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MTN Commits Shs1b for Child Refugee Immunisation

MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte speaking during the summit on June 23rd.

Telecom Company MTN Uganda has committed Shs1bn to enhance funds for purchasing vaccines for immunisation of refugees.

The commitment was announced by Wim Vanhelleputte, the executive officer of MTN Uganda who was representing MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter, at the Uganda Solidarity Summit for refugees held at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.

“We are targeting children in the refugee camps; it’s a project for immunisation of children in the camps,” said Vanhelleputte.

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Asked when the funds will be delivered, he explained: “We are working with the office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR plus other agencies, and it’s through working together that we shall distribute that money.”

The CEO also stated that MTN has always supported refugees, mentioning the preferential rates given to organisations sending funds to refugees on Mobile Money.

“We are working with NGOs to use Mobile Money to do disbursements. They are getting a preferential rate, which is half of what we charge from others.”

Hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterres and President Museveni, the conference sought to raise US$2bn towards mitigating humanitarian and development challenges arising out of the increasing refugee influx into Uganda for a year.

By the end of the summit on Friday afternoon, USD 358.3 million, an equivalent of Ush 1.2trillion had been pledged which represents 17.6% of the required amount.

Among the countries that committed to offering huge financial support were; the United Kingdom (USD 50m), United Arab Emirates (USD 50m),  Germany (USD 55.5m) and European Commission (USD 85m)

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