Bwizibwera Maternal and Child Health Unit now looks better after months of refurbishment sponsored by the Bank of Uganda (BoU). The refurbishment is part of BoU’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme that has a series of activities ongoing to mark 50 years of the existence of central bank.
Apart from the intervention in the health sector, BoU’s CSR activities also include planting of trees in the urban centres that host our upcountry offices as a contribution to operationalising the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS).
The aim of the CSR event was to raise funds for maternal and child health care in Mbarara, Mbale, Arua and Gulu where the Bank has presence.
Speaking at the function deputy governor, Dr. Louis Kasekende, said Bwizibwera Health Centre IV was identified as the beneficiary to the Bank’s donation after consultation with Mbarara District Officials.
“We chose the health sector because it would benefit a large segment of the population and mirror the BoU’s national character and also because of the undeniable impact that improved health has on the growth of our country through improved labour productivity,” he said.
He said better health through easier access to quality health care can reduce the disease burden and the associated costs thereby allowing more time for households to attend to economic activities, earn more and perhaps save and invest more.
“Various empirical research studies have found that health expenditures and health outcomes have significant impact on growth and incomes per capita, either directly or indirectly.”
He handed over the equipment to the rehabilitated Bwizibwera Maternal and Child Health Unit to the district leadership and the community. The donation includes medical equipment , water harvest system, solar system and outdoor bathrooms and toilet, among others.