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NSSF launches week-long donation drive, expected to collect 6,000 units of blood.

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Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services addresses media during the launch of the  NSSF blood donation drive held at Mulago Hospital on Monday. Looking on is NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba.

Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services addresses media during the launch of the NSSF blood donation drive held at Mulago Hospital on Monday. Looking on is NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF)’s annual countrywide blood donation drive is expected to add over 6,000 units of blood to the National Blood Bank, Managing Director Richard Byarugaba announced at the launch of the week long drive at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.

The drive, which kicked off on Monday, January 14, 2019 is aimed at boosting blood collection across the country. It is being undertaken in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) under the Ministry of Health and the Uganda Red Cross Society.

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Byarugaba, an avid blood donor himself, said that the Fund owes it to its members to contribute to meaningful social causes that affect them diversely. A potential blood shortage he said, affects everyone indiscriminately regardless of stature and standing in society. “We are one of the organisations that has a footprint across the country or whose business affects a wider population. We are passionate about the communities we serve and believe a healthy community is critical for the fulfilment of our mandate. That is why we are committing resources and our office spaces this week as donation collection points” said Byarugaba.

Under the theme “Stand Up for Life”, the donation drive will take place at the Constitutional Square in Kampala, Workers House, Clock Tower, Mukwano Arcade and Owino Market, Kalerwe, Bwaise, Mukono, and Entebbe.

Upcountry, the donation drive will be held at NSSF Branch Offices offices in Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu, Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mukono, Kabale and Masaka as well as other high traffic areas in major towns.

Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services commended NSSF in championing this cause, saying that whereas as UBTS they is mandated to collect 1,200 units of blood daily to meet the country’s demand, they are only able to collect under 800 units due to various challenges that range from access to funding and other logistics.

“Many of our international partners are cutting back their support which has left the National Blood Bank with challenges. We therefore have to start looking within the country for partners. We appreciate organisations such as NSSF that have come in to fill this void. We hope other organisations and individuals can emulate this gesture,” Dr Kyeyune said.

To qualify as a blood donor, someone has to be above the age of 17 years, weigh more than 45kg, and is in good health.

Statistics from World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that Uganda has an annual demand of about 340,000 units of blood but falls short by over 100,000 units. Last year, only 240,000 units were collected against a targeted 340,000 units in Uganda. This year, the Uganda Blood Bank is aiming to collect 300,000 units of blood.

Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society said; “Uganda Red Cross through the MOH has the mandate of mobilising Voluntary blood donors in Uganda. We appreciate corporate entities like NSSF that come one board to complement our efforts through mobilising customers and their stakeholders to appreciate such a humanitarian cause. Donating blood saves lives and is voluntary. We therefore appreciate the spirit behind this and pray that this grows beyond the one week blood drive to something bigger which we can do every other year”.

“Uganda Red Cross has a blood donor recruitment Strategy where we preach to the converted first (our volunteers and members) to donate and live by example. From there, other people join and appreciate the worth of life. With that, we stop relying on students and young people whom we always target while in schools. Our branch network across the country is well positioned and volunteers in communities do this very well as part of our community activities”.

“I want to call upon all people who fall under the age bracket of blood donors, and are in good health to heed to the call and see that we deal with blood shortages and save lives of vulnerable people who require blood transfusions. We are able and can meet the country blood targets, we just have to work hard and improve public perceptions and attitude towards donating blood,” he added.

Among the other Corporate Social Responsibility activities NSSF engages are a charity run that benefits disadvantaged public primary schools in Kampala, a Career expo to prepare university students to join the workforce, annual donations to support hospitals and financial literacy programmes.

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Pointed Nipple Trend Back in Ugandan Fashion

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We had the cleavage era, we had the pantyless era, we are glad to announce that the Pointed Nipple era is back and trending.

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Speaking to people, it is time for ladies to give their nipples some space. It is time to let go of the bra and empower the boob.

So just in case you see ladies walk by with pointed nipples, don’t over stare, the trend is back. And it is fully endorsed by the Uganda Boyfriends Association

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Meet Nabongo, the Ugandan Girl Who Has Been to Every Country In The World

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She is not a slay queen, that is why you may not know her. But she will be the first person in the world to have visited every country in every continent.

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Jessica Nabongo is an American born Ugandan travel influencer who has been to 170 countries out of the 193 recognized by United Nations. She is left with 25 countries to go and all these she hopes to visit by end of 2019.

In North Korea for example, she could not travel on an American passport and had to use her Ugandan passport to gain entry. She is daring but above all, she is proof that the world is your oyster.

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Richest Pastors in Uganda and Their Businesses Revealed

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It pays to be a man of God in Uganda. We bring you the richest pastors aka men of God in the country as of 2019 and their main businesses.

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Prophet Samuel Kakande (Mining and Agriculture)

Prophet Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations is probably the richest pastor in Uganda at the moment. None comes an inch close. He is the only man of God in Uganda who can buy a private jet. But above all, he is very humble in his dealings. You may never suspect he tops all. From driving the latest version of Jeeps and all other car brands, Prophet Kakande is into mining. He holds the highest number of individual mining licenses. From sand to gold to diamond, he mines it all.

He is also Uganda’s most successful commercial farmer owning acres and acres of rice and maize. He owns herds and herds of cattle. Of late, he’s also bought off most of his neighbours in Mulago as he prepares to construct the largest and most modern church in Africa. The church will have accomodation facilities for over 1000 people and will have a seating capacity of over 50,000.

Estimated Networth: $900 million

Pastor Joseph Sserwadda (Real Estate, Imports)

Pastor Joseph Sserwadda of Victory Church Ndeeba is a name worth mentioning in second position. His main focus currently is real estate. He is also heavily into trade.

Estimated Network: $800 million

Pastor Robert Kayanja (Real Estate, Imports)

Coming in closely is Pastor Robert Kayanja of Miracle Centre Cathedral. He literally owns chunks and chunks of land around lake victoria. He is also a large importer of different products in the country. He owns a number of arcades in the country.

Estimated Networth: $700 million

Pastor Aloysious Bujingo (Media)

He is the first Ugandan pastor to run a very successful media enterprise. Salt TV and Salt FM are the only profit making religious stations in the country. Although he is new money, these two enterprises put him in fourth position.

Estimated Networth: $200 million

Prophet Elvis Mbonye (Real Estate)

Prophet Elvis Mbonye is the latest entrant on this list. He has specialized in land acquisition. According to close associates, every two days, there is an acre of land being registered in his name. He owns the most expensive fleet on range rovers.

Estimated Networth: $50 million

To be Continued….

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