- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update December 2014
- Operational Plan 2011-2016 DFID Uganda Updated December 2014
- UNHCR Operational Update for the South Sudan Emergency (11-17 Nov 2014)
Appeals & Funding
By JOHN MBARIA
By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI
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.
- 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.
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.
By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI
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.
By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI
By DICTA ASIIMWE
Posted Tuesday, September 23 2014 at 10:06
•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.
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.
By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
By DICTA ASIIMWE Special Correspondent
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.
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.
By JOINT REPORT The EastAfrican
- 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.
By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI Special Correspondent
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.
By Steve Mbogo and Christabel Ligami
- 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.
By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican
- 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.
By NAMARA RWOMUSHANA Special Correspondent
Posted Saturday, November 16 2013 at 16:06
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.