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23 Dec 2009 description
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By Catherine Bekunda

THE Government has released over sh50b to support agricultural production in rural areas, the chairperson of the Micro Finance Support Centre, Dr.

18 Dec 2009 description
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By Chris Kiwawulo

OVER 300 children have been found with a strange 'nodding disease' in Kitgum district. The affected children aged between eight and 15 are mainly in Internally Displaced People's (IDP) camps in the three sub-counties of Amida, Akwang and Palabek gem.

A team of 20 medics from the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Mulago and Butabika hospitals carried out a two-week study of the disease in the district.

AFENET medical epidemiologist Dr.

08 Dec 2009 description
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By Olandason Wanyama

in Kaabong

TWELVE people have so far died and 210 are admitted following an outbreak of Hepatitis E in Kaabong district in north-eastern Uganda. Michael Lochiyo, the district health educator, said scores had been admitted at Kaabong Health Centre IV and other health centres.

"We have been hit by an increasing number of patients and deaths in the district," he said.

Hepatitis E is a viral infection that is transmitted through drinking water or eating contaminated food.

15 Nov 2009 description
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By Daniel Edyegu

The Government is to spend $150m (about sh282b) to build infrastructure in Universal Secondary Education (USE) schools countrywide, the state minister for primary education, Dr. Kamanda Bataringaya, has disclosed.

The funds will be spent to construct 6,613 classrooms, 450 laboratories, libraries, 2,600 pit-latrines and 41 teacher's houses so as to create a conducive learning environment in USE schools.

26 Oct 2009 description
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By Cyprian Musoke

The US has given Uganda a $246m (about sh461b) development grant. The grant is aimed at improving health and the standard of living.

US assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and state minister for finance agreement Ruth Nankabirwa signed the financing at State House Entebbe on Saturday.

President Yoweri Museveni presided over the event.

A statement from the American embassy said the agreement highlights the strength of the relationship between the two countries.

21 Oct 2009 description
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By Stephen Nuwagira

The Government is to rehabilitate Mubuku, Doho, Agoro and Olweny irrigation schemes.

According to a notice for expression of interest from the agriculture ministry, the project is aimed at restoring the irrigation potential of the four schemes to improve farm incomes, food securiity and rural livelihoods.

05 Oct 2009 description
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By Gerald Tenywa

Heavy rains, expected to be disastrous in the mountainous areas and the eastern parts of Lake Kyoga, have started as predicted by weather experts.

"El-Nino rains have started.

04 Oct 2009 description
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By Gerald Tenywa and Patrick Murangira

AT LEAST six people, five of them children, have been confirmed dead after a landslide hit Kyokyezo village in Rubanda county, Kabale district. According to Rubanda MP Godfrey Ahabwe, four bodies have been recovered.

Two children, twins, were still trapped under the mud, Ahabwe added.

17 Sep 2009 description
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By Anne Mugisa

THE?Government has begun emergency preparations ahead of the destructive El-Nino rains expected to start next month.

The ministries of health, works and education are to make advance deliveries of emergency materials to areas most likely to be hardest hit, disaster preparedness minister Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere said yesterday.

He said the emergency items include bailey bridges, inflatable boats, first-line drugs and emergency learning centres.

07 Sep 2009 description
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By Henry Mukasa

UGANDA'S military offensive against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and their leader, Joseph Kony, has been extended to the Central Africa Republic (CAR).

The Ministry of Defence said yesterday the Ugandan forces were pursuing the rebels in the jungles of CAR. The rebels have abducted, maimed and killed thousands of people in the region.

"The offensive is going on. The Central Africa Republic authorised us to pursue the LRA in its territory. Our boys are there and are doing the job," the army spokesman, Lt. Col.

24 Aug 2009 description
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Frederick Kiwanuka

THE Government has earmarked sh60m to a bulldozer for cattle-keepers in Luweero and Rwenzori regions. Nyombi Tembo, the Luweero Triangle state minister, said the scheme was aimed at helping cattle keeping communities in the former Luweero Triangle build water dams.

The scheme, which kicks off in October, will start in the sub-counties of Ngoma and Kinyogoga, both in Nakaseke district,?he said.

20 Jul 2009 description
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The food crisis in the north and north eastern parts of the country is affecting the education sector, Parliament's agriculture committee has discovered.

The MP's who have been on a one week fact finding tour to Teso region say many children have dropped out of school due to hunger.

Vice Chairperson of the committee and also the Kiboga East MP Katende Serunjogi says a big percentage of children in hospitals are malnourished because of lack of food.

Government should ensure that relief food reaches the vulnerable people, he advised.

15 Jul 2009 description
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By Milton Olupot and Cyprian Musoke

SEVENTEEN districts in the north and northeastern Uganda are experiencing famine, the Prime Minister, Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, told Parliament yesterday.

He said 52 districts countrywide were faced with food insecurity.

Nsibambi categorised the food crisis in three levels; famine, acute food shortage and moderate food shortage.

He was contributing to the debate on the recent State of the Nation address by President Museveni.

Famine, he said, was being experienced in Amuria, Katakwi, Kaberamaido, Bukedea, Kumi, Soroti, Bukwo, Adjumani, Arua, …

13 Jul 2009 description
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By Anthony Bugembe

FAMINE in the Teso region dominated the 2009 World Population Day celebrations, with leaders urging the Government to invest in irrigation and machinery as long term solutions to the problem.

Addressing thousands of people who braved the scorching sun at Katakwi High School grounds on Saturday, local leaders said the Iteso were hard working, but the climate had not favoured them.

There has been no rainfall for the last six months and the soils are dry, said Robert Ekongot, the district chairman

"We do not have food not because we are lazy, but because …

08 Jul 2009 description
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By Milton Olupot

MPs from the famine-hit north and north-eastern Uganda yesterday walked out of a meeting called to discuss the situation with disaster preparedness minister Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere.

Women MPs Rose Akol (Bukedea) and Agnes Akiror (Kumi) broke down and wept.

"Iteso are hard-working people, we are not beggars. We would not be begging you if it was not for the climatic conditions that have failed our crops.

12 Jun 2009 description
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By Anthony Bugembe

THE ministry of Health will carry out another round of polio and measles immunisation today in areas that were hit by vaccine shortage during the just-ended three-day national immunisation campaign.

Last weekend several parts of the country reported a shortage of vaccines. This left several parents and guardians who had taken their children for immunisation stranded.

"We have asked our supervisors countrywide to document sub-counties where some children missed being immunised because of a shortage of the vaccines so that we can deliver them.

25 May 2009 description
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By Conan Businge and Jeff Lule

ABOUT 30% of Ugandans lacked enough food in the past one year, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

About 4% of respondents said they or their families "always" lacked enough food, 9% said they had suffered "many times" from lack of food, while another 18% said they went "several times" without enough food.

Uganda scores slightly better than Kenya or Tanzania, two other countries in the region sampled, although it has a higher percentage of people who say they always lacked sufficient food.

19 Apr 2009 description
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By Olandason Wanyama in Moroto

The Government has stopped NGOs from holding seminars in Karamoja to allow leaders concentrate on food production.

"We have suspended all seminars in Karamoja till July to allow leaders and the communities prepare their gardens for planting food," the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru, said during a two-day tour of Nakapiripirit and Moroto districts over the weekend.

"It is raining and you are wasting your time with workshops," he stated at the launch of the food revitalisation programme for Karamoja in Irriri …

23 Mar 2009 description
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By Herbert Ssempogo

UGANDA has received a $6m (about sh12b) grant from Japan to construct a rice research centre at the Namulonge Crops Research Institute in Wakiso district. The research will focus on New Rice for Africa, a high-yielding, early-maturing species promoted by Japan.