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19 Dec 2014 description

Undertaking an economic impact of climate change on key sectors is Uganda’s first step in making the case for more climate-resilient investments. Mairi Dupar, CDKN’s Global Public Affairs Coordinator, reports on progress to date.

Uganda finds itself increasingly at the mercy of climate and weather extremes. A new CDKN-supported project to assess the economic value of climate change impacts is helping the Ugandan government on the first steps to attracting international adaptation funding and investing systematically in adaptation measures.

19 Dec 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION

Nutrition challenges are not only about a lack of food. Malnutrition often arises when there is a gap in knowledge about positive nutrition behaviours – including what to eat, the importance of a balanced diet, and how to prepare foods to retain nutrients. Where CPAR works, diets are typically heavily starch based, limited to one or two food groups and locally available nutritious foods have been overlooked. This is why CPAR integrates nutrition and health education into all of our programming.

17 Dec 2014 description

Kampala, Ouganda | AFP | mercredi 17/12/2014 - 14:46 GMT

Un millier d'ex-combattants du M23 ayant fui mardi les baraquements ougandais où ils étaient cantonnés depuis novembre 2013 se trouvent dans un camp de réfugiés proche, a affirmé mercredi l'armée ougandaise.

Ces ex-rebelles se sont évanouis mardi dans la nature, après s'être opposés à une opération de rapatriement vers la RDC lancée par l'armée ougandaise dans le camp de Bihanga, à environ 300 km au sud-ouest de Kampala, où quelque 1.300 d'entre eux étaient cantonnés.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Invisible Children

Non-profit organization working to bring a permanent end to the violence of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and East Africa will launch Finishing Fund to underwrite protection programs, and Citizen Volunteer Network to continue activism efforts before closing the doors on US headquarters

16 Dec 2014 description

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Tuesday 12/16/2014 - 20:17 GMT

About 1,000 former fighters from a former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp where they being held in Uganda just as soldiers were about to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said.

16 Dec 2014 description

The poorest of the rural poor are always difficult to target, for both IFAD and governments. Often illiterate and isolated, they have such great needs that reaching them on a significant scale remains a challenge. In Uganda, IFAD has been working with the government to pilot a methodology that is helping to bridge that gap and change the lives and outlook of the most vulnerable households.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

GENEVA—Ugandan entrepreneur Beatrice Ayuru said her dream of providing a quality education for girls, who are often denied this basic right, has become a reality for thousands. But, she said advancing the cause of universal education is far from over.

Aruyu spoke with VOA before she addressed an overflow audience as one of a select group of speakers at a prestigious TEDx event. She recounted the difficulties she has encountered in establishing the Lira Integrated School for under-served students in a remote area of northern Uganda.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV.

Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.

Fast Facts

  • In Zambia, 63 % of adults starting ART are women.

12 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

The Devastation of War

On the night of December 15, 2013, shots rang out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. What started as a political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former vice President Riek Machar had reached its boiling point. Forces loyal to Machar broke away from the military and fighting quickly spread throughout Juba and then into other areas of South Sudan.

11 Dec 2014 description
report African Union

December 10, 2014 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: In commemoration of the second year anniversary of the entry into force of the Kampala Convention, The Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission in partnership with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) ­ Liaison Office with the AU, successfully concluded a two and half day training workshop on National Responsibility to protect IDPs. The training workshop took place in the African Union headquarters from 8th ­10th of December 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11690

7334th Meeting (PM)

Secretary-General’s Special Representative, African Union Envoy Brief

In a presidential statement adopted today, the Security Council expressed concern at the grave security situation in parts of Central Africa within the remit of the United Nations Regional Office there (UNOCA), in particular, the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic and its regional impact, the continuing threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and the expansion of Boko Haram terrorist activities into countries in the subregion.

04 Dec 2014 description
  • In the north of Madagascar, supplementary immunization activities are planned for December in response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus. National Immunization Days are planned for January. The aim is to boost immunity across the country against all strains of poliovirus using trivalent oral polio vaccine.

  • For the first time ever, only 1 case of wild poliovirus has been reported in Africa in the last 4 months. The case had onset of paralysis on 11 August in Somalia.

04 Dec 2014 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | jeudi 04/12/2014 - 17:45 GMT

Quatre rebelles ougandais des Forces démocratiques alliées (ADF) et un militaire congolais ont été tués jeudi au cours de violents affrontements dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo, a-t-on appris auprès de l'armée congolaise.

04 Dec 2014 description

A 13 year-old girl was abducted by the Ugandan LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) in a village of the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan, reports Radio Anisa. Also another six people were abducted, but then released.

The report was confirmed by Buku Matthew, head of communications for the Ezo County, where the attack took place. The local media gave the episode wide converge because LRA attacks in South Sudan over the past two years have become very rare.

04 Dec 2014 description

Terrorism and cross-border crime in Africa would be a major focus at the Security Council in December as the body continued to closely watch a range of crises worldwide, the Permanent Representative of Chad, whose delegation holds the Council presidency for the month, said this afternoon.

03 Dec 2014 description

12/3/2014 - 03:45 GMT

by Amy FALLON

After suffering the tragedy of giving birth to a stillborn child nine years ago, Anna Grace Amuko was left with a debilitating condition.

Amuko suffers from obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by prolonged labour without treatment, which means she leaks urine uncontrollably. Millions of women in developing countries suffer from the injury, and also endure the social stigma arising as a result of it.

03 Dec 2014 description

En cette fin d’année 2014, les travaux du Conseil de sécurité, qui sera présidé pour la première fois par le Tchad, seront largement consacrés aux questions africaines. Au cours de la conférence de presse qu’il a donnée cet après-midi au Siège de l’ONU, le Représentant permanent du Tchad auprès des Nations Unies, M.

02 Dec 2014 description

President Yoweri Museveni has said government will fund AIDS treatment for its people with or without foreign aid even if it means diverting money meant for the roads to the cause.

“We shall fund our AIDS treatment with or without foreign aid. This should not waste our time and become a song like circumcision. Even if this means that we shall not fund some of our roads to do this,” he said. He was responding to claims that there was a funding gap for AIDS treatment.

01 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Okapi

Environ 256 personnes vivant avec le VIH (PVV) dans le territoire d’Aru, en Ituri (Province Orientale), sont soignées aux médicaments antirétroviraux dans le district ougandais d’Arua. L’Institut panafricain de santé communautaire (IPSC) a livré cette information, à Bunia, chef-lieu de l’Ituri, à l’occasion de la journée mondiale contre le Sida, célébrée le 1er décembre de chaque année.

Selon cette structure, ces Congolais sont obligés de franchir la frontière pour accéder aux antirétroviraux dans ce district voisin d’Arua en Ouganda.

01 Dec 2014 description
report UNAIDS

When looking after people in health-care settings, health-care workers can be exposed to a broad range of infections, including HIV. Accidental exposure to HIV in health-care settings can largely be prevented by countries creating an enabling environment and providing the services that allow health-care workers to protect themselves and others from the risk of HIV infection. However, the use of criminal law can lead to miscarriages of justice.