Our esteemed stakeholder,
I am delighted to inform you that Baylor- Uganda has continued growing in terms of tasks and responsibilities as well as partnerships. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) still remains our largest donor with a total contribution of 72% as at June 2019. We thank the American People for their generosity and support.
We are overjoyed we have continued to receive partnership and donor support. Among them is a three year partnership from UNICEF support for strengthening technical capacity for Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, child, and adolescent health, HIV/AIDS/TB, and Nutrition services in 18 districts in Eastern, Central, Midwestern and South western Uganda.
The other partnership is with ELMA Foundation (unfinished business). We are also grateful for the opportunity to implement the Global Fund and TASO three year project, whose objectives are to Strengthen Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), as well as strengthening Prevention programs for adolescents and youth in and out of school and for scaling up interventions that reduce human rights related barriers that reduce access to HIV services in fishing communities.
This is on top of our research partnerships like CAfGEN, DAIDS, ODYESSY Study, the new three year project, which among other issues will address the issues of adolescents in the selected 14 districts.
All these projects and partnerships are a true testimony of mutual trust that we are receiving from partners.
On my own behalf and staff, allow me express our heartfelt gratitude for this enormous trust we shall never take for granted.
We commit ourselves to delivering on our mandate with the highest level of integrity and good corporate governance principles embedded in the Board Governance charter and culture and other organisation policies.
We recently completed the NGO validation exercise with the National Bureau for Non-Governmental organisations, under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This we did in compliance with laws and regulations, as stipulated in the Non- Governmental Organisations Act 2016.
We do an annual external audits of our financial dealings to affirm our commitment to our values of Excellence, Accountability, Care and Integrity.
We have also extended the scrutiny of our Financial Reports to the distinguished Institute of Certified Public accounts of Uganda (ICPAU), where we participated in this year’s 9th edition of Financial Reporting (FiRE) Awards. The aim was to learn and get more mentorship and exposure to acceptable international financial reporting standards.
We believe that if we continuously demonstrate our competence and desire to work as a team, we shall achieve our mission of providing high quality, family centred pediatric and adolescent healthcare, education and clinical research worldwide.
I wish to wholeheartedly thank the Board for their untiring support. I welcome the new Board Members and further applaud the outgoing Board members for their unequalled contribution to Baylor-Uganda.
I thank the staff for their dedication to serve above and beyond the expectations of our clients. In our first year of implementing our new strategic plan, I am glad to inform you that we are on the right path on the delivery of our mandate.
I thank the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health for their constant guidance and support. We promise that we shall continue innovating ways of improving the health and wealth of the clients under our care.
We welcome any feedback. We welcome more partnership. We shall be happy to walk the journey to end the HIV/AIDS scourge on planet earth by 2030.
Dr. Adeodata R. Kekitiinwa