Dr Robert Kalyesubula tests the blood pressure level of a patient. He set up health projects to help the people in Nakaseke. Photos by Rachael Mabala
By Gloria haguma
Posted Monday, November 25 2013 at 02:00
IN SUMMARY Robert Kalyesubula, the founder of the African Community Centre for Social Sustainability, has set up health-related self-help projects that have had great impact in the lives of the people of Nakaseke, especially those infected and affected by HIV/Aids.
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