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Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law

08/01/2014 19:55 GMT

by Emmanuel LEROUX-NEGA

KAMPALA, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.

The legislation was signed by Uganda's veteran President Yoweri Museveni in February, recommending that homosexuals be jailed for life. It also outlawed the promotion of homosexuality and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities.

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa – Uganda takes action

MINISTRY OF HEALTH TAKES PREVENTIVE MEASURES ON EBOLA SPREAD

Three countries of West Africa, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra leon have for the last four months been devastated by an outbreak of Ebola epidemic. As of July 27th, there were 1,323 registered cases including 729 deaths.

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UNAIDS welcomes Uganda’s Constitutional Court decision to annul anti-homosexuality law

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GENEVA, 1 August 2014—UNAIDS welcomes the decision of Uganda’s Constitutional Court to overturn the law that called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’. Challenged by 10 petitioners including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.

“This is a great day for social justice,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The rule of law has prevailed.”

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Purchase for Progress (P4P) June 2014 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

Collaboration for improved nutrition in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia…pages 1-2

Improving community cohesion in post-conflict Liberia……………page 3

P4P highlighted on International Day of Cooperatives………..…pages 4-5

Spotlight on P4P in El Salvador……………………………………………pages 5

P4P contact information and news…………………………………………page 6

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Cell Towers Strengthen Security in DRC

Mobile phone technology increases communication and safety

July 2014—In December 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 civilians and abducted more than 250, including 80 children, in a massacre in Makambo, an isolated village deep in the forested area of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was one of the worst massacres in the LRA’s 23-year history. However, news of the event took three weeks to reach the outside world.

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RDC: lancers de tracts pour pousser les rebelles ougandais à se rendre

07/29/2014 09:57 GMT

KINSHASA, 29 juillet 2014 (AFP) - L'armée et la Mission de l'ONU en République démocratique du Congo ont lancé par hélicoptère des tracts pour pousser les rebelles islamistes ougandais de l'ADF à se rendre et à libérer les otages qu'ils détiennent dans l'est congolais, ont annoncé mardi les Nations Unies.

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Centrafrique : dans l'extrême Sud-Est, seules les armes parlent

07/25/2014 11:39 GMT

Par Christian Panika à Bangui, Jean-Pierre Campagne à Libreville

BANGUI, 25 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Des guérillas affaiblies mais toujours dangereuses, des corps expéditionnaires d'armées étrangères, des braconniers d'ivoire, des trafiquants de minerais: l'extrême Sud-Est centrafricain, coincé entre Soudan du Sud et République démocratique du Congo, est une zone de non droit, dans un pays en totale dérive.

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SEK 1.35 billion to new Development Cooperation Strategy for Uganda

The Government today adopted a new development cooperation strategy for Uganda for 2014-2018. Sweden's total support is estimated at SEK 1.35 billion (approx. 200 MUSD).

The aim is to improve child and maternal health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, sustainable growth and employment. The Government also wants to help strengthen respect for human rights.

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New School Removes Barrier To Learning For Uganda's Children

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The one-room, red-brick village school near the shores of Lake Victoria in Butembe, Uganda, fills quickly each morning as hundreds of children, barefoot and humbly dressed, file in and sit shoulder to shoulder on the packed earth floor to receive their lessons. One teacher provides instruction for 500 students from kindergarten to eighth grade in two shifts, with children waiting outside for their class to be called. There are no desks, chairs or books, only a solitary chalkboard at one end of the room used by the teacher to instruct them in reading and math.

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AIDS 2014: addressing the needs of people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years

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UNAIDS

With the AIDS epidemic having entered its fourth decade, and given the wider availability of life-saving treatment, there is now a growing number of people who have been living with HIV for 20 years or more. Some have been born with the virus and are surviving into adulthood, while others are members of an ageing HIV population. According to a panel discussion that took place on 22 July at AIDS 2014, much more must be done to include the needs and concerns of both groups in a comprehensive AIDS response.

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Global Fund Mid-2014 Results Factsheet

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The Global Fund

The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year. In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent. In addition, 11.9 million people have been treated for tuberculosis in programs supported by the Global Fund.

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Global Fund Results Show Strong Gains

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The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year.

In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent.

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Council Conclusions on the Great Lakes Region , 22 July 2014

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European Union

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Brussels, 22 July 2014

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

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Kenyan refugees cry for help to come back home

In Summary

  • She is one of an estimated 1,500 Kenyans living in the camp; these are the remnants of about 4,000 refugees who crossed into Uganda at the height of the 2007-2008 post-election violence that displaced at least 600,000 Kenyans. The ones who crossed the border had mostly fled from their homes in western Kenya, but many have since returned to their motherland.

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Doctors Without Borders Calls for Wider Access to Vaccines for Children in Emergencies

PARIS/NEW YORK—Approximately 10,000 refugee children in a camp in northern Uganda will begin receiving vaccinations against pneumococcal disease, one of the leading causes of death for children living in refugee camps, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Mèdecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.

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Purchase for Progress (P4P) June 2014 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

Lessons learned on promoting women’s empowerment…………pages 1-2

P4P supports FAO and IFAD initiatives in Sierra Leone………page 3

Local procurement models for African governments……………pages 4-5

Spotlight on P4P in Uganda……………………………………………pages 5

P4P contact information and news…………………………………page 6

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Feed the Future Fellow Promotes Food Security and Nutrition among Children in Ugandan Primary Schools

One of the ways Feed the Future supports better nutrition and food security is by increasing the number of agricultural scientists and strengthening scientific institutions in developing countries. To learn more about what that looks like in practice, Feed the Future talked to Richard Bukenya, a Fellow with the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development program, who is working to improve nutrition for in Uganda through his research at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Q: Tell us about your research objectives in a nutshell.

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Building Uganda’s Next Generation of Nutrition Leaders

Every year, Uganda’s universities graduate more than 60 students with degrees in nutrition and high hopes of helping their local communities tackle challenges such as undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition. Although the universities’ curricula provide graduates with a solid theoretical grounding in nutrition, it hasn’t always been easy to put classroom learning into practice.

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S. Sudan refugees accuse government of intimidation

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Sudan Tribune

July 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Refugees at a resettlement camp in Uganda’s Kiryandongo district have accused the South Sudanese government of intimidation, saying they feared for their own safety.

The accusation came after team of officials from the embassy of South Sudan in Kampala flew to the camp on Wednesday to conduct training between members of the Dinka and Nuer tribes.

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Sida : peut-être la fin de l'épidémie dans une quinzaine d'années (ONU)

07/16/2014 12:39 GMT

Par Agnes Pedrero

GENÈVE, 16 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Les décès liés au sida dans le monde ont chuté de plus de 30% en 10 ans, tout comme le nombre de nouvelles infections par le VIH, laissant espérer que l'épidémie puisse être vaincue d'ici à 2030 grâce notamment à une généralisation du dépistage, a indiqué mercredi l'Onusida.

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