MTN Bolsters Battle Against Cancer With Shs15m Drugs

buy information pills geneva; color: #222222;”>Mazen Mrouè, CEO of MTN Uganda said: “As MTN Uganda, we realise and understand the importance of continued support towards the communities where we operate. The fight against cancer especially among children, who are the most vulnerable group among us, is a noble one and is one that we are committed to support.”

Each year, more than 160,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer, and about 90,000 die from the disease. In Uganda over 1,500 children are diagnosed with cancer annually while cancer cases continue to grow from 15,000 in 2010 to over 33,000 currently.

The Executive Director of Lacor Hospital, Dr. Cyprian Opira said, “Cancer treatment especially in children is one area that Lacor Hospital focuses on. This is because of the high cost of treatment which is often not affordable by most of our patients.”

He thanked MTN Uganda Foundation for their contribution that will go towards the treatment of the most serious cases.

The hospital has focused on treating Lymphorma and cancer of the kidney in children. There are approximately 150 new cases reported in a year and yet curable if treatment is started early.

According to the Uganda Cancer Institute, only 15% of children with cancer countrywide are diagnosed in time because of ignorance and poor training. “This has led to reporting of the cancers at a late stage of infection leading to deaths which could have otherwise been stopped. There is therefore a need to increase the sensitisation of the public through an elaborate awareness campaign,” said Opira.

“We believe that through this contribution, St Mary’s Hospital Lacor, which currently offers free and highly subsidised Children Cancer treatment will be able to offer this service to more children and families affected by cancer and we call on more corporate entities to support the fight against Cancer in Uganda,” added Mroué.

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a not-for-profit legal entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN U implements its’ Corporate Social Investments (CSI). The Foundation strives to improve the quality of life in communities where MTN Uganda operates in a sustainable way.

Over the past five years since its launch, the MTN Foundation has supported a number of initiatives in the areas of Education, Health, Arts and Culture, Environment, Community Development and Low cost housing.

The MTN Uganda Foundation partners with both public and non-profit credible organizations to execute sustainable projects in each of the chosen focus areas.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that the selection and approval of its projects are conducted in a manner that is transparent, systematic, efficient, and effective while promoting its mission.

Mroué said from 2013 and onwards, the MTN Foundation will focus on three key areas so as to leverage scale to achieve significant development impact. The three sectors will be Education, Health and National Priority Areas.


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