Gagamel boss Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool is on cloud nine after receiving over Shs1.48 billion (USD400,000) from Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative to fight Tuberculosis in Uganda.
The singer also an ambassador for TB in the country recently traveled to Vietnam to lobby funds for his Amber Heart Foundation, a Non-profit organization that is aimed at funding and supporting people living with the killer disease.
And through this social media platform on Monday, Bebe Cool confirmed that it all went well, and he managed to receive a grant that will help him and his foundation to run their TB operations well.
“I am happy to inform you that I officially received a grant 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. The TB Reach Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” he noted.
The singer revealed that this grant has come at the right time when his Foundation needed finances to help them in boasting TB health care in different regions like Kampala, Jinja and Mbarara.
“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 recognizes such efforts and decided to chip in, this is a great boast for our health care system,” he said.
According to Bebe Cool, statistics prove that 80,000 Ugandans die of Tuberculosis annually yet the disease is treatable in all government facilities and for free.
“It is so 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 their loved ones. Amber Hearts Foundation using this grant comes in to feel the gap of awareness and mobilization of people for testing and treatment,” he said.
Bebe Cool has been involved in many charity campaigns, like he recently held a music show and donated the proceeds mounting to Shs60 million to facilitate the treatment of children with heart problems.
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