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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.

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Somalia + 5 others
Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

Statement by the Governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen; the African Union; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees upon conclusion of Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in Addis Ababa on 20 August 2014

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Julius Okwera: A Survivor’s journey through pain, despair and hope!

There is nothing more powerful in life than a resilient human spirit and resolve. Mzee Julius Okwera’s story demonstrates why. Okwera a male survivor of rape from Northern Uganda was a victim of the infamous “tek-gungu” or “bend over” a term used by the locals in northern Uganda to describe the rape of men by some soldiers of the then National Resistance Army (NRA), current Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) in the early 1990s.

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Improving Agricultural Productivity in Uganda

Lindsay Carter, Program Analyst, Foreign Agricultural Service | U.S. Department of Agriculture | USDA Blog

Standing next to her healthy oxen, Grace Opono explains how new conservation techniques have doubled her maize yield over just two seasons. She is also earning a second income by providing tilling services to neighbors with her oxen. She tells me she can now afford to pay the school fees for her children and reinvest money in her land. This story of achievement shows that USDA’s Food for Progress Program is making a difference.

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Helping Uganda’s HIV positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Barbara Kemigisa used to call herself an “HIV/AIDS campaigner”. These days she would rather be known as an “HIV/AIDS family planning campaigner”.

“We need to reduce unplanned pregnancies and the HIV infection rate in our country,” Kemigisa told IPS during Uganda’s first national family planning conference on July 28. “It’s about dual protection.”

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Historic campaign delivers mosquito nets to every household across Uganda

The 16-month campaign represents a significant landmark in the country’s efforts towards malaria control, distributing one net for every two people, across the country.

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South Sudan + 2 others
South Sudan Crisis: What is happening in South Sudan?

South Sudan has had three turbulent years since gaining its independence in 2011. Violence erupted in December 2013 in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread across the country, forcing people to flee their homes and plunging the country into chaos. As a result of the conflict and displacement, people were largely unable to plant their crops in time for rainy season and now approximately four million people are in a severe state of food insecurity.

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Insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale

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Insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale

NAIROBI, 18 août 2014 (IRIN) - Quelque 20 millions de personnes sont en situation d'insécurité alimentaire aiguë en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale. Selon les organisations d'aide humanitaire, la plupart se trouvent à un niveau « de crise » ou « d'urgence ». Ce chiffre est bien plus élevé qu'en juillet 2013, quand l'insécurité alimentaire touchait 15,8 millions de personnes.

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Universal Net Campaign Completed in Uganda, with US, UK and Global Fund Support

Kampala – The U.S. Government, the United Kingdom (U.K.) Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria sealed their commitment to the fight against malaria in Uganda today by finalizing their contribution to the Government of Uganda’s Universal Coverage Campaign. Over 22 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention were distributed under the campaign, the largest universal coverage campaign worldwide, which began in the eastern part of the country and extended to the southwest, northern and the central regions.

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East AFrica breaks the silence on menstruation to keep girls in school

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 15 2014 (IPS) - When Peninah Mamayi got her period last January, she was scared, confused and embarrassed. But like thousands of other girls in the developing world who experience menarche having no idea what menstruation is, Mamayi, who lives with her sister-in-law in a village in Tororo, eastern Uganda, kept quiet.

“When I went to the toilet I had blood on my knickers,” she told IPS. “I was wondering what was coming out and I was so scared I ran inside the house and stayed there crying.

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Kony's LRA still holding on in Central Africa

08/15/2014 04:01 GMT

by Hervé BAR

LIBREVILLE, August 15, 2014 (AFP) - Down, but not out, the guerrillas of the Lord's Resistance Army, led by one of Africa's most brutal militia leaders Joseph Kony, are holding on in the Central African Republic with support from the rebels who temporarily seized power last year.

"Each week, the LRA raids a village in the bush, steals, rapes, kills and kidnaps," said Guillaume Cailleaux, a coordinator with the US group Invisible Children.

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Briefing: What next for Uganda’s anti-gay law?

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KAMPALA, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - It led to increased repression, drew international condemnation and prompted foreign donors to suspend millions of dollars in aid. Then earlier this month the constitutional court threw it out. But is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), promulgated by President Yoweri Museveni in February, truly dead and buried?

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Province Orientale : 4 morts dans une attaque de la LRA à Bili

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Des hommes armés identifiés aux combattants de l’Armée de résistance du Seigneur (LRA) ont attaqué, mercredi 13 août, des villages situés à proximité de Bili, un poste d’Etat situé à plus de 500 km au Nord de Kisangani (Province Orientale). Des sources sur place parlent de quatre personnes tuées dont trois civils et un milicien. Deux autres personnes ont également été blessées.

C’est aux environs de 5 heures locales que ces hommes armés ont attaqué des habitations à une dizaine de kilomètres de Bili-centre, affirment différentes sources locales.

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Somalia + 9 others
Food security alarm for east, central Africa

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NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.

The affected countries include Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.

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Hostages freed from Ugandan LRA rebels

08/13/2014 13:27 GMT

KAMPALA, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - Ugandan troops have rescued 45 women and children held by fugitive Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels after battles with the elusive jungle insurgents, the army said Wednesday.

It said they were freed in two separate batches earlier this month in Digba, in the remote forests of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We rescued from the LRA 45 people, the latest (batch) being 32 women and children," Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told AFP.

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La LRA en mode survie dans le sud-est de la Centrafrique

08/13/2014 09:28 GMT

Par Hervé BAR

LIBREVILLE, 13 août 2014 (AFP) - Affaiblie, mais toujours là! La guérilla ougandaise de l'Armée de résistance du Seigneur (LRA) continue de semer la terreur dans le sud-est de la Centrafrique, avec le soutien ponctuel d'éléments de l'ex-rébellion Séléka, selon des experts du dossier.

"Chaque semaine, la LRA fait irruption dans un village en brousse, vole, viole, tue et kidnappe", résume Guillaume Cailleaux, coordinateur en Centrafrique de l'ONG américaine Invisible Children.

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Salesian Missions Coordinates Delivery of Stop Hunger Now Meals to Vulnerable Youth Taking Part in Educational Programs

(MissionNewswire) More than 1,000 packages of fortified rice-meals have been donated to students in three Salesians programs in Uganda, allowing youth better access to nutrition. The donation was made possible through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization that provides food and life‐saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable.

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South Sudan + 3 others
Red Cross revises its emergency appeal to assist 450,000 affected by conflict in South Sudan

Nairobi, 12 August 2014: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) has revised its emergency appeal to 6,758,366 Swiss francs to support the South Sudanese Red Cross Society to assist 450,000 displaced people and those living in cholera affected areas.

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Liberia + 2 others
Uganda Sends 20 Experts to Aid in Ebola Crisis

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Lizabeth Paulat August 12, 2014 5:10 AM

KAMPALA, UGANDA— Uganda, which has a history of containing Ebola outbreaks, has sent 20 of its experts to Sierra Leone and Liberia to help curb the spread of the disease. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever. Late Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been at least 1,013 deaths.

West Africa has a new partner in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Uganda’s Ministry of Health, in coordination with the WHO, has sent 20 of Uganda’s top health experts to West Africa.

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South Sudan + 11 others
FSNWG Statement on the Alarming Deterioration in Food Security and Nutrition in Eastern and Central Africa Region

An estimated 20 million people in the region face acute food insecurity, with most in Crisis and Emergency. The figure compares unfavourably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.