Princess Anne receives warm welcome on visit to Uganda

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The Princess Royal visited Nakivale refugee settlement, meeting with Wenzutu Women’s Group to see how Opportunity International provides inclusive financial services to families in the settlement. Photo credit: British High Commission in Uganda

The Princess Royal, accompanied by Sir Tim Laurence, is undertaking a four-day visit to Uganda in support of a number of her Patronages.

The Princess enjoyed a very warm welcome from the moment she arrived starting her visit at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Ugandan Research Unit. 

Her Royal Highness is Chancellor of LSHTM, and their Uganda unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence.

During the visit, The Princess toured the facilities and learnt more about the unit’s work to conduct high quality, energy efficient research that is contributing to the development of strong health policies for the control of infectious and non-communicable diseases.

Her Royal Highness later had an Audience with the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Mr. Yoweri Museveni.

As Patron of Opportunity International UK, Princess Anne also opened Opportunity Bank Uganda Nakivale Branch at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement UNHCR Base Camp.

Opportunity International is a charity that works alongside local partners to ensure that people have the access to loans, training and saving to help to help work their way out of poverty.

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the charity’s first bank in a refugee settlement.

In Sangano, The Princess met then members of the Wenzetu Women’s Group to discuss how Opportunity International has worked with the group to assist families of people with disabilities.

Her Royal Highness later visited Unleashed Youth Employment Project to meet refugee entrepreneurs who have benefitted from Opportunity Bank loans.

Photo credits: British High Commission in Uganda

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