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.
• The new regime, known as prevention of mother to child transmission option B+ was recommended by the World Health Organisation to improve maternal and paediatric health. The regime has been integrated into antenatal care services.
In East Africa, new guidelines for HIV management require all pregnant women with HIV/Aids virus to be put on anti-retroviral treatment to prevent transmission of the virus to their unborn children.
With increased enforcement of intellectual property rights, the activists fear that the rich pool of Africa’s indigenous seed varieties could soon be in private hands.
High-input agricultural model that is being pushed by Agra together with multinational agribusiness firms and donor agencies, locks poor farmers into a cycle of dependency, reducing their rights and food sovereignty.
Farmers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia are using strategies like crop-rotation and intercropping as well as planting more trees to combat erosion and increase water and soil quality.
A survey by Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) suggests shifts in farming practices are incremental but high levels of food insecurity prevent all the changes needed to cope with a changing climate.
The Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (Cewarn) monitored the incidence and patterns of violent conflict and noted a significant drop in the Karamoja Cluster that includes the shared border regions of Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
A decline in conflicts has also been recorded in the Somalia Cluster, which includes the shared border regions of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Violent conflict, porous borders, regional integration and poor healthcare infrastructure have created the perfect storm to make the region particularly susceptible to the deadly disease.
The Ebola outbreak in western Uganda over the past two weeks reveals how violent conflict, porous borders and poor healthcare infrastructure have created the perfect storm to make the region particularly susceptible to the deadly disease.
The Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca) has created an online portal through which scientists in member countries will share research on agriculture.
The $1.2 million project dubbed Regional Agricultural Information and Learning System is funded by the African Development Bank through the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, that works with national agricultural research institutions and other stakeholders at country level.
President Museveni will host a summit of the Great Lakes region states to resolve the ongoing political instability and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The summit, which is scheduled for next month, follows the just-ended 19th ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the African Union in Addis Ababa, which recommended the formation of an army to support the weak DRC government.