It is ironic. I moved to Vienna, one of the safest capitals in the world, only to find my family and myself in lockdown. Borders and schools closed, playgrounds sealed, obligatory mouth masks in the open shops, and strict restrictions for entering the work premises. Still, of course, a large part of the world is worse off.

Shortly after the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, our office made three times more interventions than it makes on ... Läs hela inlägget »

After we land in Entebbe, the yawning line of passengers fills the arrival hall. My colleague and I nervously glance around us as security personnel covered in protective masks nonchalantly put a large clique of disinfectant gel in our palms. It is the end of February and we are in Uganda in the midst of the escalating COVID-19 outbreak to organise the fourth edition of the Senior Women Talent Pipeline Induction Course.

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Ingen av oss kunde förutse coronautbrottet. Även om jag arbetar med en så kallad HEAT-kurs, (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) och utbildar i hur man förutser och skyddar sig mot risker i konfliktområden. Och även om vi i planeringen framåt också diskuterat moment som rör hur man evakuerar i samband med epidemier med snabb smittspridning. Men denna globala pandemi såg vi inte komma.

Många av våra aktiviteter och utbildningar har blivit uppskjutna på grund av coronautbrottet, men genom ... Läs hela inlägget »