Lango Cultural Foundation Gets UGX 10m for Health Care

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Cecilia Ajok, an officer from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development said the money is to facilitate the cultural institution in developing its operational and resource mobilization plans in four key thematic areas; maternal health, sexual gender based violence, teenage pregnancy and HIV.

Lango Cultural Foundation has received 10.4 million Shillings from United Nations Population Fund -UNFPA to promote health care services among its subjects. The money was deposited to the institution's bank account on Tuesday through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Cecilia Ajok, an officer from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development said the money is to facilitate the cultural institution in developing its operational and resource mobilization plans in four key thematic areas; maternal health, sexual gender based violence, teenage pregnancy and HIV.

Ajok observed that Cultural and Religious leaders command a lot of respect from their subjects and their role in promoting government development programs cannot be underestimated.

Ajok was on Tuesday meeting the cabinet committee of Lango Cultural Foundation at the Institution headquarters in Senior Quarters.
 
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Raymond Kwesiga, an officer from Aids Information Centre observes that the devastating effects of the high prevalence of HIV/Aids in Lango sub region continue to be felt. Kwesiga says at 8.3 percent against the national prevalence of 7.3 percent, cultural leaders in Lango sub region need to intensify efforts to end HIV.
 
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Dr Richard Nam, the Prime Minister of Lango Cultural Foundation commends government and United Nations Population Fund for identifying cultural institutions as key partners in promoting key development programs.

Dr Nam who confirms receipt of the said money argues that it will help to galvanize the key health issues amongst the Lango.
 
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Lango sub region with a population of about 2 million people is comprised of eight districts of Lira, Apac, Oyam, Otuke, Kole, Amolatar, Dokolo and Alebtong.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.