Children are beautiful no matter what country you visit, and Uganda is no exception. Pfizer Inc, which donates the Zithromax® that is distributed to treat and prevent blinding trachoma, organized a visit to Uganda for more than a dozen journalists from Europe and Africa. The group spent three days visiting villages, hospitals, clinics and homes where Pfizer's work has an impact.
On the second day of our visit, trachoma was the focus as the journalists and Pfizer executives split up to go to two schools that were going to give all the children Zithromax®. I went with a group to Nakigo Primary School in Iganga, which serves 800 children. The headmistress, Rose Byogero, warmly welcomed us and invited us to enjoy a program of songs, skits and dances about trachoma, and how to avoid getting it. The school children, dressed in bright pink uniforms, performed with enthusiasm then lined up to get their dose of Zithromax®. Afterward, many jockeyed for position to have their photograph made.
Go to our multimedia page to see the school children dance and sing a song about trachoma.