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From May 2014 until June 2015 I lived in Kampala, Uganda. I worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a public health NGO. I was responsible for procurement, distribution and logistics of antiretrovirals, essential medicines and diagnostic material. Here you can find the posts from the blog I kept during that period.

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A girl has got to eat

As some of you might know, I like food. I like cooking, eating, hell even doing groceries. More than one person has commented on the fact that I always seem…
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‘Cause this is Africa

Getting the facts straight According to Wikipedia, Africa is the second-most largest and second-most populous continent. With 1.1 billion people, it holds about 15% of the world’s human population. There…
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Saving lives, one pill at a time

In my first week working for CHAI I attended the annual conference bringing together all CHAI Access teams. We watched a documentary on tuberculosis (TB), following three patients. Besides the…
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Are we together?

You were lost… ‘You were lost, long time, welcome back’. Ugandans have multiple ways of greeting you after you have been away for sometimes not more than a day. After…
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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I pass the Dutch embassy every Monday when driving home from my weekly meeting at the Central Public Health Lab. Whenever I go out for a run, I run past…
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Danger, danger: Ebola

Last week I went on holiday in my own country. While enjoying the ever wonderful company of my friends and family I realised that living in the Netherlands is most…
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Ain’t no mountain high enough

Kampala occupies a series of hills at an elevation of about 1,190 metres. This is quite a change from the Netherlands, where 26% of its area is located below sea…
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Let’s talk transport

Purchasing a new best friend  In 2013, 419.577 new cars were registered in the Netherlands, of which 6,86% were Toyotas. In the same year in Uganda, 2.465 new vehicles were…
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Same same, but different

I write this, sitting out on the patio of my (temporary) apartment, enjoying the comfortable Kampala climate (not too hot, never too cold, perfect combination of the warming sun and…
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Expectations

Spending one year living and working in Kampala, Uganda. When I first started thinking about this in February, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. To be honest, I…