"I find it very comforting to know that this experience, we have had in Africa, has been so good and so well appreciated by all members of the mission. The truth is that my vision now, and over the years and the NED experiences with Africa, is quite different from the initial one. I feel "hooked" on Africa and NED. The truth is that I have not forgotten the time, that September 2, 2008, when Dr. Jose Piquer proposed me to travel to Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam for the first time, where I started my path with NED. I will never be quite grateful enough to Jose for giving me this opportunity and to continue maintaining the confidence in me to the various missions that take place and I have been part of. However, outside the astonishment of the "first time" a bond is being created that binds me to all those who work there with us to improve the health and lives of our friends and compatriots.
I have to confess this bond I have established this bond with Africa has made my family and especially my kids, also feel connected, but in distance, to the African people, to know and value what we have, and that we often do not appreciate and even splurged, and that is what they (and other people) lack even limits that, before, I or we seemed unexpected.
Besides what Africa has given me on a personal and family level, this experience has been special. It was a very hard mission for all of us, both professionally and personally, but always comforting. On a professional level, if we make an overall assessment of it, for results obtained, even in those specific particularly complex cases which required a real team effort. On a personal level, I have to thank you all, the acceptance and the desire to be there and work, the good times, forgetfulness and forgiveness of tense moments, laughter and ... unconditional support.
I also hope to repeat, and repeat, and repeat ... while I join forces and I would not hesitate to agree with you all again … It has been a pleasure!”