Uganda: Mbale District Gets New Health Centre

Agness Nandutu | 29 Jan 2007
Monitor (Kampala)

Residents of Mbale district have recieved a new hospital to improve healthcare services. The hospital, located in Busiu sub-county, was built by United Way Uganda, an Non Governmental Organisation.

The hospital was handed over to the community on Saturday.

Charles Nangosia, the manager United Way of America and one of the founder members of the Uganda chapter, said they would equip the hospital to become one of the best in Bugisu sub-region.

The centre will start as a clinic and later develop into a big hospital. "Health is very important for the communities. We want the communities around to access quality health care," Mr Nangosia said. He said United Way built the hospital in memory of Wilson Wamukota, one of the first senior doctors at Mulago Hospital. Prof. Wamukota was the head of the pathologist department in Mulago Hospital until he retired.

United Way Uganda, which was launched on January 19 in Bugolobi, will be engaged in a spectrum of activities to help local communities in Uganda.

The NGO was founded in December 2005 by Mr Nangosia, Angelina Wapakhabulo and John Muhaise among others. The hospital will tackle Malaria, HIV/Aids, poverty, education, and providing clean water to the community. United Way is based in America. It invests in programmes that impact communities.

With its initial aim of bringing the community together, the NGO is also engaged in helping communities and intends to involve itself in the fight against Malaria Initiative through the provision of mosquito nets.

It also gives support to Nsambya Babies' Home. They intend to supply four million mosquito nets to people as a short-term measure.

"We are going to build an intensive care unit for Nsambya Children Home," Mr Nangosia said. Through an extensive network of volunteers and community service agencies, UWU helps meet the social care needs of thousands of people every year.

They also intend to raise funds to support basic human-care services, not provided by government or other private organizations.

According to Nangosia, United Way Uganda (UWU) through its North American Committee is engaging the Ugandan communities in North America for support in development. The Committee is mobilizing this untapped market of investors through collaboration with umbrella organizations such as the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA), International Community of the Banyakigezi (ICOB) and the North American Masaba Culture Association (NAMCA) to initiate conversations about the importance of corporate social responsibility by Ugandans and other businesses owners operating in Uganda.

They plan to study and pursue action programs directed toward the solution of social problems, plan, develop, and coordinate community human-care services.

They would also assist local NGO's to improve their effectiveness and efficiency in delivering services. Among its priories, UWA also plans to sponsor need children to access education.

They are currently sponsoring an orphan Peter Simon Kuteesa, a Young boy who was abandoned by his grandmother after the death of parents in Wakiso District Kampala.

United Way International also administered grant for Brain Tree Primary School in Kyanja, Wakiso District. The assistance provided clean water to village residents and prevented school children from walking miles of kilo meters fetch clean water.