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MTN Uganda Refurbishes and Hands over Maternity Ward at Mpugwe Health Center III

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MTN Uganda, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has officially handed over the Mpugwe Health Center III maternity ward in Masaka after renovating and equipping it as a way of giving back to society.
The Telecom Company invested up to 20 million shillings on renovating, repainting and equipping the health facility with a water harvest system with running water, solar lighting and constructing a placenta pit. The six-bed capacity health center was also supported with 6 new hospital beds, 6 mattresses, 6 blankets and 6 mosquito nets to serve the mothers and children who will use the facility.

Executed under MTN Foundation’s Access to Healthcare Initiative (AHI) project, the objective of this intervention is to improve access to quality maternal health service through establishing the minimum standards of infrastructure at a maternity ward as recommended by the Ministry of Health.

MTN’s decision to focus on maternal and child health is informed by a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Health which revealed that maternal health was the most underfunded section of health yet it is critical. At 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, the country’s maternal mortality rate is still among the highest on the continent and in the world.

Uganda’s Maternal Mortality Rate has consistently been one of the highest in the world with many women dying of pregnancy-related complications, some of which have been linked to issues such as lack of lighting among other causes.

Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Uganda said that MTN was so elated to be able to make a difference in the lives of the people it serves. “Mothers deserve to give life in dignity and safety. We are pleased that we can help make a difference in our mothers’ lives,” s
he said.

“As a company there is no greater contribution we can give to communities, than the means to ensure the basic functional systems of their welfare are instated. We are proud to partner with the government to support its efforts in health.” Vanhelleputte said.

Mr. Vanhelleputte noted that although the foundation would have wished to give more equipment, the hospital wards are limited by bed capacity. In the bigger facilities like Kamukira hospital maternity ward in Kabale district, MTN Uganda donated 20 beds. However, some of the maternity wards such as Mpugwe HCIII have a small bed capacity.

While delivering the keynote speech, Mr. Herman Ssentongo thanked MTN for reaching out to the people of Masaka. “We are very thankful that we were chosen for such a good project that is going to improve the lives of our mothers and children in Masaka and the neighboring communities,” He said.

According to Dr. Abdul Mugerwa Kafeero, the Mpugwe Health Center III in-charge, the facility serves a catchment population of ten thousand people. The center receives an average of fifty patients on a daily basis and close to 1000 patients annually. The Masaka District Health Officer, Dr. Stuart Musisi noted that by renovating the Mpugwe Health center, MTN Uganda is helping decongest the Masaka Regional Referral hospital through promoting health service delivery at the grassroots.

Under its Access to Healthcare Initiative (AHI) MTN Uganda Foundation has renovated over 30 hospitals around the country. In regard to maternal health, the telecom giant renovated 8 maternity wards at Health Center III facilities in eight districts namely, Kabale, Mbarara, Hoima, Fort Portal, Gulu, Lira, Arua and Mbale districts.

Last year, MTN Foundation Uganda also allocated a total of Uganda shillings 1.33 billion part of which was collected from the 2018 MTN Kampala and Regional Marathons towards the refurbishment and equipping of theatres and labour-wards of five Health center IVs. The centers include: Muyembe HC IV in Bulambuli district, Pakwach HC IV in Pakwach, Kalangala HC IV in Kalangala, Karugutu HC IV in Ntoroko district and Kawempe Referral Hospital in Kampala.

Last year, the telecom held its sixteenth edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon. The proceeds will also be used to complement the government’s efforts in maternal health improvement.

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Meet Kwata Esimu Hit Maker, Freeboy

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Freeboy aka Mandela Mubark Adams is talented Ugandan artist who has caught an eye for everyone after his saleout song Kwata Esimu featuring Swangz Avenue’s Winnie Nwagi

Here is all you need to know about him

Freeboy is a young artist from the westnile region / Arua town who started his singing career not so long ago, he has managed to put a couple of songs under his name that have established him and one of the most sought after artists at the moment.

He has songs like Magic, Alemi, Letaa, and Sabala Gwe Abinkubya, among others that made him the biggest artist in the westnile region,

Signed to Viva entertainment an Arua based company they teamed up with swangz avenue in an endeavour to giving him a bigger platform, thus working with Winnie Nwagi on the Kwata Esimu hit song that has become the talk of the town, topping all music charts both Radio and TV

Freeboy comes with a unique voice & style, blending kadongo kamu with afro beats & pop making him an interesting artist to watch out for

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“I earned 120K at my first job” Brian Ahumuza consoles Sheila Gashumba

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Fashion guru Ahumuza Brian of Abryanz Collection has revealed how he was also being paid 120 monthly salary. Through his social media platforms, Ahumuza Brian has revealed how much he was paid being when he had just started his fashion road years ago.

Ahumuza opened up his first store, The Abryanz Collection Store, a clothing retail opened its doors to the public in 2010 at Prime Complex and in 2014, the Abryanz Collection was awarded as the Best Youth Fashion Store at the Kadanke Youth Awards.At the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards in 2015, the Abryanz Collection launched its first custom made collection. The majority of the pieces are now on sale in stores. This collection was collaboration between Brian Ahumuza and a few fashion designers in Korea.

The Abryanz Collection has also showcased at many of the past Buzz Teeniez Awards events, and Kadanke Youth Awards. Off the runway, the collection has exhibited in secondary schools within Kampala and across Central region during the school tours organized by the fashion magnet.

The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards. (2013- To Date)

With the idea of getting the fashion industry in Uganda pronounced and established, Brian Ahumuza begun The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards back in 2013.

Abryanz was named the new Ciroc UG Brand ambassador on 14 October 2016. The fashion guru broke records as he became the first East African to endorse the Premium Vodka Brand, Ciroc.

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A Mbarara 9 year old releases her debut single

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Have you thought about the children’s entertainment specially during this lockdown? 

This is sorted as a 9 year old girl from Mbarara district releases  her first solo video titled ‘NINZA KWEGA’ literally meaning ‘I WILL LEARN’ 

Murungi is undoubtedly talented  and picks inspiration from her mother Emily Kikazi, the region’s reigning Best Female Artist. Murungi’s project does not come as a mistake since she recently featured her mother in the trending Runyankore song titled Twerinde Coronavirus. Murungi brings out a strong voice and wonderful gestures in the NINZA KWEGA single. It’s not the first time she appears before a camera. In 2019, Murungi appeared in a song visual titled ‘Mwana Wangye’ where the mother was telling her to be a well behaved child. Now in her Ninza Kwega song, the young beautiful Murungi, like her name, seems to be putting into practice what the mother taught her. Murungi is a lucky girl. She is already signed under her mother’s label called SUPER RICH GANG and the song was produced by the best producer Deus Kabagambe of sure tunes and Video was shot by VoltFilms. The mother tells us that she has a full independent management under the same label led by one U-Turn Fahard who is an influencer in the region. 

The mother, Emily Kikazi, an artist, says she is aiming at a big brand Murungi not just a stage performing artist. Murungi is having a personal music coach who doubles as her producer Deus Kabagambe. In just hours, her Facebook page MURUNGI and Youtube channel MURUNGI UG have shown pretty good growth. I recommend this video for every parent and child. Good luck MURUNGI!

Watch her debut single here

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Lydia Jazmine, Feffe Bussi, Tonix and Grenade light up Club Beatz second edition

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The second edition of Club Beatz at Home online concert took place on Saturday and featured singers Lydia Jazmine, Grenade, Feffe Bussi and Tonix. The show as usual was hosted by Martha Kay and DJ Aludah made his debut appearance.

The Club Pilsner organised show lived up expectations and got fans piling praise for the exhibition. All artistes performed in the comfort of their homes.

The show started with Allan Tonix electrifying ‘Swag Meter’ performance. Tonix also did ‘Sikuleka’, ‘Romance’, and ‘Sunday’ before leaving the mic for Grenade. Grenade did his master pieces Nkuloga and Akaama among other songs and still put up a good show.

Lydia Jazmine then took over the show with her ‘Masuka’, ‘You and Me’, ‘Hit and Run’ among others. Feffe Bussi, the master of free style then closed the artistes’ show with ‘Business’, ‘Love Yo’ among others.

The party went on all night with Sir Aludah on the decks.

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