Why I founded SAIL – Saving And Improving Lives in Bhutan e. V.
My name is Gerwin Winter and I am a pharma-cist. During the last two decades, I worked in leading positions in healthcare. My last position (for the moment, of course) was Vice President & General Manager of Celgene Germany (based in Munich). I have always loved to travel and so I got to know a lot of different countries world-wide – including Bhutan. Its culture and people fascinated me from the first moment on. And this is the reason why I took a year off and founded SAIL – Saving And Improving Lives in Bhutan e. V. – in July of 2018 .
In 2018 we have already achieved a lot. We received donations of more than 80,000 euros from more than 65 different donors, enough to buy 5 palettes of amoxicillin, clarithromycin, bismuthand and pantoprazole. We sent this medication to the Bhutan Ministry of Health. I was there to make sure that every euro that was spent on this project found its way to Bhutan. On a side note, this was the first time ever that clean and high quality drugs from Europe entered Bhutan.
But this is only the beginning. There is still a lot to do. We need more funding to buy more medicine, which will help to prevent cancer, and more Urea breath tests to identify infect-ed individuals and to measure progress toward H-pylori eradication.