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19 Dec 2014 description

Undertaking an economic impact of climate change on key sectors is Uganda’s first step in making the case for more climate-resilient investments. Mairi Dupar, CDKN’s Global Public Affairs Coordinator, reports on progress to date.

Uganda finds itself increasingly at the mercy of climate and weather extremes. A new CDKN-supported project to assess the economic value of climate change impacts is helping the Ugandan government on the first steps to attracting international adaptation funding and investing systematically in adaptation measures.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans in Karamoja have remained low and/or continued to decline in November— below 2013 levels— as a result of the ongoing harvest.

  • The Terms of Trade in Karamoja have remained fairly stable labourmaize grain but declined for goatmaize grain. The latter trend could continue amidst expectations for maize grain price rises (as stocks decline); persistence of the livestock ban, and the incoming dry season during which livestock prices are typically low.

16 Dec 2014 description

The poorest of the rural poor are always difficult to target, for both IFAD and governments. Often illiterate and isolated, they have such great needs that reaching them on a significant scale remains a challenge. In Uganda, IFAD has been working with the government to pilot a methodology that is helping to bridge that gap and change the lives and outlook of the most vulnerable households.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

GENEVA—Ugandan entrepreneur Beatrice Ayuru said her dream of providing a quality education for girls, who are often denied this basic right, has become a reality for thousands. But, she said advancing the cause of universal education is far from over.

Aruyu spoke with VOA before she addressed an overflow audience as one of a select group of speakers at a prestigious TEDx event. She recounted the difficulties she has encountered in establishing the Lira Integrated School for under-served students in a remote area of northern Uganda.

10 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 131,392 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,981 in Adjumani, 12,054 in Arua, 29,802 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.

  • An increase in the number of new arrivals from South Sudan to Uganda was has been observed since November 27th . This increase has been attributed to the 1 year anniversary of fighting and continued clashes in South Sudan.

03 Dec 2014 description

12/3/2014 - 03:45 GMT

by Amy FALLON

After suffering the tragedy of giving birth to a stillborn child nine years ago, Anna Grace Amuko was left with a debilitating condition.

Amuko suffers from obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by prolonged labour without treatment, which means she leaks urine uncontrollably. Millions of women in developing countries suffer from the injury, and also endure the social stigma arising as a result of it.

02 Dec 2014 description

Executive Summary

Article 25 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities should have the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as provided to other persons. Yet, the needs of crisisaffected populations with disabilities are notably absent from global SRH and gender guidelines and standards for humanitarian practice.

02 Dec 2014 description

President Yoweri Museveni has said government will fund AIDS treatment for its people with or without foreign aid even if it means diverting money meant for the roads to the cause.

“We shall fund our AIDS treatment with or without foreign aid. This should not waste our time and become a song like circumcision. Even if this means that we shall not fund some of our roads to do this,” he said. He was responding to claims that there was a funding gap for AIDS treatment.

01 Dec 2014 description
report UNAIDS

When looking after people in health-care settings, health-care workers can be exposed to a broad range of infections, including HIV. Accidental exposure to HIV in health-care settings can largely be prevented by countries creating an enabling environment and providing the services that allow health-care workers to protect themselves and others from the risk of HIV infection. However, the use of criminal law can lead to miscarriages of justice.

30 Nov 2014 description
report New Vision

More than 30 years after HIV/ AIDS was first detected in Uganda, risky sexual behaviours are still rampant, threatening to increase HIV infections again. As the world marks the World AIDS Day on Monday – December 1 – New Vision highlights some of the trouble spots, with particular emphasis on the trade routes used by long-distance truck drivers. Bonney Odongo and Frederick Turyakira explore the northern and western routes.

In Gulu Industrial Area, Lacor trading centre and Atiak at the Uganda-South Sudan border are the hotspots for commercial sex trade.

29 Nov 2014 description

Cooking banana (matoke), dry cassava chips, sorghum, millet, beans, and white maize are important food commodities for Ugandans. The staple food varies by region. Matoke is most important in the central, western, and southwestern regions; millet in the east; and sorghum in the east, north and northeast. Cassava chips, beans, and white maize are also very important for a significant part of population; cassava chips are especially important in eastern (Soroti), northern, and northwestern (Arua) Uganda. In Mbarara and Kampala, matoke is most important commodity for all households.

29 Nov 2014 description

Karamoja is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or worse

KEY MESSAGES

  • Stressed (IPC Phase 2) persists with the ongoing below average harvest in Karamoja. Households will likely conserve food stocks from their own production until February. Low priced staples on the market and better wage/firewood/charcoal to sorghum Terms of Trade have improved food access for poor households despite their limited purchasing power.

27 Nov 2014 description

President Yoweri Museveni has commended Mr. Alykhan Hudani and his family for locating a modern poultry industry in Semuto, Luweero district.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.

  • In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.