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airtel donates money to the kabaka foundation

Kampala, Uganda, 24th March 2014 - airtel Uganda launched their new partnership with the Kabaka Foundation at airtel Offices. They donated UGX shs 100,000,000 to the Kabaka run, which is devoted to fundraising towards the Fistula problem in Uganda. Together with the Kabaka Foundation they hope to help and change the lives of Fistula victims in Uganda.

Fistula is an affliction that affects women during protracted labor in child birth and mostly targets underage mothers. For a long time, this affliction has been regarded as a taboo by communities, who have resorted to alienating the victims. Between 50,000-100,000 women get the fistula problem annually in the sun-Saharan Africa and Asia and there are more than two million women already living with fistula. In Uganda, only 42% of births are professionally handled meaning that new mothers have a high probability of getting the affliction. The areas most affected by the disease in Uganda are Masaka, Igandan, Soroti and Kagando. This plight is one that airtel has decided to tackle to build a better and healthier Uganda, with the help of Buganda Kingdom.

Speaking at the occasion, airtel Money director Mr. Nuhu Kanyike said “It is part of our social responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the society in which we live. Today, we are responding to a call by the Kabaka Foundation to donate monies and help change the lives of those battling Fistula in Uganda.’

Speaking on behalf of the Katikkiro of Buganda Dr. Charles Mayiga, Buganda’s Sports and Recreation Minister Mr. Henry Ssekabembe praised airtel’s initiative adding: “Our association in this campaign will go a long way in raising the awareness about the fistula affliction in Uganda.”

The media were encouraged to joine the cause and educate the nation about the fistula plight.

The function ended with the handing over of the 100,000,000/= donation from airtel Uganda to the Kabaka Foundation.

about bharti airtel

Bharti airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti airtel had over 269 million customers across its operations at the end of March 2013. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com

about kabaka foundation

The Kabaka Foundation is a charitable trust registered as a Non-Government Organization. Its overall aim is to institute, promote, encourage and support cultural, educational, literacy, economic, social and charitable projects for the benefit of the public in Buganda and Uganda. The main objectives of the Foundation are to provide relief to persons in need by reason of poverty, sickness and distress. The protection and preservation of health with particular emphasis on primary health care and the AIDS epidemic amongst other diseases is a focal point for the foundation.

For more information contact:

Pheona Wall
airtel Uganda
M: +256752605115
E:pheona.wall@ug.airtel.com