Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa and the more we visit, the beauty of this county and it’s people is increasingly revealed. What once felt foreign now feels like home and those that were once strangers, we are privileged to call friend.
In five short days in-country, much was accomplished – meetings with the National Medical Stores, Rotary Uganda, Red Cross, and various local leaders. All were receptive to CitiHope’s help and very appreciative of this new initiative; it was the first time CitiHope had delivered medicine to Uganda.
This delivery was made possible through partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s ShareHope program, which aims to strengthen health systems in targeted communities across Africa including Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Gambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
This strategic partnership is demand driven, with a focus on the health of individual patients and specific disease processes, while at the same time striving to support community wellness by enabling existing facilities and personnel to provide better quality health services. ShareHope combines the provision of medications, medical equipment, medical supplies, and educational support to empower providers and their beneficiaries. With focus on sustainability and long-term impacts, ShareHope gains support from The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, The Coca-Cola System, Ministries of Health and health service providers in each country.
CitiHope’s partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation began in 2009 with the creation of The Coca-Cola Medical Relief Initiative, initially responding to a devastating cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. Since that time, 10 African nations have received over $144,000,000 in essential medicines, supplies and nutrition, treating over 650,000 people.
Many thanks to our in-country partners, Calvary Chapel Entebbe, Hope For Restoration Initiative, and Rotary Uganda. They tackled the arduous task of clearing customs, a process that took a good two weeks. We are grateful for their diligence and passion to help their community in this way.
In all, 11 pallets of medicine (enough for a full course of treatment for 16,500 patients) were distributed to six institutions that will in turn provide the medicine free of charge to people that desperately need it. As CitiHope’s Director of Program Development, it was amazing to see the process from start to finish. It is a true labor of love, a culmination of efforts in-country and stateside, that makes medical relief possible.
We look forward to continuing our medical programs in Uganda, especially with the construction of a new medical clinic on the shores of Lake Victoria.