By Spy Uganda
Kampala: As a way of giving back to the community through their Corporate Social Responsibility, MTN Uganda and Victoria Hospital have decided to offer free corrective surgery to children with disabilities.
Spy Uganda has learnt that the MTN Foundation on Monday signed a one-year partnership worth Shs184 million with UMC Victoria Hospital, which will see the health facility provide free corrective surgery for over 80 children with special needs and/or disabilities. The one-year partnership between the MTN Foundation and UMC Victoria Hospital is supported under the key focus areas for the Foundation which is health. It will also see UMC Hospital engage MTN staff in its community outreaches and medical camps countrywide in weeks ahead and a visit to the hospital located in Bukoto, on the outskirts of the city. The MTN Uganda Ag. CEO, Gordian Kyomukama reiterated the Foundation’s commitment towards improving the livelihood of youth by enabling those who have had an unfortunate start to life.
“Removing the physical obstacles to the youngsters’ growth and development through corrective surgery will enable them to compete favorably and achieve their full potential in life within their respective communities. These are the success stories that we as a brand take pride in,” Kyomukama said during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. He added that “In addition to the partnerships that we have forged with the Ministry of Health and over 15 health centers refurbished and re-equipped countrywide under our Access to Health Initiative (AHI), today we reiterate our desire to contribute to the wellbeing of our customers and Ugandans at large. It is commonly said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. We are pleased to play our part in this process as the MTN Foundation.”
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UMC Victoria Hospital, Dr. Anurag Shah lauded the MTN foundation for coming to the rescue of the disadvantaged children. “The lives of the children will be changed for the better, forever – thanks to this partnership. We are delighted to partner with MTN Foundation to help them realise their dreams,” said Dr. Shah. MTN Uganda also signed a similar partnership with Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for People with Disability in Uganda (CoRSU) a few days ago, to provide corrective surgery to 80 youth and children conflict prone areas of the country.