I am Ivan Bossa, 30 years, a Ugandan by nationality. I have over 5 years of experience working with organizations and communities in the business and nonprofit sectors with a background in Computer Science Technology.
I am passionate about art, agriculture, environment and health. I have taken art pieces for several reasons since it’s one of my passions. I have done several courses in health including the Alison Course about COVID-19, “What you need to know” and a course on Good Clinical Practice. I implemented the use of Tip tap at social Innovation Academy during my time as a scholar.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
My passion of art combined with health inspired me to join the story telling competition. I have always advised people to use tippy taps to avoid acquiring diseases such as trachoma, cholera and now COVID-19.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
I have always admired the world where people can leave free from diseases and this has made me find ways of how to achieve this. I started entrepreneurship way back and through this field I have advised and trained people in rural areas, schools, churches among others to start keeping sanitation with a tippy tap. This is one of the reasons I advocate to live in a world free of Neglected tropical diseases.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
As I have always been advocating for a world free of diseases, I will continue by training more people in different areas to construct tippy taps since it can also be used to fight against NTDs and the current COVID-19 pandemic. I also hope to learn from other youths on how they fight NTDs.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
I would request my leaders to embrace the fight against NTDs, through innovative ways such as implementing tippy taps. This can be done through young entrepreneurs who can come up with new ideas that are cost friendly and implement them in the affected areas such as rural areas and refugee camps.