“By Donating Blood, We are Not just Saving lives, We’re giving Love and Joy” -Wim Vanhelleputte CEO MTN Uganda

MTN Chief Financial Officer, Mike Blackburn, working while giving blood
MTN Chief Financial Officer, Mike Blackburn, giving blood

MTN Uganda in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion has launched a ten-day blood donation drive to enable the availability of blood. The drive started today at the MTN Nyonyi Gardens with staff members turning up to donate blood. The aim of the drive is to help with efforts to deal with the blood shortage that exists in the country.

“Uganda is suffering a shortage of blood and what is important is that you, me and every able Ugandan can do something about it by joining the MTN Blood Drive. By donating blood, we are not just saving lives, we’re giving love and joy,” said Wim Vanhelleputte the CEO MTN Uganda, in a message to MTN staff as he encouraged them to be part of the drive.

According to UBTS, on top of there being a blood shortage, there is need for hospitals to have a steady supply of blood because it is one way of saving lives. Estimates from UBTS indicate that on annual basis, about 340,000 units of blood are required. However, UBTS is only able to raise about 200,000 units, leaving a shortage of over 100,000 units. That explains the importance of the blood donation drives.

“The burden for us is big and since blood can only collected from people, we would like to encourage everybody who is able, to turn up and donate. This will enable us deal with the current shortage of blood in the country. We appreciate the effort by MTN Uganda to ensure that this shortage is reduced,” said Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune, Director of UBTS.

The people often in need of the blood include children, pregnant mothers and accident victims, those undergoing surgery, sicklers and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

“There is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of several Ugandans by joining the MTN Blood Drive. Our aim is to be able to collect as much blood as possible in order to save a life. This blood drive has been organized at an opportune time in our year—just before the festive season, where it is critical to have a well-stocked blood bank to supply hospitals countrywide. For the next ten days, we are ensuring that there are several venues where the public can easily donate blood,” explained Dr. Paula Munderi, Trustee of the MTN Foundation.

The drive is being spearheaded by the MTN Foundation, the charity arm of MTN Uganda.

The MTN Blood Drive locations:

MTN Nyonyi Gardens, Kololo Friday 1st & Monday 4th December 2017
MTN HQ (Fmr BAT), Jinja Road Monday 4th– Friday 8th December 2017
Constitutional Square Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December 2017
St. Balikuddembe Market Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December 2017
Shoprite Ben Kiwanuka Street Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December 2017
Mukwano Arcade Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December 2017
Watoto Church, Kampala Rd Thursday 7th – Friday 8th December 2017
Kibuye Roundabout Thursday 7th – Friday 8th December 2017
Nakawa Market Thursday 7th – Friday 8th December 2017
MTN Service Centre Kyaggwe Road Thursday 7th – Friday 8th December 2017
Lugogo Mall Parking Lot Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th December 2017
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