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February 2017

Airtel Uganda contributes Shs30 million to the Rotary Blood Bank Fundraiser Concert.

Rotary Kampala has today welcomed Airtel Uganda onboard the Rotary Blood Bank Fundraiser as a Gold Sponsor. This announcement was made during a press conference held at the Airtel Uganda head offices in Kampala.

The fundraiser concert that will feature renowned South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela alongside Ugandan sax ace Isiah Katumwa will also mark 60 years of Rotary in Uganda.

Rotary Uganda teamed up with Mengo Hospital one and half years ago to build a Blood Bank and construct Rotary Hospital in Mukono. Ugandans require the amount of blood of 360,000 but as Rotary they collect only the amount of 260, 0000 from the people each year and the difference is 100,000.

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Chairman Rotary Blood Bank in his speech, thanked Airtel Uganda for the great service they are giving to its customers. “We are extremely privileged that Airtel Uganda is joining Rotary in this campaign of finishing up the construction of a blood bank which will help our citizens. They are gold sponsors in the Rotary Blood Bank Fundraiser Concert this shows that Airtel Uganda is a conscious company for the need of humanity”

“We are inviting Ugandans to come work hand in hand with Rotary Uganda to operationalize this blood bank,” he added

Speaking at the press conference, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. Anwar Soussa reiterated the company’s promise to not only provide Ugandans with the best telecommunications solutions but also to initiate and support causes that impact their lives for the better. “Airtel Uganda will contribute UGX 30million to the fundraising concert that has been organized to raise money for the Rotary Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital and Rotary Hospital Mukono”.

“Allow me to thank and congratulate Rotary Kampala who will be marking 60 years in the country for their daily, weekly, monthly and annual efforts that are geared towards the improvement of Ugandan lives,” he added.

The Rotary Blood Bank Fundraiser Concert will be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Canon to ‘Celebrate Africa’ with the launch of a range of consumer products including the EOS 5D Mark IV in the CCNA region.

Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, has reiterated its commitment to the African market by announcing the launch of its hero product EOS 5D Mark IV camera. Canon showcased their input to output professional consumer products covering both cameras and printers which are now available in the African region. Canon also announced the start of an Africa wide photo competition involving consumers under the theme ‘Celebrate Africa’.

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The camera range unveiled includes models such as the EOS 80D, EOS760D, EOS 1300D, Powershot G7X MKII, PowerhShot SX720 HS, Ixus 285HS and Pixma printers G4400, TS 5040 & the powerful  and refined TS 9040 – is a fully featured colour photo printer, scanner and copier with an elegant and compact exterior.

The much anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, is the most recent addition to the legendary EOS 5D family and is now available in African markets. This announcement comes close on the heels of the Pixma series printers that were launched last year in Nairobi.

“Our focus on Africa is very clear, and is evident from how we have carved a new business division known as Canon Central & North Africa (CCNA) to serve the regions needs to launching new and exciting products. We want to offer customers in Africa new innovation that is currently changing the way we capture, store and share images.” said Somesh Adukia, Sales Director – CCNA.

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Further elaborating on the theme of ‘Celebrate Africa’ he added, “At Canon, we are passionate about enriching lives by bringing people and imaging technology together. Our ‘Celebrate Africa’ campaign that we kick off today is set to encourage people to capture the essence of Africa. This beautiful continent is rich in history with diverse people and cultures while juxtaposing the old and the new making it unique and awe inspiring. The products that we have launched today will enable all of us to depict Africa’s beauty and capture moments that allow us to make beautiful memories and make us proud to be on this continent.”

The ‘Celebrate Africa’ campaign is targeting consumers from all walks of life. It will be activated through an online competition where Canon is encouraging people from across the continent to submit images captured by them under any of the three categories: People of Africa, Africa’s Citylife or Africa’s Landscape and Wildlife. More details can be found at www.picfair.com/celebrateafrica. The competition will run from February 7, 2017 till April 15, 2017 and has a range of prizes to be won by those who send the most compelling images.

Emirates to reward Ugandan lucky winners in “Tukuzaayo e Dubai” promotion.

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, and voted the World’s Best Airline 2016 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, will be rewarding two lucky winners with air tickets to trip to Dubai. Emirates will also gibe three nights’ accommodation to the two lucky winners who will travel to Dubai. In addition, will also give nine original Arsenal jerseys to other participants in the promotion.

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In partnership with Bukedde TV, a promotion will ask viewers to questions via SMS and stand a chance to win tickets or jerseys. The questions will be related to Emirates’ products, services and destinations.

The winners will use the SMS function on their phones and will have to type [Emirates] leave a space [Full Names] leave a space and then send the message to 8338. Participants will then receive a prompt message with a question about Emirates which the winner will have to be replied and sent to 8338. The more questions one answers, the higher their chance of winning.

Launching the promotion, the Emirates Country Manager to Uganda, Mr. Mohammad Al Attar said; “We have launched this promotion both to reward our Ugandan customers for their loyalty to our brand and also to create awareness for our global network of destinations. Dubai is one of the most popular destinations for the Ugandan traveler- both for leisure and trade purposes. We hope that by the end of the promotion, more Ugandans will be more inclined and excited to travel to Dubai and enjoy the great experiences it has to offer.”

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“Ticket winners will be able to experience great services from Emirates’ international cabin crew from more than 120 countries, gourmet cuisine and its renowned ice inflight entertainment system, which offers passengers hundreds of audio and visual channels on demand. Finally, the lucky ticket winners will be treated to a Desert Safari- which is one of the most popular activities for tourists visiting Dubai,” he added.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0925hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1350hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1520hrs and lands in Dubai at 2135hrs.

Emirates sets standards for on-board medical care.

Flight diversions due to inflight medical emergencies make up a tiny portion of the millions of flights operated annually, but it is costly for airlines. With more people traveling by air, the actual number of inflight medical events has been gradually increasing over the years.

Emirates, the largest airline by international traffic, operates over 3,500 departures a week, or more than 194,000 flights in 2016. In those 12 months, the airline handled more than 60 flight diversions due to medical emergencies.

A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from US$50,000 to over US$600,000, depending on the nature of the diversion which include fuel, flight catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation cost, passenger rebooking costs and onward connection, as well as other associated costs to care for crew and passengers.

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Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We can never hope to recover the costs of a flight diversion, but the wellbeing of our customers is always our number one priority. Airlines handle medical emergencies differently, as there are no international regulations on this front.  At Emirates, like everything else we do, the safety of our passengers comes first. If there is a medical emergency on board, our crew have the training and equipment to help them assess the situation, and deliver the best possible outcome for the affected passengers.”

Crew training and equipment

In 2016, Emirates delivered nearly 23,000 hours of medical training for cabin crew and pilots, ensuring they are ready to assist passengers on board.

All Emirates cabin crew go through a comprehensive initial training programme which is required by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, recurrent training to keep their skills up to date, as well as additional specific training for the use of on board medical equipment.

The medical training that Emirates cabin crew undertake includes both theory and practical aspects. It prepares them to recognise and deal with common situations, but more importantly handle rare but life-threatening events when time is of essence.

Topics covered include basic life support (CPR); medical conditions including asthma, heart disorders, seizures and allergic reactions; trauma related topics and even emergency childbirth amongst others. Pilots also attend training sessions covering topics such as Hypoxia, Malaria, Dengue, Trauma, CPR and choking and occupational health issues.

Emirates has also invested more than US$ 7 million in the installation of its medical equipment on board, with annual maintenance costs being a further US$ 1.7 million. Equipment on every Emirates aircraft include: emergency medical kits, oxygen bottles, resuscitators, a defibrillator, a telemedicine unit, and a 24/7, satellite medical advisory service that connects crew to specialist aviation medical consultants who can help assess the passenger’s situation in real time.

Making the right call

On average, Emirates’ crew make about 20 calls to the medical advisory service per 100,000 passengers flown. Most calls do not result in a diversion, but the professional consultation helps the operating crew to make better decisions and offer the right support to the affected passengers, particularly when there are no volunteer medical professionals on the flight.

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Emirates’ in-house team of aviation medical specialists, flight planners and operations controllers, all work closely to conduct detailed scenario planning and regular updates to diversion protocols – in keeping with the airline’s growing global network, as well as advances in medical thinking, inflight medical technologies, and training techniques.

Mr Al Redha said: “If we have to divert a flight, our aim is to get medical attention for the afflicted passenger as soon as possible. Via our medical advisory consultants and Emirates’ own operations control team, we identify the best location where the passenger may receive appropriate care, and where the airport can adequately support the passengers and aircraft.

“The diversion location selected may be someplace where medical costs are expensive and travellers should consider procuring the appropriate insurance before they travel.”

Airtel Uganda, Barclays Bank launch “ReadytoWork” partnership to bridge the divide between education and the work place expectations.

Leading telecommunications company Airtel Uganda has today announced a partnership with Barclays Bank in which they will provide a free internet platform for youth who sign up for Barclays’ ‘ReadytoWork’ programme – a partnership that will provide increased access to this youth employability programme.

ReadytoWork, a program that was launched in May 2016 by Barclays Uganda, provides young people with a digital and face-to-face learning curriculum designed to help them develop the skills that will prepare them for employment as well as starting their own business. So far, 12,000 youth across the country have signed on to the program.

Speaking on behalf of the Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Mr. Deepak Bhartia, the Chief Commercial Officer commended Barclays Bank for this initiative that aims at tackling the persistent problem of youth unemployment.

“Airtel Uganda has been supporting and will continue to support the youths in Uganda through programs like this which equip them with the necessary tools to enhance their lives whether in the formal or the informal sector,” he said

“We pledge our cooperation and support to Barclays Bank to ensure that more youths continue to enroll onto this ReadytoWork program,” he added.

Mr. Rakesh Jha, the Managing Director Barclays Bank of Uganda noted that, “…answering this pressing societal challenge is not a task that can be accomplished alone and we need to collaborate with a range of partners to succeed powering ReadytoWork across the country. We are, therefore, proud to partner with Airtel Uganda, which collaboration will enable us reach more youth and provide them with the required data to complete the course.”

To enroll into the programme, Airtel Uganda subscribers just have to dial *175*200# and they shall be sent the link for the ReadytoWork programme that will be free of access.

Airtel Uganda, Buganda Kingdom Join Fight Against Sickle Cells.

Airtel Uganda has, once again, come on board as a platinum sponsor for the 2017 Kabaka Run as part of their three-year partnership with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor four of the kingdom’s most important activities; the Kabaka’s birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri.

During the press conference held this morning at the Kingdom offices in Mengo, the Katikkiro of Buganda Owekiitibwa Charles Peter Mayigga also announced that for the next three years, emphasis will be placed on sickle cell awareness under the theme FIGHT AGAINST SICKLE CELLS. This cause has brought new strategic partners on board which include the Ministry of Health in the Central Government and Uganda Sickle Cell Foundation – an NGO with an aim of raising sickle cell awareness in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health over 25,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease and over 80% die before their 5th birthday contributing to 15% infant mortality, 13.3% of the total population have Sickle cell traits and 21% are within the Buganda region, It’s against this background that the Kingdom has made a decision to dedicate this run to this cause and create awareness.

Speaking at the press conference, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. Anwar Soussa commended the Buganda Kingdom for always coming up with causes and activities that positively impact Ugandans.

“At Airtel Uganda, we pride ourselves on creating impactful partnerships which ultimately benefit the community we work in. This is the reason as to why we are very proud to partner with the Buganda Kingdom every year in order to make a difference, not just here in Buganda but in the entire country,” he said.

Commenting about the new theme, Soussa noted that “By sponsoring such a noble cause, we are hopeful that we shall educate Ugandans about sickle cells and increase on the funds to enable proper treatment of patients and research into how best we can contain it.”

The run will be held on the 9th April 2017 flagged off in Lubiri Mengo by His Majesty the Kabaka; this will have the 5km, 10kms and 21km routes.

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