This year, CiplaQCIL marked 10 years of providing access to quality affordable medicines. CiplaQCIL marked this momentous occasion with a blood donation drive at the factory premises. The blood donation drive brought together over 500 employees and 100 students from a community school, Bishop Cyprian Kihangire Secondary School in an atmosphere of celebration as they prepared to give blood through Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS).
CiplaQCIL chose to mark the 10 year milestone with a blood donation drive because the company wanted to say thank you by giving back in way of addressing a pressing problem in our society.
According to WHO, Uganda collects 250,000 units of safe blood per year which is 100,000 units less than the minimum requirement. This deficit has led to blood shortages in hospitals which have caused deaths that could have otherwise been prevented. By bringing together the community to donate blood to the country’s blood bank, CiplaQCIL has done its part and will continue doing its part in addressing major issues in our society.
“It has been 10 years of providing affordable medicines to adults and children of Uganda. Last year we manufactured malaria medicines that treated over 40 million people. Also 400,000 patients in Uganda were treated with our ARVs. We have now entered our second decade of business and we remain committed to providing quality affordable medicines for Uganda and Africa as a whole,” Nevin Bradford, CEO said.
At the event also, Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, the Executive Chairman offered two students, Semakula Gabriel and Aketch Oguta Grachel post-secondary scholarships to study in India on condition that they pass their final A’ Level exams with a First grade.
“I am currently on scholarship at Bishop Cyprian Kihangire SSS because it was difficult to raise school fees for my A’ Level . I’m happy that I have now also been offered a scholarship after A’ Level and that I can continue my education,” Semakula Gabriel said.
The day was capped off with a cake cutting and impromptu dance performances by the students.