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As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop

KAMPALA, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda’s Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family’s harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles.

“I used to see one of them giving daddy money from which he took out some coins to give my sister,” Zikusoka tells IPS.

“When my brother started going to school, daddy continued with the practice until one day I asked my sister where she was taking the money,” he remembers.

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Uganda: Population Movement Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRUG037

The revised appeal will add epidemic preparedness and food security and nutrition to the existing operation. The host community will also benefit from the operation.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Uganda 15-September-2014

Food Security Snapshot

  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, production of first season crops is estimated at average level
  • Below-average crop production expected in Karamoja region
  • Maize prices continue to seasonally decline in most markets in bi-modal rainfall areas
  • Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region
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A lonely journey to Uganda for unaccompanied children

Hot air beats down on massed people, many selling gadgets and vegetables.

This is the main entry point for refugees fleeing the violence in South Sudan.

Thousands of unaccompanied and separated children have been registered here. Among them is Diana*.

Diana’s story

Diana is 15 years old. She is visibly shy and struggles to maintain eye contact as she sits with her two younger brothers and tells us about her arrival in Uganda.

Her story is heartbreaking.

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Uganda seizes explosives, suicide vests from suspected al Shabaab cell

Source: Reuters - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:42 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Police in the Ugandan capital Kampala seized "substantial amounts of explosives" and suicide vests in raids on a suspected al Shabaab cell that was planning an imminent attack, a Ugandan official said in an interview on Sunday.

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Fresh Water in a Village Called Death

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Pulitzer Center

Lake Victoria is the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, and it is at Agnes Nansubuga's front door in the village of Walumbe. So naturally, that's where she used to fetch her drinking water. Unfortunately, it is also a place that many of her fellow villagers also use as a bathroom. When she drank water from the lake, "I used to get stomach pains," she says.

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5 Years on, No Justice for Protest Killings

Security Force Role in 40 Deaths Never Investigated

(Kampala, September 10, 2014) – Uganda’s authorities have never investigated killings by security forces during two days of rioting in September 2009 that left at least 40 people dead. Despite numerous promises to investigate over the past five years, no police or military members have been held accountable for the killings.

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Uganda’s HIV law at odds with EAC Act

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EastAfrican

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.

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Dry zones in greater Kampala to get water soon

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New Vision

By Vivian Agaba

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has announced plans to increase water supply to many of the dry areas in and around Kampala by August 2015.

To achieve this, the Corporation plans to build sewerage treatment facilities within the drainage areas of Bugolobi, Ggaba and Namasuba, under the Kampala sanitation master plan, a move they say will solve Kampala’s water supply and drainage problems.

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Unclogging Uganda's rural sanitation crisis

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Al Jazeera

Waterborne diseases are rampant in E. African country riven by corruption, but local approaches may offer one solution

August 28, 2014 5:00AM ET

by Sam Loewenberg

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Uganda Food Security Alert - August 29, 2014

Poor households' access to food is unlikely to increase significantly until July 2015. Increased and well-targeted humanitarian assistance is needed for up to 300,000 people.

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British High Commissioner to Uganda on universal bednet campaign

British High Commissioner speaks at closing event of campaign on 16 August.

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.

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Julius Okwera: A Survivor’s journey through pain, despair and hope!

There is nothing more powerful in life than a resilient human spirit and resolve. Mzee Julius Okwera’s story demonstrates why. Okwera a male survivor of rape from Northern Uganda was a victim of the infamous “tek-gungu” or “bend over” a term used by the locals in northern Uganda to describe the rape of men by some soldiers of the then National Resistance Army (NRA), current Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) in the early 1990s.

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Reluctant to return? The primacy of social networks in the repatriation of Rwandan refugees in Uganda

Two decades after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, tens of thousands of refugees remain in exile in Uganda. Since October 2002, the governments of Rwanda and Uganda, and UNHCR have been playing an active role in promoting the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees. However, despite these attempts to return the post-genocide Rwandan refugees to their ‘homeland’, considerable numbers are reluctant to return.

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Improving Agricultural Productivity in Uganda

Lindsay Carter, Program Analyst, Foreign Agricultural Service | U.S. Department of Agriculture | USDA Blog

Standing next to her healthy oxen, Grace Opono explains how new conservation techniques have doubled her maize yield over just two seasons. She is also earning a second income by providing tilling services to neighbors with her oxen. She tells me she can now afford to pay the school fees for her children and reinvest money in her land. This story of achievement shows that USDA’s Food for Progress Program is making a difference.

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Helping Uganda’s HIV positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Barbara Kemigisa used to call herself an “HIV/AIDS campaigner”. These days she would rather be known as an “HIV/AIDS family planning campaigner”.

“We need to reduce unplanned pregnancies and the HIV infection rate in our country,” Kemigisa told IPS during Uganda’s first national family planning conference on July 28. “It’s about dual protection.”

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Historic campaign delivers mosquito nets to every household across Uganda

The 16-month campaign represents a significant landmark in the country’s efforts towards malaria control, distributing one net for every two people, across the country.

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Universal Net Campaign Completed in Uganda, with US, UK and Global Fund Support

Kampala – The U.S. Government, the United Kingdom (U.K.) Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria sealed their commitment to the fight against malaria in Uganda today by finalizing their contribution to the Government of Uganda’s Universal Coverage Campaign. Over 22 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention were distributed under the campaign, the largest universal coverage campaign worldwide, which began in the eastern part of the country and extended to the southwest, northern and the central regions.