This is a view from the window of a little hotel where myself and a few other colleagues are holding a workshop, and coming up with a draft for a pharmaceutical sector strategic plan for the next 5 or so years. Yawn inducing, I know, especially since it’s Saturday.
Attention spans are waning as you can see. I really don’t blame us. Yapping for hours on end about objectives, strategies and key performance indicators can have that effect. We take a tea/coffee break when this happens. Then we just keep going for seconds until the hotel staff relieve us by clearing the snack table, which is not pictured here for obvious reasons. We don’t want to look like a bunch of people that meet up to eat tons of food while pretending to get a little work done, um, just in case this obvious reason is not so obvious to you.
This work is a continuation of last weekend’s work, Friday to Sunday. Why weekends? Because it’s the time we set aside to do work that’s not really our day job. It’s work that needs doing, and we are members of the Pharmaceutical Society, so the onus falls upon us. The more interested members among us, that is. You may call it voluntary work.
A little background: pharmacy is not that well-developed in Uganda, so we set times as members of various committees on the afore-mentioned society , meet, decide what needs doing and improving, map a way forward, formulate regulations and bye-laws, compile our recommendations and send them to/meet policy makers. I like thinking of it as being a part of history-making, in some small way. A change-maker. Yeah, grandiose, that’s me.
This rooster keeps crowing. It’s nice background music to our work, I prefer it to the hum of the projector.
This whole view reminds me a lot of growing up, and the fun neighbourhoods. It’s every where, really, except the more upper class neighbourhoods of course. This is what a lower mid-level income neighbourhood will sometimes look like – small to larger gardens here and there, with banana plants like you see here.
An aside: To the extreme right of ‘the view’ is this incomplete house in the picture below. This is rather common. People start a construction (of a home, usually) and rise up to this level, then find themselves unable to proceed since roofing is the most costly part of the venture. The rains come and the brick work starts washing away. To resume work, this owner will need to demolish the first two or three rows of brick work, then replace them. A better option still, is to use bricks made out of clay. They are stronger, don’t erode as easily. These here are made out of ordinary dirt.
That’s what’s going down. How is your Saturday? What does it look like from your corner of the globe?