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02 Aug 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI

Amid rising concern over the risk of disease outbreaks, the Uganda government is carrying out mass polio and measles immunisation for children who have recently escaped fighting in South Sudan.

The immunisation drive is being conducted at settlement points, where people have sought temporary shelter and targets all children under the age of five years.

16 Feb 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By BERNARD BUSUULWA

IN SUMMARY

  • The Aga Khan University has commissioned 55 recent nursing graduates from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda, to serve in the country’s health sector, thereby boosting the quality of medical professionals in the country.

The Aga Khan University has commissioned 55 recent nursing graduates from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda, to serve in the country’s health sector, thereby boosting the quality of medical professionals in the country.

15 Feb 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By IVAN R. MUGISHA

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 16:52

In Summary

•Rwanda is in negotiations with Israel over the terms for accommodating refugees from Africa who are seeking asylum in Jerusalem.

•In October last year, Israeli authorities said 3,000 asylum seekers had left Israel for a “third country,” without mentioning the country.

•But only seven registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Rwanda, all of them Eritreans, and only eight, mostly from Sudan, in Uganda, according to the BBC.

05 Jan 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By GAAKI KIGAMBO

IN SUMMARY

  • To make the most of the remaining 45 days of campaigning, leaders are certain to drive up political temperatures and probably spark more violent confrontations than have been reported so far, some analysts say.

  • Analysts say the triggers likely to spark off violent confrontation are varied and range from continued interferences in other candidates’ campaign activities to perceptions of unfairness in any part of the electoral process.

05 Dec 2015 description
report EastAfrican

Uganda has embarked on an indoor residual spraying campaign that it hopes will reduce the country’s malaria cases to near zero by 2020.

Through the campaign, the Ministry of Health will spray insecticide in houses, walls and domestic animal shelters that act as breeding grounds for malaria-infected mosquitoes.

Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health said 4.5 million people in 16 districts in east and northern Uganda, where the burden of malaria is highest, have been targeted for this campaign.

24 Nov 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • On November 11 alone, Uganda received some 881 Congolese refugees who are causing a strain on the already overstretched facilities, officials said.

  • Information from UNHCR shows that weekly arrivals from the DRC into Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement are above 600. Since the beginning of the year, over 25,781 have arrived from the North Kivu region alone.

14 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By Jeff Otieno and Apolinari Tairo

IN SUMMARY

  • East Africans should brace for three months of El Niño rains, local and international meteorologists have warned.

  • The torrential rains are expected between September and December in most areas, but will extend to February next year in some parts of the greater Horn of Africa region.

13 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Food insecurity ranges from famine to periodic hunger to uncertain food supply. Hunger has been a major constraint on the region’s long-term economic, social and political development.

  • According to FAO, East Africa is facing a high level of land degradation.

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.