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How MTN Uganda is supporting government’s efforts to combat COVID-19

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By Our Reporter

Although Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 deaths yet, more than 200 cases have been confirmed and more effort is required for Uganda to flatten her curve. And one thing remains clear; that the only way to fight the lethal disease is “Together”.

It is against this background that corporate companies have joined hands with government to collectively combat the crisis.

Since the country went into an indefinite lockdown towards the end of March, companies have continuously donated both food and cash to he help meet the needs of those who have been denied an opportunity to earn a living due to the limitations imposed by the effort to curb the spread of the lethal Coronavirus.

While these philanthropic efforts are critical, the fight against the deadly virus goes beyond overt donations. It is also about how companies are using their services, infrastructure, products, equipment, and expertise to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and help their employees, customers and the general public get through this crisis.

MTN Uganda, for instance, has contributed about sh2b to the COVID19 effort. About half of it was in hard cash, the rest is in kind, in form of media space towards the ministry of health, help to National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to provide water stands in water stressed areas of Kampala, and support to the Uganda Red Cross as well as a call center at the disposal of the health ministry.

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda, the telecom allocated media space worth shs316million to the ministry of Health to run the much needed COVID-19 communication across different media. On the same day that announcement was made, MTN removed fees for sending any amount of money using MTN Mobile Money so as to enable its customers send money to ease cashless transactions during these difficult times, at no extra cost.

To facilitate a free flow of information, MTN zero-rated the Ministry of health website to enable people get timely information without the need for data. As schools remained closed, the telecom also zero rated a number of educational websites to enable learning to continue while the school-going children are at home. Most recently, the company zero rated its university education websites, making it possible for university students in the seven major universities across the country to access their study material at “zero MBs”.

As the country started registering cases of COVID-19, MTN set up a fully equipped call center at the MTN Head offices to support the Ministry of health work force in terms of receiving calls from members of the public seeking referrals and those seeking general information about the deadly coronavirus.

To support the movement of both logistics and members of the Covid19 Task Force as it spearheads the country’s fight against the pandemic, MTN recently donated three brand new Nissan Hard Body pick-ups to the Office of the Prime Minister.

In a bid to promote hand washing and hygiene as one of the ways to prevent the spread of the fatal coronavirus, MTN provided another Shs.220million to National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to provide relief to the masses of people living in water stressed parts in and around Kampala. This is because water is especially important in the COVID19 fight as hand washing is very critical.

MTN also provided another Shs.294million to the Uganda Red Cross Society
(URCS) for surveillance, screening, psychological support in the high risk areas and border points across the country.

Additionally, the telecom provided a money collection point under its MoMoPay platform where MTN customers donated towards the URCS efforts in fighting the COVID19 pandemic. A total of 21.9 million was collected from MTN customers and was handed over to URCS. Moving forward, the money collected by MTN customers on this platform shall go to the National Covid19 Task Force to further aid in the fight against the devastating COVID19 crisis.

While it is not clear when this crisis will end, MTN Uganda remains committed to fighting the Covid19 pandemic together with the government of Uganda. MTN Uganda will continue to look at ways of supporting the government and communities, to fight Coronavirus Together.

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BIC East Africa donates Ugx 50 million worth of pens to Ministry of Education

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BIC East Africa, manufactures of BIC pens, lighters, and shavers, has donated UGX 50 million worth of pens to the Ministry of Education & Sports.

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BIC East Africa, manufactures of BIC pens, lighters, and shavers, has donated UGX 50 million worth of pens to the Ministry of Education & Sports. The donation comes in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that has left schools shut down.

Richard Mugenyi, the Bic Country Manager said the donation is aimed at boosting the government’s efforts in providing study material to students as they continue to stay grounded at home.

“We are making a donation of 100,000 BIC Pens to the Ministry of Education & Sport to help in the government program of providing study material during this lockdown. Our total contribution is equivalent to Ugx 50,000,000/=.” Said Richard Mugenyi while handing over the donation.

The donation which was handed over to Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday is in response to the President’s call to the private sector for support to government’s Coronavirus relief efforts.

The COVID-19 National Task force has so far received contributions in excess of Ugx 21 billon from individuals, corporate companies and well wishers.

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MTN Uganda offers University Students free access to their universities online learning platforms.

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Students do not need MBS to be able to access the sites as they are free of charge

The gesture is part of the initiatives that MTN Uganda has put in place during the lockdown to make the lives of her communities a bit easier. 

MTN Uganda has zero rated a number of Universities online learning platforms allowing students and lecturers free access to study at home during this period of the COVID 19 lockdown.

This means that no data charges will apply to these educational websites as students and lecturers will be able to utilise them to continue with learning and teaching from home. 

Like all other education institutions, the universities officially closed on March 20 after a directive from President Yoweri Museveni that all places of mass concentration suspend their operations to prevent the spread of Covid19. 

Below is a list of the learning platforms that have been zero rated.

Makerere Universitymuele.mak.ac.ug      196.43.133.73
admissions.mak.ac.ug   154.72.194.148
aims.mak.ac.ug    154.72.194.149
student.mak.ac.ug   154.72.194.150
payments.mak.ac.ug   137.63.246.6
webconf.mak.ac.ug   196.43.185.46
Uganda Christian Universityhttps://moodle.ucu.ac.ug/
https://alpha.ucu.ac.ug/
https://elearning.ucu.ac.ug/
Uganda Martyrs Universityhttps://elearning.umu.ac.ug/
International University of East Africahttps://elearning.iuea.ac.ug/
Gulu Universityhttps://elearning.gu.ac.ug/
Mbarara universityhttps://smartlearning.must.edu.eg/
Kyambogo universityhttps://kelms.kyu.ac.ug/

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has lauded telecommunications giant for this gesture saying it will go a long way in enabling students catch up on lost study time as they will now have access to the study materials at no cost.

 “Our negotiations with MTN Uganda yielded a lot of fruit as the telecom company has accepted to zero rate six of our online learning platforms. We applaud them for this. I now urge our students and lectures to take advantage of this opportunity,” he said. 

At the onset of the lockdown, MTN Uganda also zero rated a number of e-learning platforms targeting the primary and secondary students, a move which several parents lauded as it enabled them to continue their children’s learning at home.

The other websites that MTN Uganda zero rated targeting pupils and high school students include:


www.classroommagazines.scholastic.com  
www.coolmath4kids.com
www.allinonehomeschool.comwww.mathgametime.com
www.starfall.comwww.uniteforliteracy.com
www.abcya.comwww.literactive.com
www.funbrain.comwww.sciencekids.co.nz
www.splashlearn.comwww.switchzoo.com
www.storylineonline.netwww.turtlediary.com
www.highlightkids.comwww.e-learningforkids.org
www.pbskids.org

MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer Sen Somdev said the telecom company is committed to standing together with Ugandans by doing everything it can to reduce the impact that the lockdown is having on their lives.  

“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,” Somdev said.

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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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Brig. Mugyenyi donates brand new Pickup to National COVID-19 Task Force

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Brig. Gen John Mugyenyi has donated a brand new 4x4 Isuzu pickup truck to the COVID-19 National Task Force to boost their efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

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During one of his recent National Addresses on COVID-19, President Museveni urged all companies and individuals who can, to donate brand new 4×4 vehicles to the COVID-19 Task Force to help in the fight against the pandemic.

Brig. Gen John Mugyenyi, a retired senior Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officer, has heeded the call and on Monday donated a brand new 4×4 Isuzu pickup truck to the COVID-19 National Task Force to boost their efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

The multipurpose vehicle was handed over by his beloved wife Mrs Hope Mugyenyi to the Minister for General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, who is also an appointee by President Yoweri Museveni to oversee the fundraising efforts and to monitor funds donated to the COVID-19 Task Force.

While handing over the vehicle, Mrs. Mugyenyi said that; “Brigadier General Mugyenyi has donated a Double-Cabin pick truck to the National Response Fund following President Museveni’s appeal to individuals and companies to donate towards the fight of COVID-19. He is happy to support the President and the government initiative in the fight against COVID-19.”

Commending Brig. Gen. Mugyenyi for the generous gesture, Hon. Karooro said that; “We appreciate all this generosity and contribution by Brig-Gen John Mugyenyi that will aid the COVID-19 National Task force in providing medical teams countrywide with a means of transport that improves their effort to fight the pandemic.”


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