The Executive Director of Amber Heart Foundation, Moses Sali also known as Bebe Cool has announced that the Foundation has won a USD 400,000 (Shs 1.4bn) grant to run a campaign aimed at fighting Tuberculosis in Uganda.
The grant was received from Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative at a ceremony that took place in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam.
“I am happy to inform you that I officially received a grant of close to $400,000 USD from. The TB REACH initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Bebe Cool noted on his social media platforms.
The singer said the grant will be used to support activities aimed at finding missing TB patients within the districts of Kampala, Jinja and Mbarara.
He said the grant is a result of a vigorous application exercise that saw The Amber Heart Foundation triumph over 600 applications that had to be chosen from all over the world.
“This is a great boost to my charity efforts,” Bebe Cool said.
“While for years I have been undertaking different charity works at my personal expense, it feels great when someone else recognizes such efforts and decides to chip in. This is a great boast for our health care system.”
About 80,000 Ugandans die of Tuberculosis annually yet this disease is treatable in all government facilities moreover for free, he said.
“It is also absurd that many of my fellow Ugandans do not know the symptoms of TB and never think of getting screened or tested until it is too late and they have passed it on to their loved ones,” Bebe Cool said.
Bebe Cool added that The Amber Heart Foundation will also use the grant to feel the gap of awareness and mobilisation of people for testing and treatment.
Last year, Bebe Cool was appointed Uganda’s Tuberculosis Ambassador and has been engaging in many charitable activities under his Amber Heart Foundation.
He held a charity concert at Kololo Independence Grounds in 2018 and would later donate over Shs 60m from proceeds, towards facilitating treatment of children with Heart defects.