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Goldstar Insurance Donates To Needy Children

 

When you walk into Katalemwa Cheshire Home, a facility that has been taking care of disabled children since 1970, your mood changes to sombre.  This sad change of mood is caused by the vicinity of children struggling to live.

Many of these children are born with disabilities while some are disabled by accidents and diseases. Their parents bring them to Katalemwa for correctional therapy and medical rehabilitation. And as it is well documented, Katalemwa is doing a good job however they are strained by their insufficient resources.

Katalemwa receives about 20, 000 children every year brought in from different parts of the country yet the facility is ill equipped. For example it has only 200 beds which means it struggles to host all patients brought in. So they only retain serious cases and other cases are attended to at home.

To continue offering services Katalemwa solicits for funding from donors, corporate organizations and well-wishers. On Tuesday, 12 April, 2016, Goldstar Insurance, one of the leading insurance services providers in Uganda, visited the home and delivered 25 wheelchairs to benefit some of the needy children and adults.

According to Paul Kavuma, the deputy managing director of Goldstar Insurance, the wheelchairs contribution is one of the many activities the insurance company is going to carry out as they celebrate making 20 years in business. Goldstar started operating in Uganda in 1996. And for that matter, they are carrying out a series of CSR activites and give back to community.

Samali Matovu, the executive director of Katalemwa Cheshire Children’s Home acknowledged that the donation will help them rehabilitate children. She lamented that many parents cannot afford to buy equipment for their children hence the need for support from organizations like Goldstar.

“With the new wheelchairs from Goldstar, children will be able to access social services like education because they can now move to school. Mobility had hampered them.” Matovu, who revealed that sustaining the home’s activities is a challenge, said.

Katalemwa offers services like occupational therapy, physiotherapy, counselling, measurement and fitting of assistive devices, construction of therapy equipment at home using locally available raw materials and empowering caregivers with basic rehabilitation skills to children suffering from spina bifida, hydrocephalous, cerebral pulse, intellectual disabilities, and bone deformities among other complications.

Olive Nabiryo, an occupational therapist at the home explained that children go through stages when recovering. She said that many of the children have weak limbs therefore they can support their bodies. “We go through stages, after one stage, we go to another, sometimes the child takes a lot of time to learn a stage. We work with parents and we teach them how to rehabilitate their children. Parents learn from what we do.” She said.

Hussein Lukwago, also an occupational therapist, said that because of weak limbs children cannot control their muscles. But through physiotherapy, these children are taught how to walk, eat, use toilet and move their bodies.

The home also has a playground which is used by children to play and relax. It is fitted with learning materials and play tools. Barbara Namudope, the programmee officer at the home, explained that playing is part of the therapy. The home also has a learning center which according to Berna Namujuzi said is used to teach these children daily living skills that help them to be independent.

Through donations, the home managed to construct their own workshop from where they make eqipments used by the children. From the workshop, they make wheelchairs, standing flames, walkers, CP chairs, crunches, beds, toilelts.

William Semuyamba, an orthopedic technician said sometime they make an equipment according to the need of the patient. “We try to suit the needs of the user.” He said.

Sharifah Nansumba, another orthopedic technician, said they use local material to make these equipments because their suitable for the environment, readily available, easy to repair while the imported equipment are expensive and hard to repair because spare parts are not available.

Victoria University To Train Medical Workers

 

Victoria University, one of the leading private universities in Uganda, has reiterated its commitment to train medical workers as Dr. Patience M. Arinaitwe, the Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Victoria University, explains in this interview.

What subjects would you advise young Students to pursue at A’levels in order for them to pursue courses under your Faculty of Health Sciences? 

Mainly PCB for Clinical Science programmes (BNS, BMS and possibly Nutrition and Dietetics), All subjects including Arts but with some Biology for Public Health

What types of degrees and certificates are available in your Faculty of Health Sciences?

Currently BNS, BMS,BND, BPH (Degrees); There’s an upgrade for Midwifery Science for diploma holders; For Certificates we have Short Course in Public Health (SCIPH) and others. 

What is the relationship between Bachelor of Nursing Science & Bachelor of Midwifery Science? What are the entry requirements?

Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (BNS) is a 4 Year Programme. BNS curriculum is designed to meet the challenges of healthcare delivery. The course is highly demanding and designed to use community-orientated, evidence and skills-based approaches in order to be highly responsive to the needs of urban and rural communities.

BNS Entry Requirements are: Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent and 2 principal passes obtained at the same sitting in Physics, Chemistry or Biology or Diploma in Nursing from a recognised Institution and must be certified by the Uganda Nurses & Midwives Council (UNMC).

Bachelor of Midwifery Science is a 2 Year Top up Program. The post-diploma midwifery science top-up degree program is designed to enhance the student’s ability to use community–oriented, evidence-based approaches in the provision of midwifery care that is responsive to the needs of the community in both rural and urban settings.

The Bachelor of Midwifery Science program will cover two academic years, which is a five (5) semesters degree course.This program will be implemented using a variety of teaching and learning modes that encourage active and student centred learning to ensure that the graduates become life-long self–directed learners to be able to meet the challenges in healthcare delivery.

Is your Faculty of Health Sciences going to be part of your future VU School of Medicine? What’s the distinction?

Yes it and will infact be the home of the Medical School; health sciences and especially the clinical parts are complementary – e.g. nurses and midwives (BNS and BMS respectively) work with doctors on a daily basis to provide healthcare – Medicine will just be an addition to the menu of courses in the Faculty and not necessarily a separate one.

What types of service opportunities does your Faculty of Health Sciences render to your current Students and Graduates?

Apart from the excellent student-teacher interaction (remember VU has has the best ratio in Uganda so teachers really know their students!) we offer career guidance, arrange internships and field placements.

We emphasise the community linkage whereby our students are supported to design real-life projects offering solutions to community health problems. Furthermore we organize exposure events for the students e.g. attending scientific conference for learning, presenting their work and networking among others.

What courses can be done part-time?

All courses have a provision for flexibility if the student numbers  and other administrative factors are favourable. In the future we plan to offer some Health Science courses via distance or online.

Do you consider Credit transfer from say a certain University to VU?

We do, there’s a system called Accreditation of Previous/ Experiential Learning (APEL) whereby a student applies to be exempt from a course unit or module they think has already been covered elsewhere. 

When we receive this application we do carefully look for similarity in content (especially related to curriculum but also teaching/learning methods used) as well as student performance. If satisfied then the student can be exempt; it is on a case-by-case basis and the student has to formally initiate the process by filing an APEL application to the Dean.

How does one apply for a course /program in your Faculty of Health Sciences? 

Simply fill out the application form (there’s a provision for this online on the VU website), attach the required documents and submit to registry or admissions at VU.   Also applicants can just walk into the university with their academic documents and our supportive Admissions team can work with them to submit an application the same day!

What are the application deadline dates and who can one contact for advising on Health Science Courses?

1st week of March 2016 is the deadline. For any further clarification please contact us on Tel: (+256) 417 727 000, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are Located at Victoria Towers, Plot 1-13, Jinja Road.

For details about Faculty of Health Sciences  and other courses visit the University’s website at  www.vu.ac.ug.

 

 

Landmarks That Define Uganda’s Capital Kampala

 

Kampala being the capital city of Uganda is not really the destination most tourists aim for when they visit the country, but it has many beautiful gems that are scattered all over the hills that surround the city. Like in most cities when visiting for the first time, you will need a tour guide to take you around the city. So here are some of Jovago’s most recommended places to visit around Kampala.

The Baha’i Temple

Located up the beautiful green hill of Kikaaya, the temple is a calming and peaceful place to visit. You can get a taxi from the old taxi park in the city center that can drop you right at the entrance of the Temple, you could also use a cab or a boda boda (motorbike) when travelling there. 

Kasubi Tombs

In Kasubi up the drive on Masiro road, is the final sleeping place of some of the Sekabakas (Kings) of the Buganda Kingdom. It is a place rich in history for one of the biggest kingdoms in Uganda and provides a bigger understanding of how the people lived at that time. It is important to note that ladies have to carry wrappers if they are wearing trousers or they will be availed at the site. 

Namirembe Cathedral

With a full view of the rest of the city, Saint Paul Cathedral in Namirembe is a sight to behold. It serves as the main office of the protestants and is the oldest church structure in Uganda, built in 1919. With beautiful architecture that is reminiscent of the 19th century, the church looks like a guardian angel watching over the city.

Owino Market

Owino is located in the city center on the lower side of the city next to Nakivubo stadium, it is the biggest market in Kampala and the best for an ardent shopper looking for unique pieces around Kampala. You have to be good at haggling to get something at a fair price.  

Gaddafi Mosque

Also known as the Uganda National Mosque, it is the largest mosque in Uganda and can accommodate over 15,000 people. It was commissioned in 2006 by the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya as a gift to the Muslim faithfuls in Uganda. The mosque is currently the head office of the Uganda Muslim Council.

Lubiri Palace

The palace located in Mengo is the official royal headquarters of the Buganda kingdom where the royal throne sits, the original palace was destroyed in 1966 during a power struggle between the then Prime Minister Milton Obote and Kabaka Muteesa who was the President of Uganda at that time. As with all the cultural landmarks in Uganda, you are advised to adhere by the cultural demands of decency and respect. 

Lake Victoria

Located in the South of the city, Lake Victoria is a vast water body that covers three East African countries; Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. The lake is also the biggest of its kind in Africa with many islands that are filled with beautiful lodges and hotels. 

About Jovago

Jovago.com is an online hotel booking service with offices in Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dakar (Senegal) founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as its investors. Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jovago.com has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

 

 

 

Ethiopian Cement Company Signs Up For Renewable Energy

 

The Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a subsidiary of Qalaa Holdings’ Tawazon, announced signing of a US$ 50 million, five-year contract with Ethiopia’s Messebo Cement to supply 100,000 tons of biomass annually. The biomass will be used as a source of energy to replace coal.

As stipulated by the agreement between the two companies, ECARU will be the technology and service provider responsible for collecting, transporting and processing local Biomass that will be converted to environmentally-friendly alternative solid fuel.

“Biomass is a renewable, carbon neutral energy source that comes from agricultural residues that would otherwise be openly burned. This waste to energy solution for heavy industries such as cement manufacturing, is beneficial on multiple fronts. It helps nations solve their Biomass challenges, it reduces emissions that come from burning fossil fuels such as fuel oil, natural gas and coal, and it is a more cost-efficient and sustainable source of energy,” said Dr.HishamSherif, CEO of ENTAG/ECARU.

“Today we are exceptionally proud to be able to transfer our knowledge and years of experience to the countries of sub-Saharan Africa where Biomass as a source of renewable energy has been largely untapped,” he adds. ECARU has been supplying alternative Solid fuel, Biomass, as a source of energy to Egypt’s leading cement companies for the past five years.

The contract with Messebo Cement, which is located in Mekelle, 780 km from Addis Ababa with a production capacity of 2 million tons of cement per annum, is renewable beyond the stipulated five-year time period under the same terms and conditions.

Tawazon, Qalaa Holdings’ subsidiary company for investment in the regional solid waste management industry, controls two companies: the Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a solid waste management service provider, and Engineering Tasks Group (ENTAG), a solid waste management technology provider. Together, these two companies form a leading waste management enterprise with extensive operations in Egypt and an international project book in Oman, Malaysia, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Syria.

Qalaa Holdings has invested in Tawazon as part of its energy portfolio which also includes TAQA Arabia, Egypt’s largest private sector energy distribution company and the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), a US$ 3.7 billion refinery, Egypt’s largest in-progress, private sector mega project.

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