Today I have learned a few things about reporting on the public healthcare system in Tanzania, at least about the paperwork around it. Since a month ago, I thought I had all authorizations needed for starting my photo project the day after landing in Dar. But once on the ground, things got more difficult (as if my vision wasn’t tricky enough as it was). My best opportunity is at the moment stuck in paperwork, meetings and discussions at various governmental institutions, and my backup seems to have disappeared.
You might wonder why I choose not to work with tons of backup contacts. That’s a question I’ve been asking myself repeatedly during the day. I know very well that things never are as easy as they might seem from a distance. Well prepared backup plans have saved me many times. I guess this time my main contact seemed so worked through and fully agreed upon.
Still it is day one, and despite today’s frustration I feel kind of positive. At least things are moving in one direction or another. I have had great help and company from the local professional Veneranda, and finished my day watching the sun set in the sea (aka known as self care tool ”watching the ocean”) at the fancy beach of town.
Some late night emailing will hopefully get things moving for tomorrow.
This photo is just waiting for something real to happen.