KAMPALA, June 12, 2020―Kansai Plascon Uganda (“Kansai Plascon”), subsidiary of Japanese paint company
Kansai Paint Co., Ltd., announced a donation of 4,000 litres of the company’s Anti Mosquito Paint to the Ministry of Education and Sports for use in schools. Additionally, in support of the government’s fight against COVID-19, Kansai Plascon has also made available 20,000 face masks to support school staff as they prepare for the reopening of schools. The donation was facilitated by the Japanese government and formalised at a ceremony attended by the Honourable Dr. John Muyingo, Uganda State Minister for Higher Education and Mr. Mizumoto Horii, Deputy Head of the Japanese Embassy in Uganda at the office of the Prime Minister.
The contribution is a reinforcement of Kansai Plascon’s fight against the prevalence of malaria cases in the country whilst creating a safe learning environment at local schools amidst the global pandemic. The Ugandan-made Anti Mosquito Paint will be distributed to Gayaza High School, Mt. St Mary’s College Namagunga, and Nabisunsa Girls School. The company aims to support the repainting of these schools within the month before their expected reopening in July.
First released in 2019 in Uganda to help the country meet its goal of eradicating malaria by 2021, Anti Mosquito Paint is an innovative product that was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health as well as other agencies and stakeholders. It is free of lead and heavy metals and is certified safe to use by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the National Drug Authority.
On this occasion, the Uganda Minister of Education and Sports, the Honourable Janet Museveni mentioned, “We appreciate Kansai Plascon’s contribution to the pupils and teachers of Uganda. The safety and wellbeing of our children and educators are of the utmost importance as we look ahead to reopening our schools nationwide.”
The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, His Excellency Ambassador Kazuaki Kameda, said, “Kansai Plascon’s Anti Mosquito Paint is a great example of how Japanese technology can contribute to Ugandan society and the education of its children who will be forging its future. I am pleased that the Japanese government has been able to play a role in making this happen.”
Kansai Paint Co., Ltd., Director and Managing Executive Officer Jun Senoo, remarked, “We are fully aware of the challenges faced by Uganda and the rest of the world during these trying times and especially the impact it has on primary and secondary education. We hope that this contribution will offer pupils and teachers extra protection once they return back to the classroom.”