The MTN Foundation in partnership with Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has pledged to continue funding Health Centre IV facilities in an effort to improve maternal health services.
MTN Foundation pledged and allocated Shs 1.33billion from the 2018 MTN Kampala and regional Marathons to be used to complement efforts by the ministry of health to improve service delivery in 5 HC IVs of Muyembe in Bulambuli district, Pakwach HC IV in pakwach district, Kalangala HC IV, Karugutu in Ntoroko district and Kawempe women and children hospital in Kampala.
In the 2018 marathons, MTN collected Ushs 600 million while the MTN Foundation topped up to make the final amount to Shs 1.33b which will be given to selected Health centre IVs in form of equipment.
Speaking today at a press briefing held at the ministry of health in Kampala, the Minister for health, Jane Ruth Aceng said the government is prioritising access to quality health services especially Maternal health services and infant health services and appreciated the private sector players and development partners that have continued to support this cause.
“Uganda has in the last five years made significant improvement in reduction of the maternal mortality ratio that now stands at 336 deaths per 100,000 live births according to 2016 report. However, this number is still high and we wish to reduce it even more. We appreciate MTN Foundation and UNFPA for their support,” she said
According to Aceng, the investment towards improving health infrastructure and supplies, including lifesaving medicines and equipment will enhance the provision of quality services and subsequently contribute to the reduction of maternal and new-born morbidities and mortalities.
While speaking at the same conference, the General Manager Corporate services at MTN Uganda Enid Edroma, reaffirmed MTN Foundation’s commitment to continue supporting government in this area as it endeavours to extend services to communities that need them most
“We are concerned with the high maternal mortality rates that we see in our country and we want to create a change. We pledge to make more investments towards this cause with proceeds from the 2019 edition of the MTN marathon seasons,” she said
Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA Representative urged government of Uganda to work hand in hand with the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“UNFPA is proud to engage in this kind of partnership that seeks to create shared opportunities, leveraging each partner’s added value to actualize interventions to achieve universal sexual and reproductive health and rights, reduce maternal deaths and improve lives of youth,” he said
The official commissioning of all MTN marathon projects from previous year will take place on 21th of November at Kawempe Women and Children hospital presided over Huawei that are the main sponsor of the marathons.
The 2019 MTN marathons edition will be launched shortly after with regional runs in Soroti, Aria, Masaka and climax with the 2019 MTN Kampala Marathon on Sunday 24th November 2019 at Kololo independence grounds.