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20 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By MOSES K GAHIGI

IN SUMMARY

East Africa's rural poor remain underserved in terms of primary and secondary health care services despite continuous investment in the sector.

Besides national budget allocations, the health sector in East Africa has received extensive funding in form of aid and direct support from multinational development partners. Despite this, however, the region is still grappling with universal health service delivery deficits especially in the rural areas.

15 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTOPHER KIDANKA

Posted Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 15:49

IN SUMMARY

  • Mbeya Urban district in northern Tanzania was the best performer but Kenyan districts outperformed the region in overall assessment.

  • The report says most of Tanzanian districts fell in the middle ranks while Uganda districts consistently ranked near the bottom.

Just 20 per cent of children in third year of primary school in East Africa have acquired basic literacy and numeracy skills of standard two level, a survey has revealed.

11 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By IVAN OKUDA, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

04 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY
A core objective of the project, being spearheaded by the Malaria Consortium under its Malaria Control Culture Programme is doubling the proportion of household members who sleep under a treated net from the current 35 per cent.

A new project in Uganda is banking on the use of treated bed nets, rapid diagnostic tests and community awareness to reduce the malaria burden in the country.

29 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DAVID NJAGI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • An ongoing study shows that new stem borer species are colonising maize farms in the region, and could cost farmers about 88 per cent in crop losses.

  • The new stem borer species are projected to attack Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia, according to Bruno Leru, the lead researcher of the IRD-Icipe programme.

Maize farmers in East Africa have been warned of a looming stem borer infestation weeks after the onset of the long rains.

24 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has launched a project to stem post-harvest losses in Africa.

Mireille Totobesola, FAO project manager, said the $2.7 million project will give small grants of about $1,000 to smallholder farmers in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso to reduce food losses through the provision of modern storage facilities.

The funding will also support establishment of an online platform, where African governments can pick up some lessons and seek the help of experts who are available on a chatroom.

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

02 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, March 28 2015 at 15:23

IN SUMMARY

  • Number of people being treated for typhoid has more than doubled from 1,940 at the beginning of the month to 4,949 by March 19.

  • The outbreak is being blamed on the consumption of water contaminated with faecal matter or the urine of infected persons.

  • Landlords have been blamed for the contamination for continually releasing sewage into the environment, which has in turn contaminated natural water sources.

30 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI, TEA Special Correspondent

Hethiri Bukenya first developed a persistent cough when he was two-and-a-half years old. Slowly, he started to lose appetite and as his weight declined, he became weak and frail.

By the age of five, he was falling ill regularly. His mother, Sarah Najjuka visited several health facilities including Mulago, Uganda’s national referral hospital, all of which failed to diagnose the problem.

17 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

  • Only Rwanda is on track to reach Millennium Development Goal 4, which calls for reducing the 1990 mortality rate of children under five by two -thirds.

The East African Community has launched an integrated maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health strategy to deliver improved reproductive, maternal and child health in the five member countries.

12 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI,

Posted Saturday, March 7 2015 at 16:55

IN SUMMARY

  • OST is a medical procedure in which an illegal substance such as heroin is replaced with a longer acting but less euphoric one.

  • The report estimates that the prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs among the countries that were studied is 33.9 per cent in Tanzania, 16.7 per cent in Uganda, 18.3 per cent in Kenya and 9.1 per cent in Senegal.

14 Feb 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By SCOLA KAMAU, TEA Special Correspondent

In Summary

•GeoPoll, the global mobile survey platform, has partnered with Control Union, a global leader in agricultural certification, food safety and sustainability to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.

•For a start, the project will benefit countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana, before expanding to key markets in Asia including Indonesia and the Philippines.

07 Jan 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JOHN MBARIA

IN SUMMARY

31 Dec 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

  • EBOLA: Kenya sent a team of 15 doctors, Uganda 14, Rwanda 7 and Tanzania 5. In terms of health workers, Kenya will deploy nearly 300, Burundi 250, Uganda 21 and Rwanda 7.

  • TB: In East Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania face the highest disease burden. In 2013, Kenya recorded the highest number of new cases at 89,796, followed by Tanzania with 65,732 and third Uganda with 47,650.

25 Dec 2014 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Climate-smart agriculture — also known as conservation farming — makes use of technologies that help farmers increase their productivity, adapt more effectively to adverse climatic conditions, improve the fertility of their soils and minimise the negative impacts of agriculture on the environment.

In less than one year, smallholder farmers in eastern Uganda have harvested more than three times the usual volume of crop from the same size of garden, by adopting innovative practices that counter unpredictable weather patterns.

25 Nov 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

An uncoordinated response to HIV/Aids and lack of sustained care are the reasons the prevalence rates remain high among fishing communities in Uganda.

07 Nov 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI

IN SUMMARY

  • The centre will be a 24-hour, 7-days a week central facility for early warning, disaster and climate modelling and forecasting, emergency response and recovery co-ordination, and disaster information.

  • The centre is equipped with the latest digital communications technology. It also has a mobile command and control truck and rapid assessment and response vehicles.

27 Oct 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

24 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE

Posted Tuesday, September 23 2014 at 10:06

In Summary

•East African crop scientists this year embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

•Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

10 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE

Following its failure to stop President Yoweri Museveni from assenting to a law that criminalises the intentional transmission of HIV, the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) is advising its partners to ignore the legislature and instead adhere to the East African Community HIV/Aids Prevention and Management Act that the country has also ratified.

Vinand Nantulya, the board chair of UAC, said that the HIV/Aids Prevention and Control Act that parliament passed in May was flawed.