Uganda musician Moses Ssali popularly know by his stage name Bebe Cool secured Ug shs. I.5bn to fight TB out of Uganda.
The singer is openely criticised by bloggers and opposition activists for supporting president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Mr Ssali told us that he received Money and ready to stop TB in the country.
“I am happy to inform you that I officially recieved a grant of close to $400,000 USD from Stop-TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative at a ceremony that took place in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam.” said Bebe Cool.
“The TB REACH initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” He explained.
The Amber Heart Foundation started recently received the money in support of activities aimed at funding needy 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, says Bebe Cool. “
“It’s a great boost to my charity efforts.” The singer stated.
Bebe Cool argued that for years he has been undertaking different charity works at his personal expense.
However now he feels great when someone else recognises such efforts and decides to extend help.
The grant is seen as a boast for Uganda’s 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.” Mr Bebe Cool remarked.
The Amber Heart Foundation using this grant comes in to feel the gap of awareness and mobilisation of people for testing and treatment.
Mr Bebe Cool was last year appointed Uganda’s Tuberculosis Ambassador.