This weekend, residents of Kosovo and surrounding areas – a medically underserved slum area – in the Rubaga Division of Kampala city received free health services at a free Airtel Uganda community health fair.
In partnership with The Hind’s Feet Project, a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on making health information accessible to all, Airtel Uganda offered free medical services to hundreds of community members in an effort to improve their wellbeing and empower them with the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions.
The medical services offered included; Hepatitis B screening and shots, Dental, eye checkups and general medicine, Screening for HIV, diabetes, ulcers, blood pressure, syphilis, hepatitis B and malaria. The health fair also included safe male circumcision and free cancer screening services.
Improving health access is a core aspect of Airtel Uganda’s community engagement pillars of Education, Health, Digital enabled Entrepreneurship and the Environment. Airtel believes, strong health, quality education, relevant entrepreneurial skills and a good environment are the enablers required to empower Ugandans to build better livelihoods.
Speaking during the health fare, Airtel Uganda Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Mrs. Charity Bukenya said “At Airtel, we aim to improve the lives of Ugandans, not only by providing them with affordable and reliable telecommunications solutions, but also by increasing knowledge on general health and the use of preventive health services to help them live healthy lives.”
“Working closely with our partners, we will continue to reach out to other communities in Uganda,” she added.
The free community health fair is one of Airtel Uganda’s interventions that also include the Kabaka Run in support of Sickle Cell initiatives, and the recent blood donation campaign.
Airtel Uganda holds quarterly health camps in different medically underserved regions of Uganda, and this is second community health fair in 2017. In March this year, Airtel Uganda held a community health fair at Nyakabaya Primary School in Nyarusiza, Kisoro district. Previous health fairs were head in Arua, Fort Portal, Kabale, Bugiri, Mbale, Lira, Bugiri, Kalerwe – Kampala.