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World + 2 others
Dilemma of adolescents with HIV

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EastAfrican

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.

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Kenya + 4 others
EA’s a volatile region and refugees are victims of terrorists too

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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?

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Fund cautions Uganda on HIV policy

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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.

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Kenya + 2 others
Drought tolerant maize varieties ready

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EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA The EastAfrican

East African agricultural scientists have released 10 lines of conventionally bred, drought tolerant maize varieties in response to shifting weather patterns in the region.

Four drought tolerant maize varieties have been released in Uganda, three in Kenya while three are in the final stages for release in Tanzania.

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World + 5 others
Aid to EAC out of step with citizens’ needs

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EastAfrican

By JOINT REPORT The EastAfrican

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World + 1 other
Ugandan scientists develop anti-malarial drink

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EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • The beverage helps in the prevention of malaria, frequent fevers, worm infestation, and provides the body with antioxidants through the removal of the oxygen radical known to cause diseases including cancer.

After four years of research, Uganda scientists have developed an anti-malarial beverage — Artavol —from avocado seed, Artemisia annua plant and lemon grass.

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Project promotes peace, food security in Karamoja

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EastAfrican

By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • This is a new practice in this area, as residents, the Karimojong, are pastoralists. But the women of Looro have taken up farming to feed their families. They have also formed a 30-member group, Nakimiliam Women’s Group, under which they farm and do business.

  • Now that they have begun producing food in their manyatta gardens, they say their families will no longer depend on relief food from donor agencies operating in the region.

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Kenya + 2 others
Apps to reduce maternal, infant deaths

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EastAfrican

By Steve Mbogo and Christabel Ligami

IN SUMMARY

  • One mobile app, ZiDi, provides access to real-time data on patients and medical supplies

A growing number of organisations are supporting innovations to come up with affordable ways of curbing diseases and reducing deaths of children and mothers.

This year alone, more than 10 innovations by East Africans on maternal healthcare and other medical issues largely affecting children under five years and their mothers have been awarded more than $1 million for their upscaling.

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Kenya + 3 others
Climate-smart farms in EA aim to roll back climate change

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EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY
- The frequency of droughts, floods and unpredictable rainfall have increased, impacting negatively on the region’s food security status.

John Obuom, a 43-year-old farmer from Nyando Basin in western Kenya, knows very well how devastating the effects of climate change can be not only for an individual but also for a whole community.

For many years, the vagaries of weather hit his family in the most vital place of all — the dinner table.

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Activists protest against Uganda’s HIV law, cite increase in violence, stigma

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EastAfrican

By NAMARA RWOMUSHANA Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, November 16 2013 at 16:06

IN SUMMARY

  • The number of new infections had risen to 160,000 between 2010 and 2011, falling slightly in the most recent survey to 140,000 between 2011 and 2012. The reduction is among babies born to mothers with HIV, but new infections are still high among married couples.

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Burundi + 4 others
Lack of funding may wipe out gains on HIV/Aids fight in region

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EastAfrican

By JOINT REPORT The EastAfrican

Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 15:59

IN SUMMARY

  • Uganda government’s contribution to the HIV/Aids response, for example, has reduced since 2008 from Ush124 billion ($48.0 million) to Ush100 billion ($38.7 million).

  • Tanzania is planning to establish an Aids Trust Fund (ATF) to mobilise more local resources to fight the disease in view of an imminent reduction in donor financing.

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Uganda + 2 others
Kampala denies Israel refugee deal

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EastAfrican

By PAUL REDFERN, Special Correspondent

As Uganda continues to deny that it has signed a deal with Israel to take in thousands of unwanted Eritrean and Sudanese migrants from the Jewish state, it has been revealed that Kampala stood to gain from increased military aid in the agreement.

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Kenya + 1 other
Pneumonia defies vaccine to kill more

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EastAfrican

By JOY WANJA MURAYA, The EastAfrican

For a disease that killed more Kenyans last year than malaria, little accurate information exists on the actual cause of pneumonia.

According to the Economic Survey 2013, pneumonia killed 19,011 people last year. In 2011, 23,915 deaths were attributed to pneumonia, an illness ranked second in 2011.

Former president Mwai Kibaki launched the pneumococcal vaccine in February 2011 to be given free in all public health centres as an addition to the schedule of vaccines given to babies shortly after birth.

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Drought, hunger strike Karamoja’s ‘cattle corridor’

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EastAfrican

By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Droughts have increased in severity and frequency over the years, leading to chronic food insecurity and widespread economic hardships in the region, like many other districts in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs) of the country.

  • This has led to drying of crops and grasses for animals that form the basis for the community’s livelihood.

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No more refugee status for Rwandans abroad

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EastAfrican

By EDMUND KAGIRE The EastAfrican

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Uganda suffers shortage of ARVs

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EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, June 22 2013 at 13:02

IN SUMMARY

  • A survey by the civil society found that at least 24 districts are facing this problem for five months now.

Uganda continues to suffer frequent stock outs of HIV drugs at its public health facilities despite having adequate stocks in national warehouses.

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Uganda + 4 others
EALA writing law to deal with disasters

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EastAfrican

By YVONNE KAWIRA Special Correspondent

THE EAST African Legislative Assembly is working on a Bill to provide a legal framework through which assistance can be provided to people affected by climate change and natural disasters.

According to the EAC deputy secretary-general in charge of Productive and Social Sectors Jesca Eriyo, the Private Member’s Bill also aims to protect the environment through integration of comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management practices in the Community.

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Rwanda + 3 others
Rwandan 50,000 returnees expected ahead of June 30 deadline

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EastAfrican

By Joram Muhoozi Rwanda Today

Posted Friday, May 17 2013 at 18:45

In Summary

  • The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is working with the government to establish shelter and boost livelihoods for some returnees expected to be back in the country before the clause comes into effect.

As the UN Cessation Clause comes into effect some Rwf2 billion has been earmarked to support Rwandan refugees who are set to return to their motherland.

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Kenya + 2 others
Treated nets cut malaria infections but poor use a setback

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EastAfrican

By Christabel Ligami

Posted Saturday, April 20 2013 at 18:38

IN SUMMARY

  • However, the project is facing challenges after it recently emerged that nearly half of those who received the nets use them for purposes other than protecting themselves from mosquitoes.

Recent surveys conducted in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania show that in the lakeside region for example, people are converting the insecticides treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to catch rasrineabola fish known locally as omena.

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Vinand Nantulya: I blame complacency for Uganda’s high HIV/Aids rates

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EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE

Posted Saturday, April 20 2013 at 18:38

IN SUMMARY

  • Complacency has been a major contributor to the rise because the behaviours that fuelled the epidemic at the beginning are back. The behaviours include having unprotected sex.

After Uganda’s initial success in the fight against HIV/Aids in the mid 1990s, the numbers have been on the rise since 2002, causing concern among activists and donors.