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Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law

08/01/2014 19:55 GMT

by Emmanuel LEROUX-NEGA

KAMPALA, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.

The legislation was signed by Uganda's veteran President Yoweri Museveni in February, recommending that homosexuals be jailed for life. It also outlawed the promotion of homosexuality and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities.

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UNAIDS welcomes Uganda’s Constitutional Court decision to annul anti-homosexuality law

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GENEVA, 1 August 2014—UNAIDS welcomes the decision of Uganda’s Constitutional Court to overturn the law that called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’. Challenged by 10 petitioners including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.

“This is a great day for social justice,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The rule of law has prevailed.”

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AIDS 2014: addressing the needs of people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years

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UNAIDS

With the AIDS epidemic having entered its fourth decade, and given the wider availability of life-saving treatment, there is now a growing number of people who have been living with HIV for 20 years or more. Some have been born with the virus and are surviving into adulthood, while others are members of an ageing HIV population. According to a panel discussion that took place on 22 July at AIDS 2014, much more must be done to include the needs and concerns of both groups in a comprehensive AIDS response.

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Global Fund Mid-2014 Results Factsheet

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The Global Fund

The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year. In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent. In addition, 11.9 million people have been treated for tuberculosis in programs supported by the Global Fund.

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Global Fund Results Show Strong Gains

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The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year.

In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Ugandan Fishing Communities at High Risk of HIV / AIDS: IOM

Uganda - IOM Uganda has launched a report: ‘HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices and Population Size Estimates of Fisher Folk in Six Districts in Uganda.’

In Uganda, some 130,000 people live in fishing communities and estimates suggest that HIV infection rates in these communities are almost 3-4 times higher than the national average for adults.

“Most of the fishermen are not aware of the risks of HIV. It is a dangerous disease and we have lost many people here,” explained Joshua Nununule, a fisherman from Kasensero fish landing site.

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Sida : peut-être la fin de l'épidémie dans une quinzaine d'années (ONU)

07/16/2014 12:39 GMT

Par Agnes Pedrero

GENÈVE, 16 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Les décès liés au sida dans le monde ont chuté de plus de 30% en 10 ans, tout comme le nombre de nouvelles infections par le VIH, laissant espérer que l'épidémie puisse être vaincue d'ici à 2030 grâce notamment à une généralisation du dépistage, a indiqué mercredi l'Onusida.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 9 - 15 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Uganda Emergency Update - 2 - 8 July 2014

Main Highlights

  • The number of South Sudanese arrivals assisted in Uganda since 16 December 2013 is 119,003, including 77,475 in Adjumani, 11,219 in Arua, 25,635 in Kiryandongo and 4,674 in Kampala. An increase in arrivals was noted this last week.

  • UNHCR and the Government of Uganda began assisting spontaneous returns of Congolese, providing transportation for 47 individuals from Rwamwanja settlement to the DRC border. Other Congolese refugees also returned to DRC of their own means.

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Irish Aid Annual Report 2013: Delivering real changes in the lives of some of the poorest people and communities in the world

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Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.

Speaking at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Minister Costello said:

“2013 was a significant year for Irish Aid and the Irish people can be proud of what their overseas development aid programme has achieved.

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“You and I can prevent HIV/AIDS”: Migrant Awareness Campaign in Uganda

To tackle the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, IOM Uganda has developed a Behaviour Change Campaign (BCC) to raise awareness not only on HIV/AIDS, but also sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.

The sites selected to launch this pilot campaign are the fishing villages of Kasensero, Lyantonde and a temporary site being utilized by migrants expelled from Tanzania at Sango Bay.

The slogan of the campaign is “You and I can prevent HIV/AIDS” and all activities have been implemented in close cooperation with district health officials.

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Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

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KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.

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Ugandan widows left landless, caught in web of statutory law and traditional practices

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Source: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42 GMT
Author: Shifa Mwesigye

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The past six years have been a nightmare for Harriet Nakibuule, a widow and mother of seven. When her husband died from HIV-related illnesses on Oct. 12, 2008, Harriet’s in-laws stormed her house, set her property on fire and sold chunks of her farm.

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HIV battle: Uganda tests out rubber band circumcision

06/17/2014 03:05 GMT

by Emmanuel LEROUX-NEGA

KAMPALA, June 17, 2014 (AFP) - With trousers around his ankles, Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative non-surgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates.

The simple device -- two plastic rings and an elastic band -- cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which then shrivels and is removed with the band after a week.

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Uganda Emergency Update - 4 - 10 June 2014

Covering the southwest, midwest and northwest

Main Highlights

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees assisted since 16 December 2013 is now 110,657 in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo districts of Uganda. Together with those registered in Kampala (3,636), the total number assisted is now 114,293.

  • A PSN verification exercise was concluded in Kiryandongo and one is underway in Arua for refugees in Koboko (Congolese) and Rhino Camp (South Sudanese).

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Donated Books Help Improve Educational Opportunities for Poor Youth

(MissionNewswire) Thanks to a recent donation and coordination efforts of Salesian Missions, four schools in Uganda now have new textbooks. The schools serve vulnerable children and focus on ending the cycle of poverty through education and opportunities. Through primary, secondary and technical schools, Salesian missionaries in Uganda (and around the globe) focus their efforts on helping poor youth obtain an education and later, the job skills necessary for stable employment.

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Training nurses to save mothers and babies in East Africa

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Rotary

Josephine Awor doesn't need statistics to know Uganda struggles to provide adequate health care to expectant mothers and babies. As a nurse who has worked with vulnerable populations in areas affected by conflict in South Sudan, she's seen firsthand what happens when mothers are forced to deliver and care for newborns without medical assistance.

Still, the numbers don't lie.

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Concern Worldwide Annual Report & Accounts 2013

Message from the Chairperson

As Chairperson I have the great privilege of working with extraordinarily dedicated Council members and staff throughout the organisation. The commitment to working with the poorest people in the developing world and fulfilling our mission is very evident throughout the organisation.

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Dilemma of adolescents with HIV

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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.