Singer Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool has received US$398,344 (Shs1.47bn) grant from Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative to fight the deadly disease in Uganda.
He received the Cheque at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam. The TB REACH initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“The grant, through my recently founded nonprofit organisation The Amber Heart Foundation, is in support of activities aimed at finding missing TB patients within the districts of Kampala, Jinja and Mbarara,” Bebe Cool said in a post on his official facebook page.
He added: “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 i have been undertaking different charity works at my personal expense, it feels great when someone else recognises such efforts and decides to chip in. This is a great boast (sic)for our 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. The Amber Heart Foundation using this grant comes in to feel the gap of awareness and mobilisation of people for testing and treatment.”
Last year, Bebe Cool was appointed Uganda’s Tuberculosis Ambassador and he has been engaging in many charitable activities under Amber Heart Foundation.
Bebe Cool said last year he donated over Shs60m from proceeds of his Concert towards facilitating treatment of children with Heart defects.