MTN Stands With Kasese Flood Victims


page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Through its charity programme, what is ed MTN released 100 hospital beds, 100 mattresses, 100 blankets and 100 mosquito nets which were handed over to the Minister of Health; Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on behalf of the hospital management.

“At MTN Uganda, we realise and understand the importance of continued support towards the communities where we operate,’ said Mazen Mrouè, MTN Uganda’s CEO.

Mrouè also highlighted MTN’s commitment to continue identifying with the vulnerable communities in the country through partnerships with the Government and a number of relief agencies in matters of disaster response.

“The floods destroyed property and affected the lives of the people of Kasese something that greatly shocked the nation and the world and deeply touched us at MTN hence our decision to help,” said Mrouè.

MTN also provided additional support by painting the Children’s ward at Kilembe Mines hospital.

“Governments all over the world are over whelmed by emergencies like these, and most times, especially in the developing world it is important for partners to answer the call and provide support for the relief efforts,” Mroue observed.

In 1999, MTN partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for displaced people the first being in Mbale and Hoima districts.

Since then, MTN Uganda has built a total of 237 homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity housing close to 1380 individuals; this is the largest number of homes funded by a corporate company.

Honourable Rugunda hailed MTN for the initiative saying that MTN, through the Foundation has proved that the company has the welfare of the country at heart.

“As government, we welcome this initiative by the MTN Foundation and applaud you for partnering with us in extending the reach of much needed support to the people of Kasese,” Rugunda put.

Kasese Flood Disaster

At the beginning of May 2013, heavy rains caused the banks of River Nyamwamba to burst, which resulted in flooding in Kasese district.

Eight people were confirmed dead, and over 25,000 were affected.

The flooding also caused widespread destruction of houses, crops and facilities such as bridges, roads and power lines.

Major infrastructures such as a hospital and sewage treatment unit were also damaged.

A recent survey by Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance, a regional NGO, notes; “Increased intensity of flash floods in Kasese has led to erosion of fields, both high and low lands reported the negative impact of unpredictable seasons on cropping patterns and resultant low yields leading to reduced food availability.”

The survey also shows that “mosquitoes which were unheard of in the district are now common and malaria cases have become common”.


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