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Procter & Gamble Marks 12 years of Sharing Clean Drinking Water.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is committed to leveraging a tiny packet in a big way for the one billion people who still live without clean drinking water. Today, P&G announced that its non-profit initiative, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW), has provided its 12 billion litre of clean drinking water as part of P&G’s commitment to help address the global water crisis.

This key milestone was celebrated in Kampala, where CSDW was also marking its 12th year of providing clean drinking water to needy communities around Uganda. Since its inception in 2004, CSDW has worked with a global network of more than 150 advocacy and implementation partners by providing clean drinking water during emergencies and in sustained community programs.

Procter & Gamble’s CSDW Program’s Director, Ms Allison Tummon Kamphuis said CSDW Program was initiated to address the global crisis of lack of access to clean drinking water using a simple technology that is the P&G Purifier of Water.

Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan K Ssozi, Procter &Gamble CSDW Program Director, Ms Allison Tummon take water with the beneficaries during the P&G celebrati

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact these packets can have when they are made available to people who need them,” said Ms Tummon. “The ability for people to make their own clean drinking water helps families avoid waterborne diseases, keeps children healthy so they can stay in school and helps entire communities.”

“Through a powder technology that kills deadly viruses and bacteria, removes dirt, parasites and other pollutants, contaminated water is made clean and drinkable for thousands of families across the country. Since 2004, P&G Purifier of Water Packets have been shared in more than 85 countries and the program has grown thanks to a worldwide network of NGO and government partners,” she added.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme in Uganda is one of the larger P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water initiatives worldwide.  Working with PSI’s local affiliate PACE Uganda, ChildFund, Alive Medical Services, Save the Children, MSH, FXB, Action Against Hunger and others, P&G has helped purify more than 400 million litres of dirty water since 2005. P&G works with both local and international partners to provide clean water to families in rural areas, people affected by cholera outbreaks and floods as well as to people living with HIV-AIDS.

P&G’s commitment to Uganda continues and specifically, this year, the company will invest more than 1.6 billion UG shillings to provide nearly 60 million liters of clean drinking water to more than 75,000 people in Uganda.

In Uganda, 35% of people do not have access to safe drinking water. This not only affects their health, but also their education and economic opportunities – thus perpetuating a seemingly inescapable cycle of poverty.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Water and Environmental Sector, Engineer Disan K Ssozi commended Procter and Gamble for their continuous efforts to improve the lives of thousands of Ugandans.

“The impact of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme cannot be over-emphasized because lack of access to clean water has detrimental effects on families and communities. Providing a way for these communities to access to safe water helps them lead healthier, productive lives which in turn lead to better socio-economic standing.”

“The Ministry of Water and Environment has registered great success in improving access to safe water across the nation. And with partners such as Procter and Gamble coming in to supplement these efforts, I firmly believe that we will soon be able to fulfil our vision of providing clean and accessible water to every Ugandan,” he concluded.

Coca-Cola, Medshare Donate Medical Equipment worth Shs 1.4 Billion to Kamuli Hospital.

Over the weekend, Coca-Cola Beverage Africa (CCBA) in partnership with Medshare International, delivered vital medical supplies worth 1.4 Billion UGX ($ 417,093) to Kamuli Hospital, as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Speaker of Parliament to deliver medical equipment to hospitals in Kamuli, Kakuuto and Kalangala.

With a focus on maternal health and infant care, CCBA delivered machines such as fetal scanners, infant warmers, delivery beds, an electrical surgery unit, an anesthetic unit, an oxygen concentrator, lab equipment, wheel chairs and many others. They also renovated the maternity and pediatric wards of the hospital.

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Speaking at the handover ceremony in Kamuli, the CCBA Uganda HR Director Martha Munnu Omer (Mrs.) said, “We know that our business can only be as strong as the communities we serve, and we’re honored that we could use our expertise to improve the distribution of medicine and medical supplies.  This project has been a great and growing success so far, and we look forward to working with our partners to improve lives across more communities in Uganda, and Africa at large,” she said, adding that CCBA is privileged to be able to help more people enjoy better access to life-sustaining and life-enhancing medical facilities.

This Public-Private partnership, applies Coca-Cola’s logistic, supply chain, distribution and marketing expertise to help the Ugandan government maximize the ability to get critical medical supplies to remote communities in Uganda.

Hon. Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Health applauded CCBA for the initiative and called upon the district leaders to ensure that this equipment is put to good use.

“This donation of medical equipment is an excellent example of partners coming together to develop an innovative solution that provides access to critical medicines and medical supplies in remote Ugandan communities,” she said.

Commenting about this initiative, Nell Diallo, the Vice President – Corporate & International Relations at Medshare International said “….as a global community, we have set ambitious goals of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and creating an AIDS-free generation.”

The Guest of Honor – Ms. Rebecca Kadaga, the Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, who made the request to Coca-Cola in 2014 commended CCBA for following through with their promise.

“The private sector has a vital role to play in the development of our country. When we come together, we can develop our communities a sector at a time. Today, the health sector in Kamuli has received hi-tech medical equipment, thanks to Medshare who donated this equipment and CCBA who covered the costs and handled all the logistics,” she said.

“By harnessing the power of this coalition to get life-saving medicines to the people that need them most, we can help to bend the curve and accelerate reductions in child and maternal deaths,” she concluded

Uganda Insurers Association to launch Consumer Awareness Campaign.

Uganda, Kampala. The umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), announced that it will launch a yearlong consumer awareness campaign this month.

The camMs. Miriam Magala-CEO, Uganda Insurers Associationpaign will primarily focus on the basic principles of insurance, the available products, the claims (compensation) process and who to speak to if a policyholder is dissatisfied with the services of an insurer.

“To start with, we will focus on four main product areas- Motor, Agriculture , Life and Workers Compensation Insurance as these are the most relatable products on the market, but very few people understand these products and the benefits, ” said Ms. Miriam Magala, Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Insurers Association.

“Our surveys have established that the word”insurance” still carries a negative connotation.  When people hear the word insurance, they generally associate this with an accident, disaster, or catastrophe- yet that isn’t what insurance is about. The public is also skeptic as to payment of claims by insurance companies. The campaign is accordingly targeted at creating an understanding of what insurance is and how insurers can be of service to the public. Our intention is to engage and start the conversation on how insurance can offer protection to an individual, his or her family or to a business and how the claims process works, “said Mr. Deepak Pandey, Chairman, UIA at their offices in Kololo.

“The information generated throughout the campaign will be simplified, highly visible, and in different languages across various platforms,” added Ms. Miriam Magala, Chief Executive Officer, UIA.

Uganda Insurers Association currently has a membership of 8 Life insurance companies,21 General insurance companies and 1 Reinsurance company. The Life and General insurance companies have an extensive country wide branch network.

APECOS benefits from Airtel Rwanda’s ‘14 days of love’ campaign.

APECOS (Association de Prise en charge des Orphelins du SIDA) are the latest beneficiaries of the ongoing Airtel Rwanda 14 Days of Love campaign.

Located in Niboye cell, Niboye sector, Kicukiro District, APECOS is an association that supports children and women affected by HIV/AIDS. The association sponsors 52 children with school materials, school fees and uniforms. Additionally, it also supports 36 mothers with income generating activities.

Airtel Rwanda staff with some of the beneficiaries of APECOS

Speaking to Madam Adrienne Muhimpundu, the coordinator of the APECOS, she said; “We are so delighted for having been able to get support from Airtel. The children and mothers will surely benefit further from the support Airtel has given us today.”

The 14 days of love campaign was launched by Airtel Rwanda to reach out to individuals, organizations and communities that help in ensuring the wellbeing of Rwandans. Through its 14 days of love campaign, Airtel is donating needed materials and resources to these individuals and organizations so as they can be able to boost their activities.

Airtel Uganda Touches Lives through Community Health Fair.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Airtel Uganda held a community health fair at Kakomo Primary School located in Kitumba sub county, Kabale.

In partnership with Hind’s Feet Program, Airtel Uganda invited residents of kitumba sub county and surrounding areas to attend the free health fair which started very early in the morning and went on until sunrise.

Airtel staff member Donates blood

The medical services offered included; Hepatitis B screening and shots, Dental, eye checkups and general medicine, Screening for HIV, diabetes, ulcers, blood pressure, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis B, Screening and tests for malaria and cervical cancer, blood donation , Nutritional consultations, Consultations on disease prevention and management, Onsite treatment for common illnesses and donating towels, clothes, washing soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes to mothers and expectant ladies.

Hind's feet project volunter attends to sick reidents during the Health fair in kabale sponsored by Airtel Uganda

Speaking during the community health fair, Airtel Uganda Public Relations Manager, Mr.  Sandor Walusimbi said; “Airtel Uganda is proud to be associated with the communities that it serves. It is gratifying to see over 2,000 people come in to get access to free medical checkup treatment, counseling and referrals.”

Airtel Uganda staff members pose for a group photo with Hind's feet project volunters during the Health fair in Kabale

“Working closely with our partners, we will continue to reach out to other communities in Uganda,” he added.

This is not the first time that the telecommunications’ company is holding a community outreach program in Uganda. Last year, Airtel Uganda held similar programs in Arua, Bugiri and other districts around the country.

Airtel Uganda Hands Over Essential Equipment And Car To Mary Kabiito.

Airtel Uganda through its ‘Together We Can’ initiative, has today fulfilled the promise to provide support to Mary Kabiito who takes care of children with special needs in Kakunyu village, Masaka district.

Some of the equipment that was handed over to Mary Kabiito. On the right is one of her sons.

Mary Kabiito, a mother of seven children – four of them having physical and mental disabilities- was featured on Airtel’s ‘Together We Can’ TV series and was applauded for quitting her job to take care of children with special needs. She has been taking care of these children since 2005 and is currently taking care of close to 40 children at her home and another 190 pupils in a school that she opened up in her community.

Airtel Uganda MD handing over the car to Mary Kabiito alongside her husband and son.

“Taking care of these children has been a challenge because we face difficulties such as lack of mobility equipment for the disabled children, lack of electricity, food shortages, insecurity, pneumonia outbreaks due to inadequate beddings, epilepsy and many other problems,” explains Mary.

AIrtel Uganda MD Tom Gutjahr hands over the car keys to Mary Kabiito

Airtel Uganda, through its ‘Together We Can’ initiative along with its staff members offered to assist Mary and have been able to refurbish Mary Kabiito’s home as well as donate a range of things including beddings (mattresses, blankets and bed sheets), wheel chairs, clutches for the disabled children, a solar system to help with the problem of electricity and a car to solve the very urgent transportation problem.

Speaking at the handover of the equipment, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. Tom Gutjahr said, “Through our Together We Can initiative, we have been able to change some of the lives of the people in the communities we operate in. We believe that the wellbeing of these children starts with us. I would like to recognize and applaud the works and efforts of Mary Kabiito in trying to help the children.”

Mary Kabiito singing and dancing during the ceremony

“There are many Ugandans doing so much to positively change the lives of other people mainly our young generation and Airtel Uganda is out to find them and grant them one wish that will change their lives and enable them to continue helping others,” he added.

This is not the first time Airtel Uganda is reaching out to an individual who is working hard to better the community. Last year, Airtel Uganda, under the ‘Together We Can’ initiative visited an elderly lady named Jjajja Flora and handed her a newly built and furnished house located in Kiira town in Kampala district.

Together We Can is a 52-part TV show that explores a range of issues currently facing many Ugandans, including poverty, health, education and selfless service. Each story that is being showcased on the series ends with the ultimate celebration of these Ugandan heroes when Airtel awards them with prizes that enable them to fulfill their dreams of helping others.

Airtel Rwanda donates smartphones to the ‘One Smartphone per Village’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

Airtel Rwanda, once again reached out to the Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa Inc. to offer support as they launched an initiative that will see BCIEA Inc. raise more awareness about Breast Cancer in Rwanda.

At a dinner held at Hotel Lemigo, BCIEA Inc., launched the ‘One Smartphone per Village’ campaign that is aimed at giving BCIEA Inc. ambassadors smartphones to help raise breast cancer awareness by reaching out to people in villages.

At the event, Airtel Rwanda donated fifteen smartphones to the cause. BCIEA Inc. is conducting a smartphone-raising drive to get new and already used smartphones from people and companies and use these smartphones to ease communication about Breast Cancer.

In 2012, there were 1.7 million new breast cancer cases diagnosed worldwide -World Cancer Research fund International. In Africa, survival after diagnosis is harder than in the developed world. According to a research carried out by the American Cancer Society in 2011, survival rate is as low as 50% in some African countries with most breast cancer patients having limited access to timely standard treatment, further diminishing their survival chance.

Speaking at the dinner, Airtel Rwanda Head of CSR & Corporate Communications, Denise Umunyana, applauded the efforts of Ms. Philippa Kibugu-Decuir and BCIEA Inc. She said; “With our collective efforts, we believe we can increase awareness about Breast Cancer in the country. It is through such innovations like the one smartphone per village that we shall be able to reach out to as many people as possible.”

The Director of the Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa, Ms. Philippa Kibugu-Decuir said; “We can only be able to achieve more if we use what we have to get where we want to be. We can be able to fight Breast Cancer through the one smartphone per village campaign. With your support and proper funding, we can achieve a lot.”

BCIEA Inc. plans to start with 250 of Rwanda’s 14,847 total villages. And later expand with increase in funding and support.

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