Airtel Uganda donates 500 ‘MAMA kits’ to mothers in Eastern Uganda.

Airtel Uganda extended its Happiness Campaign to Eastern Uganda by donating MAMA kits to pregnant women in Bugiri district and surrounding areas. The handover of the kits was presided over by the Member of Parliament for Bukoli North Constituency, Honorable Baka Stephen Mugabi.

Also in attendance were community leaders, Bugiri residents and Airtel Uganda employees.

The telecommunications company partnered with the World Health Organisation, Maristopes clinics and local health centers to ensure that the 500 MAMA kits donated would be distributed to those pregnant women in need, free of charge.

Addressing guests at the handover ceremony, Airtel Uganda’s Human Resources’ Director, Mrs. Flavia Ntambi Lwanga, Human Resources Director said the Company was honored to play its part in the advocacy for safe motherhood and family health care.

“2015 is the year in which Airtel Uganda is actively seeking ways to promote the happiness of our customers, countrywide. We want to help our subscribers meet their needs, whatever they may be. These kits will help 500 mothers in Bugiri district with both their personal and family and health needs,” she said.

“In a country with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 505/100,000 live births, we have a responsibility to bring change in our areas of operation and eventually, reduce the deaths of mothers by ensuring clean and safe birthing conditions,” Ntambi added.

Ntambi also thanked the partners for their contribution to the initiative. “We are honored to be working with credible and efficient partners; the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Maristopes Clinic; both of whom are dedicated to ensuring an improvement in the health sector of Ugandans countrywide,” she said.

The Guest of Honor, Honorable Baka Mugabi commended Airtel Uganda and its partners for what he called “…a noble and worthwhile cause.”

“We cannot think of a better way to approach the celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day in Bugiri district. Airtel Uganda has today given hope to 500 mothers and essentially, stopped them from becoming part of the sad statistics,”
he said.

This initiative comes only a few weeks after Airtel Uganda held a community health fair in Arua district in Northern Uganda where medical services were extended to over 1000 people.

Bugiri district is a rapidly growing metropolitan area in Eastern Uganda located approximately 77 kilometers by road, east of Jinja, on the highway between Jinja and Tororo. It lies on the main highway between Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and the border towns of Malaba and Busia. In 2012 the population of Bugiri District was estimated at approximately 426,800 persons.

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