Red Cross awarded for MDG role
Posted Friday, October 18 2013 at 01:00
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) will today be awarded the annual 2013 Pearl of Africa Life Time Achievement award for its contribution towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to a statement yesterday, Ms Catherine Ntabadde, the society’s spokesperson, said the award will be handed over to Mr Michael Richard Nataka, the URCS secretary general.
Mr Nataka was voted by Ugandans for his role in ensuring that the organisation makes a contribution to attain the goals. According to Public Opinions, a company that conducted the research countrywide, people nominated and voted personalities they consider to be key contributors towards the social-economic transformation of Uganda and attainment of the MDGs.
The goals were formed by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, among others by 2015. Red Cross activities that have contributed to the attainment of goals include interventions in immunisation, malaria control, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, water and sanitation, a statement from the agency read.
The organisation has also helped in emergencies like responding and combating deadly epidemics like Hepatitis, ebola, cholera, meningitis and plague. “URCS is strengthening its disaster preparedness and response units countrywide and heavily investing in community resilience. Communities are imparted with practical skills on how best to manage disasters, later on recover from them,” it reads in part.
The award comes as a sigh of relief for the agency which has been cast in the spotlight in recent months after the Uganda Revenue Authority officials raided the home of Mr Nataka in Bunga, a city suburb, to conduct a search of allegedly smuggled goods worth Shs800m.
Mr Mutaka denied the claims that he planned to evade taxes and insists the consignment in question, which comprised of an ambulance was designated to the URCS’s Africa Youth Leadership Training Centre in Mukono.