups, a sympathizer for those in poverty or with health issues, and a woman of action in addressing the needs of others. I can’t help but look back on the days I spent in Uganda with such feelings of warmth. The Ugandan people’s courage and resilience and the children’s smiles and gratitude taught me greatly of the human triumphant and the power of kindness; a little charity can yield such progress and beneficence. Shot@life and UNICEF are raising awareness and increasing the resources available to people everywhere in order to help immunize children in Uganda and other developing countries, to fight against vaccines preventable diseases (measles, polio, pneumonia and rotavirus). They are the causes I believe most in and pride myself in saying I am a part of.
Shot@life resonates with me and should resonate with everybody; especially, for those who care about human life. I have been supporting, advocating and championing United Nation Foundation Shot@life vaccination campaign because I believe in their mission and goals and have firsthand the vaccines saves lives.
|Baby Taqia with me and Mom, Nakyanzy Saidah|
- $5.00 Protect a child from polio and measles for his lifetime.
- $15.00 Pay for vaccines to protect a child from the two most deadly diseases – pneumonia and diarrhea.
- $20.00 Give a child a lifetime of immunity to protect her from pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and measles.
Every year 8 million children under five years of years die from common diseases. Together we can change the statistics and make sure no more children die every 20 seconds!