For the last 3 years, the Rotary fraternity in Uganda has been holding its annual flagship Rotary cancer run whose proceeds have gone towards the construction of the Rotary Centenary Cancer Centre at St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya. The Centre was completed and officially handed over to Nsambya Hospital on 7th July, 2015 at a ceremony presided over by the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi.
On Sunday August 30th, 2015 all roads led to Kololo Ceremonial grounds where the 2015 Rotary cancer run was held. This year’s run had 20,000 participants from overseas and mostly from various corporate companies including our very own Cipla Quality Chemical Industries. The theme for the cancer run was “I am running for blood”, where CiplaQCIL made a Gold sponsorship of 20 million shillings to this cause. The run was able to raise about 250 million and this money will be used to construct a blood bank at Mengo hospital to supplement the existing Uganda Blood Transfusion Services.
One of the biggest problems faced by our country is the shortage of blood supplies. According to World Health Organization (WHO) standards, Uganda needs at least 300,000 units of safe blood per year to meet the minimum requirement. However, due to inadequate funding, only 250,000 units are collected annually which leaves the country with a huge blood stock gap of approximately 100,000 units of blood excluding emergencies.
It’s for the above reasons that Rotary in Uganda initiated an idea of constructing a Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital, Kampala during the Rotary year 2013/14 under the governorship of our Executive Chairman Emmanuel Katongole. The Blood Bank will be a 7,500 sq. ft. centrally air-conditioned state-of-the-art facility set up on 800 sq. meters in Mengo Hospital, Kampala. Mengo Hospital provided the land where the said blood bank will be built. Ground breaking for this Project was done on 11th August 2015 and completion is anticipated in March 2016.