“I am happy to inform you that I officially received a grant of close to $400,000 USD [Shs1,476,738,800] from Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative at a ceremony that took place in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam,” says singer Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool.
The TB REACH initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The grant, through my recently founded non profit organisation The Amber Heart Foundation, is in support of activities aimed at finding missing TB patients within the districts of Kampala, Jinja and Mbarara.
This grant is a result of a vigorous application exercise that saw The Amber Heart Foundation triumph over 600 applications that had to be chosen from all over the world. This is a great boast to my charity efforts.
While for years, Bebe Cool has been undertaking different charity works at his personal expense, it feels great when someone else recognises such efforts and decides to chip in.
He said this is a great boast for the health care system.
Statistics prove that 80,000 Ugandans die of Tuberculosis annually yet this disease is treatable in all government facilities moreover for free.
“It is also absurd that many of my fellow Ugandans do not know the symptoms of TB and never think to get screened/tested until it is too late and they have passed it on to their loved ones.”
He said the Amber Heart Foundation using this grant comes in to feel the gap of awareness and mobilisation of people for testing and treatment.
Bebe Cool was last year appointed Uganda’s Tuberculosis Ambassador and has been engaging in many charitable activities under Amber Heart Foundation, the latest having been last year when he donated over UGX.60,000,000 (Sixty Million Shillings) from proceeds of his Concert towards facilitating treatment of children with Heart defects.