Friday, December 19, 2014

Walking for the Mother: Support for Maternal and Child Health Care

WRA members with their banner joined other citizens to walk for the mothers through the streets of Kanungu District Town. Photo by Cyprian Ntale

Report by Cyprian Ntale
WRA-Ug member
Kanungu District

Members of White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) for Safe Motherhood Uganda in Kanungu District participated in a charity walk dubbed "Walk for the Mother," to raise funds to support Rugyeyo Community Health Center in Kanungu District. The walk, which is part of the annual International Community of Banyakigezi meeting slated on 27th-28th December 2014, began in Kampala on December 6th (1st walk) and later went to Kanungu District on December 13th 2014. 

Kanungu District in south west Uganda will host this year's meeting with participants coming from all the four districts which make up Kigezi region i.e. Kanungu, Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro.

WRA members participated in both walks aimed at raising Shs 50 million. Professor Mondo Kagonyera and Rt Hon Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who was represented by Hon. Chris Baryomunsi were the chief walkers in Kanungu and Kampala respectively. Among other guests were; Bank of Uganda Governor Tumusiime Mutebile, Hon. Jack Sabiiti, Hon. Roland Mugume Kaginda and Mr Garuga Musinguzi. About Shs 25 million was raised at both walks.

Participants in the Walk for the Mother march in Kanungu to raise funds for a community health centre ahead of International Community of Banyakigezi Uganda chapter convention due on 27th December 2014 in Kanungu. Photo by Cyprian Ntale

Under the Saving Lives at Birth Project, WRA-Ug works together with AMREF Health Africa in Uganda and We Care Solar to light up health facilities with solar power, raise awareness and create demand for maternal and newborn health services and strengthening the health system in Kanungu, Kisoro, Rukungiri and Kabale districts.