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MTN Foundation, UMC Victoria Hospital partner to offer free corrective surgery to children

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The MTN Foundation has inked a one-year partnership worth Ugx 184 million with UMC Victoria Hospital that will see the Bukoto based health facility provide free corrective surgery for over 80 children with special needs and/or disabilities in a bid to improve their quality of life.

Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, the MTN Uganda Ag. CEO, Gordian Kyomukama reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment towards improving the livelihood of youth by enabling those who have had an unfortunate start to life.

“Removing the physical obstacles to the youngsters’ growth and development through corrective surgery will enable them to compete favourably and achieve their full potential in life within their respective communities. These are the success stories that we as a brand take pride in,” he said.

“In addition to the partnerships that we have forged with the Ministry of Health and over 15 health centres refurbished and re-equipped countrywide under our Access to Health Initiative (AHI), today we reiterate our desire to contribute to the wellbeing of our customers and Ugandans at large. It is commonly said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. We are pleased to play our part in this process as the MTN Foundation.” He added.

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UMC Victoria Hospital, Dr. Anurag Shah lauded the MTN foundation for coming to the rescue of the disadvantaged children.

“The lives of the children will be changed for the better, forever – thanks to this partnership. UMC Victoria Hospitals bring world class medical care, expertise, professionalism and requisite equipment and facilities to the service of Ugandans in need. It will be our absolute pleasure to transform the lives of the beneficiaries by enabling them to regain their mobility among other advantages. We are delighted to partner with MTN Foundation to help them realise their dreams,” said Dr. Shah.

UMC Victoria Hospital is an integrated healthcare delivery provider providing high quality medical and nursing services across a wide range of specialties. Bench-marked to international quality standards, having state-of-art laboratory and radiology diagnostic services, modular operating theatres, in-house pharmacy, the hospital is well equipped to provide convenient, patient focused, quality centric efficient services.

The one-year partnership between the MTN Foundation and UMC Victoria Hospital is supported under the key focus areas for the Foundation which is health. It will also see UMC Hospital engage MTN staff in its community outreaches and medical camps countrywide in weeks ahead and a visit to the hospital located in Bukoto, on the outskirts of the city.

The Foundation recently inked a similar partnership with Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for People with Disability in Uganda (CoRSU), a local NGO and hospital located in Kisubi to provide corrective surgery to eighty youth and children selected from all over Uganda specifically areas affected by conflict.

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI). The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in Education, Health and other National Priorities.

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Coca-Cola hands over Ramadan goodies to Muslim Community

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Beverages giant Coca-Cola has handed over essential items to the House of Zakaat organisation in a bid to recognize and celebrate the Holy month of Ramadhan with the Ugandan Muslim community.

House of Zakaat is a charity organization that collects zakat (alms) and distributes them to the people in need.

In partnership with SWT rice and Crystal oil, Coca-Cola handed over 250 cartons of soda and mineral water, 100 packs of rice and 240 bottles of cooking oil at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Namanve.

Commenting about this initiative, Mr. Ivan Oboth congratulated the Ugandan Muslim Community upon reaching another Holy Month of Ramadhan.

“As a brand that unites Ugandans across different religions, cultures and socio-economic divides, we are proud to support the Muslim community with items that will assist them in preparing their Iftar meals. Apart from producing these products, it is our responsibility to ensure that they are closer to our consumers especially during the important occasions in their lives. We realize that during this season, muslims spend time together worshipping and sharing food and we are proud to add our package to this celebration,” he commented.

Deputy Supreme Mufti and CEO House of Zakaat Shiek Mahmood Kibaate thanked Coca-Cola for having the spirit of sharing, especially during this holy month.

“At this time in Ramadhan is when we need to reach out to the underprivileged the most. I thank Coca-Cola for entrusting us with the responsibility of distributing these items to the communities. We ask the Almighty Allah to reward Coca-Cola abundantly and request them to continue with this program,” he noted.

Last year, Coca-Cola visited over 100 mosques countrywide offering them foodstuffs and soft drinks to assist in breaking their fast.

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URA partners with Airtel Uganda to ease tax payments

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URA Commissioner General Doris Akol shakes hands with Airtel CCO Amit Kapur to seal the partnership.

URA Commissioner General Doris Akol shakes hands with Airtel CCO Amit Kapur to seal the partnership.

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Taxpayers in Uganda are set to enjoy a reliable and convenient method to pay their dues to Uganda Revenue Authority following the launch of a brand new payment solution in partnership with Airtel Money.

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The partnership that facilitates payment of all taxes will offer Airtel Uganda subscribers convenience, reliability and efficiency.

Commenting about the partnership, Airtel Uganda Chief Commercial Officer Amit Kapur noted that Airtel is committed to providing convenience to all of its subscribers.

“We are proud to be associated with the development of Uganda through partnerships such as the one launched today to ease the payment of taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority through Airtel money. With technology playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of business, we recognise the need to accelerate digital inclusion in our services while creating ease and convenience for our customers”, he said.

Speaking on behalf of URA, Doris Akol the URA Commissioner General noted that partnering with Airtel on tax payments using the Airtel money platform will create ease for the tax payers. “This will help us increase our presence and tax base as URA while providing convenience to our customers for tax payments,” she noted.

To use this service, a subscriber has to first get a Payment Registration Number (PRN) from the URA portal, then dial *185# and follow prompts.

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MTN to wrap up anniversary celebrations with mega fest in Mbale

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MTN Uganda will wrap up its 20-year anniversary celebrations with a mega fest in Mbale this week.

As it celebrates its 20 years of existence in the country, MTN Uganda has been throwing massive parties dubbed the ‘MTN@20 regional expo’ in various towns across the country. The events have been marked by different activities including charity events, cycling races and music concerts among others. And it will be no different in Mbale.

The celebrations in Mbale will kick off on Friday as MTN, through the MTN Foundation, commissions the refurbished Naboa health center III maternity ward fully equipped with running water and solar lighting. They shall also handover hospital beds, mattresses, blankets and bed nets to the facility.

On Saturday, the day’s festivities will begin with a bicycle race where participants will walk away  with lots of  prizes including cash and ReadyPay solar kits.

After the race, revelers will be treated to a star-studded concert featuring top entertainers like Gravity, Cindy, Fresh Kid, and The Ghetto Kids.

There will also be performances from homegrown talent such as the beloved Byg Ben Sukuya, Titus Vybes, Frencha Nezza, and locally adored song bird, Sharon Sento.

The celebrations will be crowned with an elaborate fireworks display.

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