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Thursday, 25th May 2017

The Uganda Police force together with the Association of Muslim physicians without borders signed an MoU on the establishment and management of Uganda-Iran Health Centre at Naguru, Kampala at a ceremony which took place yesterday the 23rd May, 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ceremony was witnessed by the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In attendance was, the Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force Gen. Kale Kayihura, The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb. Patrick Mugoya, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda, H.E Seyed Morteza Mortazavi, out-going Ambassador of Uganda to Iran, Amb. Dr. M.A Kisuule, the Chairperson of the Board of Muslim Physicians without Borders Dr. Shahram Pourjahani, the Director, Police Health Services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga and AIGP Andrew Sorowen. 

The Agreement was developed against the backdrop of the 24th April 2010 official visit by H.E. Dr.Mahmood Ahmadinejad former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Among the achievements of the visit was the signing of an MOU on Health Cooperation between the two countries. Article 1 paragraph 1.4 indicates that an Addendum giving details on the cooperation was meant to be signed. 

Speaking on behalf of the Uganda Embassy in Tehran, out-going Ambassador Dr. M.A. Kisuule informed the participants that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Embassies of both countries had effectively played their role in ensuring that both parties fulfilled their obligations underlined in the original MOU. The Uganda Police gave land for the construction of the clinic and cleared the construction material sent from Iran while the Iranian government met the cost of construction. Modern equipment and drugs were procured and sent to Uganda by the Association of Muslim Physicians Without Borders and Uganda Police cleared them from customs.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb Patrick Mugoya thanked the political leadership of the two countries for their visionary and able leadership which had led to the successful execution o f the MoU. He also thanked the IGP for helping in the acquisition of modern health equipment for the Health Centre, "an achievement that will go down in the books of history" he said. Amb Mugoya extended his thanks to the leadership of the Association of Muslim Physicians Without Borders for choosing Uganda as the first African country for investment and introducing their professional services. He also extended thanks to the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority for the unique cooperation and facilitation extended to the Association of Muslim Physicians Without Borders and consequently the award of an investment license.

Dr. Shahram Pourjahani, head of the Association of Muslim physicians without borders hailed the President of Uganda H.E. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for ushering in peace and security that fosters Economic growth. He further thanked the IGP and other stakeholders for their tireless efforts in ensuring that establishing the Uganda-Iran Health centre becomes a reality.

On his part, the Ambassador of Iran appreciated the efforts of the officials in Uganda, the Inspector General of Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador of Uganda to Iran, Amb. M.A. Kisuule for the active support for the realization of the project. He extended his deep appreciation to Muslim Physicians Without Borders whose actions he described as "pursuing an act of the conscience and a divine assignment" for embarking on the project at a great sacrificial cost considering the fact that had they decided to invest in another sector, they would have earned ten times more than what is expected in the health center. Whereas the Health facility will have world class equipment, it will offer highly subsidized prices as it will be a non-profit facility. 

IGP Kale Kayihura who gave a vote of thanks, called upon Muslim physicians without borders to continue supporting the Uganda Police force in order to expand the health center into a hospital since it will be serving not only the police officers with their families but also the neighboring communities. He thanked Amb. Kisuule and Muslim Physicians without boarders for working together to achieve this dream.  He emphasized that that the project had laid a strong foundation for the realization of the vision of H.E The President of Republic of Uganda, of not only modernizing health services in the Uganda Police Force but also transferring skills to members of the Force and the Public. 

The official launching of this project will be held in the first week of July 2017. 



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