The National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC) has partnered with Hospice Africa Uganda.
The partnership involves NIC staff volunteering at the Hospice offices and running donation drives within the organisation and among the NIC community on social media.Ms Pamela Abonyo, the NIC’s senior manager corporate communications, hands over an assortment of items to Dr. Eddie Mwebesa, the clinical director and member of the Chief Executive Team at Hospice Africa Uganda, in Kampala on Wednesday. Under the partnership, NIC staff will volunteer at the HAU offices and run donation drives within the organisation and among the NIC community on social media
The Managing Director of NIC, Mr. Bayo Folayan, said: “This is in line with NIC’s community development programme through capacity building and fundraising to ensure sustainability of the partnership.”
Mr Folayan thanked Hospice Africa Uganda for partnering with NIC in a cause that is close to the community and noted that this is not a one-off, but a long-term partnership.
“Our vision in supporting the Hospice Africa Uganda is to create an enabling environment for those in palliative care to be comfortable and support organisations which provide this valuable service,” Mr Folayan added at the NIC offices in Kampala.
This year, NIC is celebrating 50 years of service, and this is part of the corporation’s activities for the anniversary celebrations.
“Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the struggles associated with life-threatening illness by holistically addressing their physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. HAU’s approach includes direct service delivery, training and supporting partner organisations to integrate palliative care into their services, and advocacy for palliative care. We are delighted that NIC is supporting us in our efforts,” said HAU’s Amy Petersen.
In a related development, NIC is involved in other CSR projects such as: NIC first Insured the Uganda Cranes in 2008 and continues to do so to uplift the standard of sports in Uganda as part of the company’s community development program.
The NIC netball team contributed over 80% of the Uganda She Cranes who are currently ranked number 14th in the World after beating hosts Singapore 52-29 in the final to lift the crown at the Nations Cup 2013. It has also scooped various victories locally and internationally.
“Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) is a model palliative care organization for sub-Saharan Africa. Hospice Africa Uganda, started in 1993 with the aim of supporting affordable, suitable, and accessible palliative care for those in need in Uganda and other African countries and has served over 25,000 patients.