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24 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.

24 Apr 2015 description
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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.

02 Apr 2015 description
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

04 Sep 2014 description
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By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • 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.

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

01 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

17 May 2014 description
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By HALIMA ABDALLAH Special Correspondent

Eighteen-year-old Nicolas Lokeri’s smile belies his dilemma: To abstain or not? For how long?

“Maybe after school,” he says.

Having sex is trickier: He has HIV/Aids but is hesitant to reveal his status, fearing stigma and discrimination.

Lokeri (not his real name) was born with HIV but only learnt about his status in 2009.

He is not alone. Seventeen-year-old Rita Arinaitwe (not her real name) is equally struggling.

10 Mar 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By Fred Oluoch

Somali refugees began voluntarily going home recently after an agreement between the government of Kenya, Somalia and UNHCR. Fred Oluoch talked with the country representative Raouf Mazou about their resettlement in Somalia.


Do you think the tripartite agreement between the governments of Kenya and Somalia; and the UNHCR to repatriate Somali refugees was timely?

15 Jan 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • This policy is a deterrent to deliveries through the formal health care system which in turn affects the country’s effort to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids. The policy makes it difficult for health workers to keep track of HIV positive mothers.

  • Global Fund officials heard that many pregnant women go for the first antenatal care visit but keep reducing due to insistent requests by health workers that fathers of the babies should go along.