Diamond Trust Bank Uganda and URCS Join Hands To Save More Lives in Ugnda

Thursday, 24 March 2022 08:37 Written by

Diamond Trust Bank Uganda (DTBU) has signed a three (3) years humanitarian partnership with Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) aimed at saving lives. The partnership was entered today with a sign-off of the Memorandum of Understanding at the DTBU head offices on Kampala road.

The three years’ partnership is a commitment by DTBU management and staff on serving a healthy community. Under the MOU DTB will participate in saving more lives in Uganda through countrywide blood donor recruitment and mobilization, financial literacy trainings and Community volunteerism reach out activities working hand in hand with Uganda Red Cross Society.

While signing the partnership Memorandum of Understanding at the DTB offices today, Robert Kwesiga, Secretary General of Uganda Red Cross welcomed DTB on board as one of the corporate partners joining the National Society to support a humanitarian cause that will see more lives saved.

“URCS collaborates with a diversified portfolio of partners including the Government of Uganda, the United Nations, Red Cross National Societies, Civil Society organizations and private corporate entities among others. Having Diamond Trust Bank Uganda join the humanitarian cause to save more lives is uplifting the humanitarianism banner in Uganda, which we can only deliver through a multi-sectoral approach that not only involves organizations but individuals as well”. Kwesiga said.

Mr. Varghese Thambi Managing Director Diamong Trust Bank Uganda
signing the partnership papers.

Diamond Trust Bank Uganda Managing Director, - Varghese Thambi said, ‘We are in partnership with Uganda Red Cross Society to deepen our vision – Enabling people to advance with success and confidence. Good life, good health means wellbeing of society and a great business environment.

“We are committing to work with Uganda Red Cross Society and any other partner in the humanitarian space to positively impact on lives. When we operate in a healthy society we are sure business will grow and have a better economy,’ he adds.

DTBU has 34 branches across the country and will work with URCS’ 51 branches to be able to drive blood donation, build financial inclusions through Financial Literacy trainings and other initiatives under the signed MOU. DTBU is now a Corporate Member of the Uganda Red Cross and the membership will culminate into Volunteer opportunities for staff of DTB who will also offer various services within the community across the Country.

About Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross Society is a membership humanitarian organization incorporated in 1964, by an enactment of the Red Cross Act, Cap 57 of the laws of Uganda. Uganda Red Cross Society plays an auxiliary role to the Government of Uganda, to support humanitarian and emergency causes across the country in an impartial and independent manner, irrespective of race, nationality, ethnic background, political opinions or religious affiliations. URCS currently has 450,000 registered members and volunteers countrywide with Ten (10) Million beneficiaries and people reached during the period 2020 – 2021.

Mr. Robert Kwesiga Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society
signing the partnership papers.

About DTB

Diamond Trust Bank Uganda (DTBU) is a member of the Aga Khan Development foundation with offices in Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda. DTBU has 34 branches, 51 ATMs and over 600 Agents across the country. Founded in 1946, DTB is regulated by the Bank of Uganda and offers an array of banking services to the population. The bank is an equal opportunities employer with 54% female staff with a mission; Make our customers prosper, staff excel and create value for our stakeholders.

For more information, contact:

Irene Nakasiita,

Head Communications, Resource Mobilization & Partnerships
Uganda Red Cross Society
Tel: 0755 000 695
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DTBU contact

Samuel Matekha Shikhongola,
Head Marketing and Communication
Diamond Trust Bank Uganda
Tel: +256 772 427188 / 0750427188
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MTN Foundation Joins Uganda Red Cross to support Kisoro mudslides

Saturday, 12 February 2022 16:21 Written by
Charles Komakech from the Office of the Prime Minister making his
remarks during the Cheque hand over.

MTN Foundation Joins Uganda Red Cross to support Kisoro mudslides and floods affected families, donates 51.2 million Shillings through the Uganda Red Cross.

Through their CSR arm, the MTN Foundation has this morning handed a dummy cheque worth 51,200,000/- to the Uganda Red Cross and OPM in a boardroom event that took place at MTN Headquarters, along Old Port-bell road, Kampala. The MTN General Manager for Corporate affairs Enid Edroma handed the dummy Cheque to Robert Kwesiga, Uganda Red Cross Secretary-General, and Charles Komakech - who represented the Ag. Commissioner - Office of the Prime Minister. While receiving the Cheque, Kwesiga thanked MTN Foundation for always coming through very fast to support the people of Uganda whenever a disaster occurs, and more so, through the Uganda Red Cross. ”We have always had a relationship with MTN in supporting disaster-affected communities in Uganda. Seeing MTN coming through to support the Kisoro community is a very great gesture considering the challenging times of COVID-19. Thank you for trusting the Red Cross and the OPM team to reach the affected people.” Kwesiga also added that according to Red Cross standard operating procedures, the response to disasters should be within the first 12 hours after the disaster occurs. And that is what the Red Cross did in Kisoro. “We delivered relief within 12 hours, although we supported 300/800 families. We selected the most vulnerable. With this additional support, we can reach more 500 and this will enable affected families to develop coping mechanisms.” Kwesiga added.

L-R Robert Kwesiga URCS Secretary General recieving a dummy Cheque from
the MTN General Manager Corporate affairs Enid Edroma at the MTN offices.

Enid Edroma, the MTN General Manager of Corporate Affairs thanked the Red Cross for always being first responders whenever disasters occur and appreciated the good working relationship exhibited with the Foundation over the years. “We are happy to also make a contribution of 51, 200, 00/= towards the Kisoro disaster response. We trust that the Red Cross will do a great job. We have always supported the Government too in a number of emergencies, including the Bunambutye resettlements for people affected by landslides in Bududa, who were moved to Bunambutye, the people who were relocated to Kiryandongo, among others.” Edroma noted

Charles Komaketch who represented the office of the Prime Minister, department of disaster response appreciated MTN and Red Cross for the good working relationship that yields support to affected families. “MTN supports the people of Uganda when disasters occur. We want to thank you for the support, and thank the Red Cross for the role they play in the disaster response operations in the Country.”

Uganda Red Cross will deliver more relief to cover about 500 people who did not benefit from the initial support delivered on 26th, 27th, and 28th January 2022. Within 12 hours after the floods and mudslides incident that hit Kisoro district late last month, Uganda Red Cross delivered 300 Nonfood relief Item Kits to the most affected families in Kisoro. 9 lives were claimed in this incident and the Red Cross provided dead body bags, offered psychosocial support and continues to work with the district disaster management committee for Kisoro to strengthen district contingency plans and response capacities.

URCS presented a token of appreciation to MTN Foundation

URC delivers relief aid to 300 disaster affected families in Kisoro

Friday, 28 January 2022 08:34 Written by
Uganda Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Officer supporting one of
the beneficiries to carry his Non food Items

Uganda RedCross delivers relief aid to 300 disaster affected families in Kisoro Due to torrential rains, areas around Mt. Muhabura in Kisoro district, western Uganda experienced flooding and mudslides on Tuesday 25.1.2022.

Over 800 people were affected, with 9 dead. A Joint assessment of the affected area was conducted involving the Uganda RedCross, Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), the Police, Wild life Authority, Kisoro District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) led by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and members of the affected communities.

The affected Sub-Counties include Nyarusiza, Muramba and Bunagana. Uganda Red Cross Response Uganda Red Cross Kisoro branch Volunteers led by the Branch Manager responded immediately to support emergency evacuations, search and rescue for the missing persons, offered psycho-social support among immediate actions.

The Branch also provided 9 dead body bags to aid the decent management of the retrieved bodies. Relief Aid On Wednesday 26.1.2022, Uganda Redcross with support from European Union (ECHO) through a consortium with Netherlands Red Cross, International Federation of the Redcross / RedCrescent activated immediate response within 24 hours. "300 most affected families were selected for this relief aid.

We have coordinated with the Office of Prime Minister who will also be sending more support in form of food and non food relief to the affected communities. We thank our partners who enable us to have pre-positioned relief stock that we can immediately utilize when such disasters occur.

One of the houses that were submerged by landslides

This support supplements what we have already offered as life saving interventions and we believe this will enable them develop coping mechanisms. " Irene Nakasiita, Uganda Red Cross Spokes Person. Honorable Esther Anyakun, the Minister of State for Disasters from the Office of the Prime Minister joined the response and appreciated the fast response made by the Uganda Red Cross Society. "We thank Red Cross for coming in so fast to save the situation.

The Government through the Office of the Prime Minister has also prepared food and non food relief kits and this will be coming through soon. We have also prepared 500,000/= for every family that lost someone and I am here to pass on the condolences to the families. We will work with your district leadership and Members of Parliament from your district to see how to find land and relocate the displaced families." Anyakun added.

The district leadership mentioned that this is the first kind of heavy flooding and mudslide disaster they have experienced since time in memorial. "We request the Government to support us to establish the cause and source of the mud and such heavy flooding. We have failed to know where this water came from. We need experts to come and go to the mountains to conduct thorough research.

We also request a team from all concerned Ministries of Government to come for a Joint assessment exercise to help us restore the affected infrastructure. We need roads, water sources, livelihoods and all Government departments and Ministries responsible should come in to help us." Said Hon. Sarah Mateke, Woman MP for Kisoro, who also doubles as the Minister of State for Youths. With support from EU - ECHO through a consortium coordinated by Netherlands Red Cross & IFRC, Uganda Red Cross is supporting different districts to strengthen Disaster Preparedness & Response and Kisoro is one of them.

Hon Esther Anyakun (Middle) supporting relief distribution in Kisoro

Kisoro has been supported to re-activate the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), development of a Multi hazard District Contingency Plan (DCP) in line with the Disaster Policy of Uganda 2011. The Contingency plans developed in the districts are coordinated by the District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) with the support of Uganda Red Cross and other partners.

The timely activation of the Contingency Plan informed the early response to the Kisoro floods and mudslide incident within 24 hours. Uganda Red Cross used pre-positioned stock from Kabarole Ware House and quickly deployed a trained team of fast Responders to support the affected communities.

Red Cross will soon activate a Crisis Modifier to enable access to Multi-Purpose Cash to support families that lost businesses and livelihoods. "Cash enables affected families to make choices of what they need to buy amidst disasters.

This allows them a chance to maintain their dignity, as opposed to predetermined relief which may not necessarily address the immediate needs of the people." Frank Namara - ECHO supported Consortium Manager - Disaster Preparedness & Response

Uganda Red Cross Responds to Bomb Explosions in Kampala

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 08:32 Written by
Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps in putting extinguishing a care on
fire after the bomb explosion

Uganda Red Cross Responds to Bomb Explosions in Kampala Kampala – November 16th, 2021 Time check 12:00 PM Uganda Red Cross has today responded and supported 17 causalities who were injured in the bomb explosion in Kampala.

Other responders such as the Police have also handled other cases and numbers are likely to change. Today, 2 bomb explosion incidents were reported in Kampala at about 10:00 AM.

One was reported around the Central Police Station, and another at Jubilee Insurance building along Parliamentary Avenue. Our Response 17 cases were handed by the Red Cross emergency response team. 12 were critical and referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital 5 received on scene care and were discharged Ambulances deployed - 3 First responders and Emergency Medical technicians – 50 Response in coordination with Police, Ministry of Health, and KCCA.

One ambulance deployed at Nansana where another bomb scare has been reported at 12:40PM

Uganda Red Cross First Aid responders giving attending to one of the
victims of the Bomb explosion

WHO WE ARE

The Uganda Red Cross is a local humanitarian agency that responds to emergencies in the country to save lives of vulnerable people. We are established by an Act of Parliament in Uganda in 1964.

(The Red Cross Act, Cap57), a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that draws mandates from the Geneva Conventions and additional protocols.

Mission: To fulfil the URCS mandate and obligation in delivering quality and sustainable humanitarian assistance.

Vision: A Partner of Choice in Uganda in Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities, and Promoting Human Dignity.

Bomb explosion in Kampala
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URCS Contacts

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road.
P.O. Box 494, Kampala Uganda.
Tel:     (256) 414 258701
Tel:     (256) 414 258702
Email: sgurcs@redcrossug.org

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