Following the launch of the COVID-19 national response, the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday unveiled a citizen fundraising platform aimed at mobilising resources and funds to boost the coronavirus fight in the country.
Developed by the National Information Technology Uganda (NITA-U), the online system enables every one with donations from as little as UGX 1,000 to make a contribution at their convenience (using a mobile phone or website).
In a statement by government’s technology body NITA-U, it was revealed that one will be able to make a contribution to the national fight against Covid-19 by visiting the website, www.covid.pay.go.ug.
“Additionally, one can see, in real time, a funds counter that shows a cumulative total of contributions as they are made. Contributions can be either money or items. Also, once one makes the contribution, one will be added to the honorable wall of contributors. It is this honorable list of contributors that periodically gets applauded by the President, H.E Yoweri Museveni,” NITA said in a statement.
In the event one doesn’t have a smart phone, then one can make a contribution using MTN Mobile Money by dialing * 165*4*4#ok.
Commenting on this, the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda said, ‘We welcome this ICT initiative that will bolseter our fundraising efforts. Using the online portal means Ugandans can still participate in the nationwide effort to combat Covid19 whilst maintaining the Ministry of Health guidelines of social distancing and avoiding the use of cash’
NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, said, ‘The Covid19 citizen fundraising platform will enable the participation of Ugandans who may wish to make donations but are limited by mobility, fear, language, proximity, and flexibility’