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Cipla Quality Chemicals Unveil ‘One Pill A Day’ Therapy For HIV/AIDS

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To coincide with the visit of Dr YK Hamied, Chairman, Cipla Ltd. to Kampala Uganda, Cipla announced today it is launching the ‘One Pill a Day’ HIV/AIDS therapy.

 “One pill that contains a combination of several different HIV drugs is a big step forward from the cumbersome drug cocktails that used to be the only options for people living with HIV/AIDS,” explained Dr Peter Mugyenyi, the Director and Co-Founder of the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) and Independent Director on the Board of Cipla. “One pill a day, instead of three or four, simplifies treatment for people with HIV and also improves the drug’s overall effectiveness” he concluded.

While making a presentation titled “Advances in the management of HIV/AIDS; A case for ‘One pill a day’ therapy,” Dr Peter Mugyenyi, noted that one of the biggest recent advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS has been the development of a single-dose medicine.

In addition to the launch of the ‘One Pill a Day’ HIV/AIDS therapy, the company unveiled the first Hepatitis B Drug to be manufactured in Africa by Cipla Quality Chemicals which will go a long way in providing the much needed affordable healthcare to the entire continent.

Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda officially launches Cipla's One Pill a Day HIVAIDS therapy

Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda officially launches Cipla’s One Pill a Day HIVAIDS therapy

During the launch of the ‘One Pill a Day’ HIV therapy in Kampala, Dr. Yusuf K. Hamied, the Chairman of Cipla was recognized by Uganda’s President, H.E Yoweri Museveni for his efforts in curbing the HIV/AIDS scourge worldwide.

While receiving the lifetime achievement award, Dr. Hamied in his remarks said that Cipla’s underlying objective has always been to ease human suffering by offering affordable healthcare.

“One of the values that has shaped me for the future is the value of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. “Individual success does not make a person great, what really matters is that person’s contribution to society in improving the lives of his fellow men,” he noted.

He added, “As an Indian company Cipla has always believed that we should help any developing country looking to produce their own anti-retroviral drugs and we should give them the technology free. We will also be making available the drug preventing transmission of AIDS from mother-to-child.  At the end of the day, it is all about saving lives.”

Despite accounting for over 80% of the global HIV/AIDS burden, experts have noted that Africa’s share of manufacturing medicines is less than 2%.

However, African entrepreneurs are making bold steps towards changing the status quo. Cipla Quality Chemicals Limited, currently the only company in Sub-Saharan Africa authorized to manufacture triple-combination anti-retroviral drugs has emerged as a pace setter.

Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, the Executive Chairman of Cipla QCL says that the setting up of the plant has improved the availability of ARV’s and anti-malarials in Uganda, which has translated in the reduction of Malaria and HIV/AIDS related deaths in the country.

Cipla Limited has been committed to the fight against for over two decades and has developed over 15 single and combination medicines that revolutionized HIV therapy across the world.

Cipla Limited,the world’s largest manufacturer of anti-retroviral drugs operates in more than 150 countries.

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MTN Uganda reaches out to orphans in its Ramadan drive

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MTN Uganda together with Salaam TV delivered some of the donations to Oasis Orphanage in Lweza, along Entebbe Road.

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MTN Uganda together with Salaam TV delivered some of the donations to Oasis Orphanage in Lweza, along Entebbe Road. The home takes care of children that have been orphaned, abandoned in hospitals, police stations, thrown away by their parents or guardians among others. The home has been running for 10 years now and has taken care of over 500 children.

The orphanage is one of the beneficiaries of the Ramadhan food and alms donation worth 100million shillings that will be distributed to the Muslim community by MTN Uganda in partnership with Salaam TV during this fasting period.

This support underscores the long standing relationship that the telecom giant has had with the Muslim community spanning several years. This year however is a different year as the fasting season has fallen at a time when the whole world is grappling with the COVID 19 pandemic which has paralysed livelihoods of many. It gets even harder for the orphanages that depend on donations since the COVID19 pandemic has devastated many of their would-be donors.

The food items that were donated include sugar, rice, maize flour, cooking oil, beans, wheat flour and bar soap for hand washing.

The proprietors of the orphanage thanked MTN Uganda and Salaam TV for their generosity noting the orphanage operates because of generous and kind organizations like these.

While handing over the donation, Ian Mugambe the High Value Marketing Manager at MTN Uganda expressed the company’s delight upon reaching out to the children in the home.

“We are delighted to donate to a home that has taken care of abandoned children who would otherwise have nowhere to stay. We dearly appreciate your efforts and hope that our package will go a long way to help during this time”, Mugambe said.

On behalf of the area Resident District Commissioner, Sejjengo Sulaiman, the Mayor Ndejje Division, received the donation as per the guidelines of the Government of Uganda on behalf of the Orphanage.

He thanked MTN Uganda and Salaam Foundation and in turn handed over the donation as received to the orphanage.

Similar food items will be distributed to the Rafic Children’s home in Nansana and other vulnerable Muslim communities especially in the areas of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono district with the guidance of the National task force against COVID19.

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MTN customers contribute Ugx 21.9million to Red Cross to fight COVID-19

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Ugandans responded to a call by the Uganda Red Cross society and have contributed shs21.9million towards the society’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The contributions were made through a MoMoPay merchant code that MTN Uganda launched in April as one of the telecom company’s interventions in the fight against the deadly virus. Through the merchant code *165*3*191919# MTN customers are in position to make donations of any amount toward the efforts to combat COVID-19.

Robert Kwesiga, the General Secretary Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) said at the launch of the Merchant code that the donations would be used to procure and provide essential food assistance to the most vulnerable households whose livelihoods, from their informal jobs, have been adversely affected by the partial lockdown instituted in response to COVID19 pandemic in Uganda. This is to complement government efforts.

Speaking after receiving the money from MTN Uganda on behalf of Red Cross, Dr. Josephine Okwera, the Director Health and Social Services at URCS was elated that Ugandans had responded positively to the call, but said the struggle is still on and needs more generous Ugandans to come on board.

“We would really like to thank the community for responding to our call. This money will go a long way in making the lives of some people easier during this hard time. But as you are all aware, the lockdown has been extended so we call upon more Ugandans to come on board so we can rescue those that are worst hit due to the lockdown,” Okwera said.

MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager corporate affairs and Public Relations, Ms. Rhona Arinaitwe reiterated the company’s commitment to stand together with Ugandans by doing everything it can to reduce the impact that covid19 is having on their lives. She committed that, “MTN Uganda will continue to look at ways of supporting our communities and government, to ensure that together, we do everything feasible to get through this difficult time.”

Arinaitwe further noted that the merchant code *165*3*191919# will remain open to the public who wish to donate towards the fight against the COVID19 pandemic. The money collected from the merchant code henceforth will be channeled to the National COVID19 Task Force to support their efforts in alleviating the devastating effects of the pandemic.

MTN Uganda, like other organisations responded to governments call to support her efforts in the COVID19 fight. MTN zero rated mobile money sending transactions of any amount, contributed shs290million to Uganda Red Cross society to support the society’s efforts, and contributed another shs220million to National Water to deliver water to water stressed communities in and around Kampala.

The telecom company also handed over three brand new pickup trucks to the COVID 19 task force as a response to the President’s call for cars.

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I am attacking the mobile devices’ industry in Africa to begin a massive economic war in multiple sectors for Africa’s glory – Charles N Lambert

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Like President Museveni attacked Kabamba barracks to signal the end of the eruptive climate Uganda had witnessed 100 years prior, and began a 5 year bush war that ultimately led to peace and tranquillity, I am attacking the mobile devices’ industry in Africa($60 billion dollars capital flight channel) with disruptive commerce to begin a massive economic war in multiple sectors for Africa’s glory.

How long this war will last, I don’t know but seeing that hundreds of billions must be ploughed back, I have no idea but one thing I am confident of is that we will win this war and scare economic invaders from Africa for the next millennium.

Charles N Lambert

Leader, Africa’s first economic war.

BWS.

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Cash Chat upgraded, to enable users earn from the platform

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat

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Cash Chat, an online platform facilitating social and financial transactions, has been updated and upgraded with the latest high value features for better user experience.

Through the Cash Chat app, users can transfer money, advertise products & services, chat with people, upload statuses and make voice and video calls.

Asher Namanya, founder of Cash Chat in a notice to subscribers of the mobile app advised them to download the upgraded app from Google Play Store.

The latest features added on the app include posting of videos on status, posting advert videos, swiping to reply messages, seeing advert views, sending out group invites and links among other notable features.

Namanya said the new updates will allow agents to advertise on behalf of companies; also, users will earn from the adverts.

“Business is now, more than ever, going online and we want to spearhead this transition,” he said.

Interested individuals and companies can register to become Cash Chat advertising agents on their website (www.cashchatapp.com). Namanya revealed that advertising agents will receive online training on how to do business on the mobile application.

“We are going to give our advertising agents and members of the public the right skills to do business on our platform. We believe that the future of developing countries like Uganda is in investing in innovations like Cash Chat,” he added.

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