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27 Feb 2011 description
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By Olandason Wanyama

A four-acre vegetable irrigation project aimed at supporting 62 households has been launched in drought-hit Karamoja.

26 Jan 2011 description
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By Dismus Buregyeya

RESIDENTS of Kalungu district are facing an acute water shortage following a prolonged dry spell.

The most affected area is Lwabenge sub-county where residents fetch water from Katonga swamp.

The district authorities on January 24, however launched a sh48m rain harvesting water tank program as a strategy to counter the water crisis.

Dan Rwabuhinga, the district water officer said, the district council approved a budget of sh213.6m for water activities in the 2010/2011 financial year.

He revealed that over 100 water sources will be constructed to solve the …

05 Jan 2011 description
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THE Ministry of Health is seeking over sh12b to fight the yellow fever disease that has so far killed 50 people in northern Uganda.

The yellow fever outbreak, which was first reported in Abim district in Karamoja sub-region in November 2010, has since been identified in nine other districts.

The districts are Agago, Kitgum, Lamwo, Pader, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Kotido and Kaabong.

Dr.

03 Jan 2011 description
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By RACHEAL NINSIIMA

THE Health ministry has postponed the mass vaccination exercise against yellow fever due to the scarcity of the vaccine.

Vaccination was scheduled to start yesterday in nine districts in northern Uganda following the procurement of the vaccine at the end of last year.

Districts where vaccination was slated to take place are Abim, Agago, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader, Gulu, Arua, Kaabong and Lira.

"Vaccination is not starting today because we have not yet got any feedback regarding the availability of the vaccine," Dr.

21 Dec 2010 description
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By Catherine Bekunda

THE Government has sent relief items to victims of the Nadunget fire tragedy in Karamoja.

Fire razed five settlements in Nawanatau village, Komeret parish in Moroto district on december 18, destroying property and animals.

19 Dec 2010 description
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By Olandason Wanyama

A massive fire razed down five settlements in Karamoja on Saturday, leaving over 500 people homeless.

The three-hour blaze began in Nawanatau village in Komeret parish, Nadunget sub-county in Moroto district.

15 Dec 2010 description
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Wednesday, 15th December, 2010

18 Oct 2010 description
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By Raymond Baguma

UGANDA and Germany have signed a bilateral financing agreement worth over sh470b to support the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and sanitation provision as well as easing access to rural finance.

The signing marked the conclusion of negotiations held in May between representatives of the two governments.

The ceremony took place yesterday at the finance ministry's boardroom between the finance minister, Syda Bbumba, German envoy to Uganda Klaus Dieter Duxmann and Nobert Kloppenburg, the board manager of KfW, the German development …

26 Sep 2010 description
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By Simon Emwamu and Felix Osujo

PROPERTY worth over sh10b has been destroyed by the ongoing rains in Katakwi district, a report released by the chief administrative officer, Milton Kato, has shown.

According to the report of September 16, the situation has been made worse by the run-off water from the neighbouring districts of Napak and Amuria, which has filled up waterways and also destroys infrastructure, crops and grazing land.

"The most affected areas are Magoro, Katakwi, Ngariam, Ongongoja and Palam sub-counties.

17 Aug 2010 description
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By John Kasozi and Rachael Ninsiima

ABOUT 19% of Ugandans are malnourished, the gender, labour and social affairs minister, Gabriel Opio, has said.

"Most affected are children below five years. Stunted growth and underweight among this group have persisted," he said. Opio was speaking at the opening of the two-day workshop on nutrition at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel in Munyonyo.

"Child malnutrition continues to be an important development challenge for our nation.

15 Aug 2010 description
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By Steven Candia

THE US has donated $4.8m (about sh10.5b) to improve food security in the drought-stricken Karamoja region.

The donation, to be channelled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will be directed towards the emergency relief operation of the World Food Programme (WFP), according to a statement.

"The donation is in response to poor harvests in the region in the past three consecutive years due to the erratic rainfall.

06 Aug 2010 description
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By Olandason Wanyama

SEVEN people died of cholera last week following an outbreak in Nangodia village in Panyangara sub-county, Kotido district.They lived in Aurukan Kraal, which has a population of over 2,000 Karimojong.

The district chairman, Rex Achilla, on Thursday said 546 people had been hospitalised at Kotido health centre with symptoms of cholera, but had been discharged. He attributed the outbreak to heavy rains and poor sanitation.

Achilla added that cholera had hit all sub-counties with at least a case being reported daily.

11 Jul 2010 description
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By Daniel Edyegu

DESPITE the reducing rains in the eastern region, schools that were hit by floods in March in Butaleja district are still grappling in the aftermath of the disaster.

Primary schools in Doho, Namahere, Lubembe and Bugombe sub-counties were temporarily shut down at the peak of the floods that swept the district following heavy rains in the Mt. Elgon region.

Whereas most the schools were reopened, some had to start holding classes under trees because buildings were damaged during the floods.

08 Jul 2010 description
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By John Kasozi

THE National Crops Resources Research Institute at Namulonge has developed new drought resistant varieties of maize, cassava, beans and upland rice crops.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, the plant breeder team leader, Dr.

27 Jun 2010 description
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By Daniel Edyegu

OVER 600 displaced pupils in Bulucheke camp, who enrolled for primary education in the aftermath of the March 1 Bududa landslides, have dropped out of school.

Last term, the Government partnered with civil society organisations in the camp to enroll pupils at Hope Education Centre, located within the camp and Bumwalye Primary School, about a kilometre away.

The schools took on pupils from Tunuwasi, Nametsi and Kitsatsa primary schools in the neighbouring Bumayoka sub-county that were closed after the landslides.

According to the pupil's attendance …

15 Jun 2010 description
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By Conan Businge

UGANDA is short of 50% of the required health workers in the public service, according to a report by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The 2010 report showed that the country needed more health workers to effectively handle the health sector.

The report was released yesterday at a meeting held in Kampala to discuss the role of the private sector in health care in Uganda.

It was organised by the health ministry, USAID, International Finance Corporation and the Italian Corporation in Uganda.

The country needs about 46,977 …

25 May 2010 description
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By Barbara Among

CASSAVA brown streak, a new strain of disease that affects the edible part of the crop, has hit several parts of the country.

According to the agriculture ministry, the disease has affected 50% of the country.

"It is spreading fast and we are faced with a more serious situation than we witnessed with the cassava mosaic disease," Ephram Tumubweine, the commissioner of crop protection, said.

Tumubweine said almost all varieties, bred or selected for resistance to cassava mosaic disease, are susceptible to the brown streak.

24 May 2010 description
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By Vision Reporter

THE First Lady and state minister for Karamoja, Janet Museveni, has requested the army and the Police to deploy more security personnel at food distribution points in Karamoja district.

The move aims at ensuring the safety of food distributors and beneficiaries.

She made the remarks last week during a meeting of stakeholders in food production and distribution at Morulinga.

According to a State House statement, the meeting aimed at finding ways of improving the distribution of relief food in the region.

It was attended by district heads from Moroto, …

18 May 2010 description
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Tuesday, 18th May, 2010

Over 4 billion dollars is required for the rehabilitation of 2 million hectares of forest cover country wide.

This was revealed by the climate change experts at the National Forestry Authority.

Xavier Mugumya says the deforestation deficit is estimated to cover an area of 1.4 million hectares in a period from 1990-2005.

Uganda may turn into a desert if no action is taken to regain the lost forest cover, Mugumya warns.