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Airtel Uganda in Connectivity Drive as it launches Mast in Palabek Refugee Settlement

Holds two-day health camp in the settlement

Airtel Uganda has today scaled up its commitment to improve lives of Ugandans by launching a network site and kicking off a two-day health camp in Palabek Refugee Settlement in Lamwo District.

The network site and the health camp are intended to promote connectivity and better livelihoods in the settlement and the surrounding areas of Northern Uganda respectively.

(L – R) OPM’s Godfrey Byaruhanga, UCC’s Nyombi Tembo and Airtel MD V.G. Somasekhar officially launch the new network mast in Palabek Refugee settlement

Attended by Airtel Uganda staff alongside officials from Uganda Communications Commission, the Office of the Prime Minister and local area leaders, the mast launch and health camp are part of Airtel’s ongoing efforts to ensure affordable and reliable countrywide coverage of voice & internet services as well as the provision of much needed health services to different communities across Uganda.

“With connectivity, communities in and around Palabek Refugee Settlement, will be able to improve their lives through trade, education and commerce and full offerings of Airtel Uganda’s reliable network,” commented Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar.

Airtel Uganda MD showcases some of the services being offered at the health camp in Palabek refugee camp

The Guest of Honor and Director for the Rural Development Fund (RCDF) at the Uganda Communications Commission Mr. Nyombi Tembo applauded Airtel Uganda for “…..its role in the rural-urban transition of Uganda by providing reliable telecommunications services and ensuring the population is healthy enough to utilize them.”


Airtel Uganda has expanded its telecom network across Northern Uganda. The entire network is 100% mobile broadband ensuring high speed internet.

The site launched today is serving the host community and refugees at Palabek, Lamwo District.

Located in Lamwo District – in the northern part of Uganda – Palabek is the newest refugee settlement established in April this year. It is currently hosting more than 34,000 South Sudanese refugees. Uganda is said to be home to more than 1.4 million refugees and in today’s world, connectivity is the first step towards accessing basic needs.

The Guest of Honor and Director RCDF at UCC Mr. Nyombi Tembo addresses guests at the event to launch a new network mast in Palabek Refugee settlement

“Our decision to hold a health camp in Palabek is in line with our goal of enhancing and bettering the lives of Ugandans technologically, financially, social-economically as well as in health-related initiatives,” Somasekhar concluded.

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