Uganda Stop TB Partnership (USTP) in collaboration with their Geneva Partners United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have nominated Ugandan and African award winning Music artist Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool as a Tuberculosis (TB) Ambassador for Uganda.
Bebe Cool will be tasked with raising awareness about Tuberculosis and drawing the public attention towards its plight in Uganda.
He will be attending the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (UNHLM) to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 23 -27 September 2018. In this meeting Bebe Cool will be interfacing with international high level health funders from across the globe in a bid to lobby for funds to eradicate this killer disease.
The United Nations High Level Meeting on tuberculosis will among others aim to:
Provide a platform for TB Champions, celebrities and journalists to share their crucial work on TB ensure that we elevate TB visibility and awareness post UNHLM in every country.
Discuss post UNHLM activities for advocacy and awareness raising.
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious airborne disease transmitted through air from a known or unknown TB patient mainly through coughing, sneezing and talking. According to the Ministry of Health, in Uganda remains among the 30 high burden TB/HIV countries in the world. TB causes significant loss of lives and ill health to Ugandans
each year with 80,000 new TB cases much higher than HIV (60,000 new cases).
The Ministry of Health National TB and Leprosy Programme strategic plan 2015/16 – 2019/20 highlights the need to collaborate and engage with key stakeholders in ending the TB epidemic.
Upon being nominated as TB Ambassador for Uganda, Bebe Cool said; “ To support the Uganda Stop TB Partnership, Ministry of Health and UNOPS in the campaign to end Tuberculosis in Uganda is a big responsibility that me and many Ugandans should embark on to save lives that are lost each passing day because of this killer disease. “Am proud to take on this responsibility for my motherland Uganda,” Bebe Cool said.
Bebe Cool has also been concentrating on a number of charity drives. Last month he used part of the proceeds from his very successful Golden Heart Concert to send six (6) children with heart complicated problems to India for operation. These children are still undergoing operation.