Tom Samson Llavuna, Kibera
I photographed Tom in his tin shack house, in the centre of Kibera, the biggest slum in Africa and home to over 2.5 million people. Tom had severe hypertension and was forced to give up work. Since getting access to the medicines he needed, at 68, Tom is now back at work as a plumber. He’s never felt better. Throughout March and April, I travelled to Nairobi, The Philippines and Ukraine, documenting the work being done by Takeda to improve access to medicine in remote places. The work they're doing is admirable, and it's an honour to be a tiny part of this story. And my part really is tiny . . .
The heroes and heroines here are the doctors and nurses on the ground working tirelessly in extremely challenging circumstances, the hard-working people behind desks raising funds and awareness, and the patients themselves who, despite facing life-threatening illnesses, were generous enough to give their time to be photographed and share their stories, in the hope that their input will hopefully help others in the future too. I just hope my photos can help further their aim. It's a project that I’m incredibly proud to be part of, and it's certainly changed my outlook on things.
To showcase the full story, the work was exhibited in Geneva at a recent medical summit.