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Lessons on climate change kick off

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By David Mafabi

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Uganda Red Cross Society will implement the project in five districts.

Katakwi

In bid to reduce the impact of storms, floods and droughts in north eastern Uganda due to climate change, the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has started climate mitigation lessons in communities.

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Water shortage hits Adjumani

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By MARTIN OKUDI

In Summary: A community of 1,000 shares a school borehole.

At least 200 households in four villages of Central I and II in Adjumani Town Council continue to grapple with a severe water crisis as the only borehole in the vicinity is shared by over 1,000 residents.

With the new school term just around the corner, residents are worried that water from the borehole at Adjumani Central Primary School, which is also shared with about 1,200 pupils, teachers and non-teaching staff, will not be sufficient.

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Hepatitis B kills two in Katakwi

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By SIMON PETER EMWAMU

In Summary: Call for action: Touring the district at the weekend, the State Minister for Teso Affairs demanded that the government embarks on mass vaccination against the disease, which has been ignored since 2009.

The State Minister for Teso Affairs, Ms Christine Amongin, has asked the government to start a massive vaccination against Hepatitis B, a disease that has claimed several lives in the region since 2009.

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Uganda has ‘lowest child immunisation in E. Africa’

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By Stephen Otage

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Health: The report blames foreign aid as the major blame to government’s laxity.

Uganda’s immunisation coverage remains low compared to other East African countries, with experts now calling for a better plan to address the gap.

A report by the advisory committee on vaccines and immunisation of the Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS) shows that in the 1990s, Uganda had one of the most successful immunisation programmes in East and sub- Saharan Africa.

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Floods displace 500 people

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By Perez Rumanzi

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The affected families are staying in a school and a health centre as they wait for government aid.

At least 500 residents in Rwenshama Fishing Village in Bwambara Sub-county, Rukungiri District have been displaced by floods from Lake Edward.

More than 200 families have been displaced since December and water movement triggered by violent waves on the lake were still forcing more to relocate by last week, according to local authorities.

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Health workers ask for training school

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By MARTIN OKUDI & FELIX WAROM OKELLO

In Summary - The structure for the nurse’s training school was established in 1957 but was abandoned in 1972 after commissioning of Moyo hospital.

Health workers in the Madi sub-region have asked government to consider the need for setting up a nursing training school in Moyo District.

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Fresh Ebola outbreak hits Uganda

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LUWEERO authorities are on high alert following the death of two members of the same family due to the deadly hemorraghic Ebola fever in Nyimbwa sub-county over the last few days.

This latest incidence happened in Sombwe Parish about 40km north of Kampala. Joseph Okware, the Luwero District Health Officer Wednesday confirmed that the dead are members of the same family. He said Gladys Namakula and Rehemah Najjemba of Kikyusa village died and were buried on 10th and 12th respectively.

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Uganda is not yet Ebola-free, says ministry

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By Nicholas Kalungi & Dan Wandera, Ronald Tumusiime, Sarah Tumwebaze & Stephen Otage (email the author)

Posted Monday, August 6 2012 at 01:00

The Ministry of Health yesterday said the country is not yet free from Ebola and asked the public to adhere to the recommended preventive measures in order to safe guard against the deadly disease, which has so far claimed 16 lives and dozens admitted to hospitals.

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Uganda: Account for aid to landslide victims - Ecweru

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By David Mafab

The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness has asked development partners and the Bududa District authorities to give accountability for funds spent on landslide victims.

Mr Musa Ecweru, who was meeting the district leaders recently to officially communicate government decision to relocate the landslide victims to Kiryandongo, said: "After the resettlement matter has been concluded, there will be a debrief involving all partners who participated in the response."

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Mr Ecweru said: "You will be required

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Uganda: New landslides deaths rise to eight

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By David Mafabi, Uwera Runyambo & Robert Muhereza

Posted Tuesday, May 18 2010 at 00:00

Mbale/Kabale

Humanitarian agencies were by yesterday still trying to cope with multiple centres of urgent need as a new wave of landslides and floods in various districts rendered at least 1,500 people homeless. The quest for help ran from Mbale, Sironko and Tororo in eastern Uganda to Kabale and Kanungu in western Uganda. At least eight people were confirmed killed by landslides in Mbale, Sironko and Kabale.

The Uganda Red Cross said at least 721

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Uganda: Relief food not enough, says MP

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Evelyn Lirri

Kampala - Food aid being given to famine stricken areas by the government is not addressing the problem, Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri has said.

Mr Wadri, a member of the parliamentary committee on agriculture, that has compiled a report on the extent of famine in the country, said: "There is severe hunger in many parts of the country and the situation remains very grave. "This relief is not addressing the problem because you cannot give one mug of maize flour and beans to a family of 10 to 15 people. This food is not enough."

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Uganda: Teso MPs want government to declare state of emergency over famine

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Members the Teso Parliamentary Group want government to declare a state of emergency in the North and Eastern parts of the country over the stinging famine that is claiming people's lives.

The Members of Parliament say that the government lacks adequate capacity to handle the situation that has in the past months, killed at least 35 people in Teso alone and is threatening thousands of lives in almost half of the districts in the country.

The chairperson of the Teso Parliamentary Group Amuriat Obbo says it is time government admitted that it is overwhelmed

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Uganda: Arua schools face closure over hunger

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Felix Okello Warom

Arua - Several boarding primary and secondary schools in Arua District may be forced to end the second academic term prematurely due to the food crisis, education authorities have said.

The District Education Officer, Mr Nicholas Tembo, told Daily Monitor in an interview on Friday that head teachers have been directed to submit weekly reports on food status. This, Mr Tembo said, is to enable proper planning for food.

"It is true that the schools are also hit, but we don't want to be caught unaware. The school heads must

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Uganda: Meteorologists issue floods warning

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Al-Mahdi Ssenjkabirwa

Kampala - Several parts of the country face flooding caused by torrential rains that are expected within the next three months, the metrological department has warned.

The Commissioner for Meteorology, Mr S. A. Magezi, said in a statement dated July 22 that the epicentre of the heavy rains is expected to be eastern Uganda, which suffered a similar catastrophe in 2007.

"Most parts of the country are likely to experience enhanced rainfall reaching flooding levels in areas that are prone to floods," he said.

He added that intense rainfall is likely

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Famine in Uganda: Lessons from Uganda's oral history

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Karoli Ssemogerere

This week will mark the 14th anniversary of the fall of the second UPC government. Mr Milton Obote's second regime entered terminal shutdown in 1983 after the assassination of Maj. Gen. David Oyite Ojok and his replacement with Smith Opon Acak.

Mr Obote's final two years in office were marked first by an escalation of intra-army ethnic feuds, an escalation in guerilla activities aided by Paulo Muwanga that threw armed groups like NRA, UFM and FEDEMU a lifeline.

It is now almost forgotten that other

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Uganda: Famine kills 11 in Lira

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Emmanuel Opio & Hudson Apunyo

Lira - Eleven people have died in the Lango sub-region as a result of hunger-related complications, Lira District chairman Franco Ojur has confirmed.

Speaking to Daily Monitor on Wednesday from his office, Mr Ojur said the situation could slip out of control if no immediate response in terms of food relief is dispatched especially to Adwari Sub-county where the problem is worst.

He said Adwari LCIII chairman John Bosco Otuke Olwit Dagama had also confirmed the deaths to him.

"It's true that 11 people starved

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Uganda: Thirteen districts to receive food aid today - government

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Kampala - The ministry of disaster preparedness is set to distribute food relief worth shs 982 million to 13 famine stricken districts in the north and north eastern part of the country.

According to a statement from the minister for disaster preparedness Tarsis Kabwegyere, the districts include Terego-Maracha, Oyam, Kotido, Busia, Amolatar, Amuria, Katakwi, Moyo, Nebbi, Kitgum, Palisa, Kamuli and Dokolo.

"A total of 4,680 bags of maize grain and 1,820 bags of beans worth shs 982,800,000 will today Thursday

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Uganda: Climate change fuels conflicts in Karamoja

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Joseph Miti

The Karimojong blame the spell of calamities like drought and disease to the "angry gods". Little do they know that their area is suffering the consequences of a larger problem, climate change.

On the rough and bumpy ride from Sironko District to Moroto town in Karamoja sub-region, the road is full of signs of life.

Trucks laden with merchandise from neighbouring districts such as Mbale and Soroti, head in the opposite direction to town. Young men can be seen by the road sides rearing cattle, goats and sheep

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Uganda: Hunger claims 35 as minister denies crisis

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Up to 35 people are feared to have starved to death across the country but Relief and Disaster Preparedness Minister Tarsis Kabwegyere said yesterday that there was no crisis.

In the West Nile region, as many as 15 people have reportedly died of starvation since Monday, the Maracha-Terego District Secretary for Finance, Mr Emmanuel Adripiyo, told a district council session this week.

Mr Adripiyo said six people had died in Ayivu Sub-county; four from each of Katrini and Uriama sub-counties, and one from Yivu. "The situation is now at a crisis point where we

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Malnutrition: A major problem in Uganda

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Nutrition in Uganda has been neglected for a long time. However, according to nutritionists, if the government does not address this matter, it will be forced to spend loads of taxpayers' money to counter the problem, writes Eve Mashoo:

He whimpers whenever he turns on his hospital bed, a scene that would make one feel sorry for the poor innocent soul.