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POLISH DELEGATION BRIEFS AMBASSADOR TIBALEKA ON PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIALIZED TEACHING HOSPITAL IN UGANDA

Thursday, 16th July 2020
Mr. Robert Orczechowski, CEO, VERMARI Group, H.E. Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka and Ms Katarzyna Weclawek, Director, ALVO Limited
H.E. Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka, Uganda's Ambassador to Germany and who is also accredited to Poland among others, has met a group of Polish investors to discuss plans of establishing a specialized teaching hospital in Mbarara, Uganda. The Polish investors included Mr. Robert Orczechowski, CEO, VERMARI Group, Ms Katarzyna Weclawek, Director, ALVO Limited and Mr. Julius Zellah, Chairman, Light of Africa Foundation.

In their briefing, the delegation informed Ambassador Tibaleka that the idea of establishing a specialized teaching hospital was conceived in 2016, by Good Care Uganda Foundation, a Non-Government Organization operating in Uganda. Good Care Uganda Foundation engaged with partners in Poland and was able to identify a line of financing provided by Government of Poland.

In 2017, a delegation from Uganda comprising of officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and Ministry of Education travelled to Poland to carry out due diligence and visit interested companies that were ready to invest in Uganda.

In June 2018, upon invitation by Good Care Foundation, Polish companies visited Uganda and met with officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Makerere Medical University Hospital etc.

On 2nd February 2019, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda met with the Polish delegation at State House, Entebbe, to discuss the proposed 1,000 bed capacity project that would be implemented under the PPP model to "Build, Operate and Transfer." It was agreed that the project would be implemented as a Mbarara University Highly Specialised Teaching Hospital. 

The Polish delegation further informed their host that the project would include components of specialized training, research for drug development and development, highly specialized medical care, highly advanced research and innovation in health and internship training.

Ambassador Tibaleka, on his part, thanked the Polish investors for coming all the way to brief him on the progress of the project. He said that he looked forward to witnessing the establishment of the proposed centre of excellence for specialized training and research in health sciences. He added that the centre of excellence would bring reduction in government expenditure and that the project would enhance the staffing levels of physicians in the country. He was pleased to note that the project would be fully funded by a soft loan from the Government of Poland to the Government of Uganda, based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) regulations.

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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