By Our Reporter
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA- Stanbic Bank has come out to support reduction of maternal deaths in Uganda.
Stanbic Bank in collaboration with ATC Uganda, Huawei, Vivo energy, Liberty Life, UNOC, MTN, Umeme, Uganda Communication Commission, Trademark East Africa, Total, NSSF, Crown Beverages, Uganda Breweries Limited, AFREXIM and United Nations Development Program have come together to address the four critical areas affecting maternal health in Uganda by giving hospital equipment, mothers welfare through mama kits, community outreach and sensitization and ensure health workers welfare.
Stanbic Bank Uganda and ATC Uganda will donate medical equipment consisting of patient’s monitors, trolleys and dopplers ultra sound machine worth about Shs 144 Million to Kawempe Referral Hospital to boost its maternal healthcare unit.
Speaking during the handover event, Anne Juuko the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank said, the bank through its SEE (Social Economic and Environment) priority aims at transforming every sector of the economy in efforts to drive Uganda’s growth.
That is why we believe that appropriate social sustainable programs in the healthcare sector improve service delivery and staff welfare; and investment in advanced equipment will help reduce child deaths, Juuko said. Adding, together with ATC Uganda, we are setting pace that we believe other companies and individuals can follow.
“The campaign under the theme ‘Every Mother Counts’ was initiated after we realised that it was upon us to step up and take action because all our lives start at birth. Due to the overwhelming numbers of pregnant women Kawempe hospital handles daily, we decided to start with donation of hospital equipment, as we transverse into women and staff welfare and reach out to other parts of the country through our community outreach projects,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of ATC Uganda, Dorothy Ssemanda, the Chief Finance Officer at ATC Uganda commended the Ministry of Health and all partners for the initiative, adding that ATC and all corporates ought to be socially responsible to the communities where they operate by giving back.
“I wish to thank all the corporate organisations that have partnered with us today to ensure that we make this contribution to society, off our business profits. As corporate citizens, we owe our customers and the country the social responsibility to contribute towards addressing some of the critical challenges in the areas of health, education, and others,” said Ssemanda.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, while receiving the donation said, in Uganda, the leading causes of maternal death are haemorrhage, high blood pressure and infections that are largely preventable if detected early enough. And that is why we appreciate these companies for their support towards Kawempe hospital.
Kawempe hospital has been grappling with the high patient numbers and mortality deaths as it delivers over 100 births per day and oversees 1,000 mothers weekly, working with limited resources.
Also, it records the highest number of maternal deaths among the country’s hospitals according to the 2019/2020 Annual Health Sector Performance Report.