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27 Mar 2013 description

Outside the administration block at Loborom Primary School, located 50km from Pader Town in northern Uganda, a group of teachers sit under a tree, sharing a snack of groundnuts as they chat or mark exercise books. Groups of children run around the school compound, enjoying the mid-morning break from lessons.

31 Aug 2012 description

AMREF has launched an mLearning project that will enable nurses and midwives in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to use their mobile phones to develop in their profession and keep up to date with latest medical knowledge.

The project was launched at the AMREF International Training Centre in Nairobi on August 28, 2012, with government officials from the three countries in attendance.

04 Oct 2011 description

With funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and in collaboration with the Government of Uganda, the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP), and other Implementing Partners as well as local stakeholders, the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is implementing a five year project designed to support the scale-up of comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention services in Uganda from September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2015 in 8 districts with an average HIV prevalence of 8.2 %.

16 Feb 2011 description

The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr Geoff Tooth, visited AMREF Headquarters on February 14, where he met and held discussions with AMREF Director General Dr Teguest Guerma, and members of AMREF’s Executive Committee. Mr Tooth was accompanied by AusAID Counsellor Sue Graves.

16 Jul 2010 description

AMREF has dispatched a team of experts to support the Ugandan Government's efforts to handle the aftermath of the July 11 Kampala bomb blasts. The initial team comprising Dr Patrick Akuku, a neurosurgeon, Dr Meshack Onguti, a maxillofacial/reconstructive Surgeon and Jael Alaro, a psychologist, left for Entebbe airport aboard an AMREF plane at 12 Noon on Thursday, July 15.

10 Mar 2010 description

AMREF's ground breaking and award winning electronic learning (eLearning) project has launched in Uganda. The project which is designed to rapidly and cost effectively upgrade the skills of nurses and health workers across Uganda, was launched following a stakeholders meeting in Kampala.

"I am very pleased and indeed delighted to witness the beginning of the eLearning project in Uganda," said the Minister of Health Honourable Stephen Malinga who presided over the launch.

28 Aug 2009 description

My name is Hamidah Nambajiiwe and I come from Mitiyana road. I am 25 years old, Muslim and have two children. I also have a younger sister who lives with me. She is still in school.

I am a trainer here and have been working with AMREF for 3 years.

I came to Kampala when I was 18 years old. My parents died and I did not have enough money to stay in school. I have a large family but they could not help me or give me money and to look after myself, I started working on the streets.

I would work at night and then go to school in the day and I did this for 2 years.

24 Jun 2009 description

Monica Amono stands before a room full of school girls, talking about hygiene, and the importance of a balanced diet. Even in her school uniform, she is the picture of grace and poise: her clothes are clean and immaculately pressed, her hair short and neat. During the previous school term, she gave a similar talk to over 100 people living in the camp for Internally Displaced People near her school. It takes great courage to stand before a crowd and encourage them to change their attitudes and behaviour.

13 Apr 2009 description

Kitgum district in northern Uganda has served as a battle ground for a 20 year war between the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Government. During the course of the conflict, an estimated 1.7 million people have moved into over 180 Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps. These camps are overcrowded, with people living in poverty, vulnerable to disease.

Access to health care is scarce, and few students complete secondary school - even fewer meet the requirements to enter medical and nursing training programmes.

11 Mar 2009 description

Wamala Godfrey stands four and a half feet tall, a little stunted for a 16-year old but his confidence and exuberance reflect a high level of maturity and determination.

With a protective arm around his sister's shoulder, he introduces us to the family. "This is Edith, she's 13 years, Matovu 9, and Alan 12," he says, adding that they are all he has left.

Wamala is an orphan raising his younger siblings in the Luwero district in Uganda.

26 Feb 2009 description

Between 1980-86 between 100,000 and 200,000 civilians were killed and thousands of others were detained, tortured and assaulted.

Many health workers were killed or fled the region, and health centres were destroyed or ruined by neglect. Family units broke down and thousands of people were displaced.

13 Feb 2009 description

Though Uganda's health services are weak, joint efforts by the Ministry of Health and organisations such as AMREF have in recent years improved overall access to better health for its people. Today, 72% of the population lives within 5km of a health facility - up from 49% five years ago.

Working with district health councils and health care institutions, AMREF is improving the knowledge and skills of local communities and health professionals through training and partnering - targeting community health workers, water committees and technicians, women's groups and community …

23 Jul 2008 description

Charles is a pump mechanic, trained by AMREF, working to provide clean water in internally displaced people's camps in northern Uganda 'If it wasn't for the war, I would probably have become a successful farmer,' Charles Okana says, wiping sweat from his brow. Charles supervises seven men and women 2km from the Orom IDP (Internally Displaced People) camp, They have come here to repair a water pump. After carefully taking apart the equipment, they replace broken parts and reassemble the unit.

17 Jun 2008 description

Monica Amono stands before a room full of school girls, talking about hygiene, and the importance of a balanced diet. Even in her school uniform, she is the picture of grace and poise: her clothes are clean and immaculately pressed, her hair short and neat. During the previous school term, she gave a similar talk to over 100 people living in the camp for Internally Displaced People near her school. It takes great courage to stand before a crowd and encourage them to change their attitudes and behaviour.

30 May 2008 description

Years of civil war, particularly concentrated in northern Uganda, have left many people living in displaced persons camps, unable to return to their homes. Three quarters of people in Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts in Northern Uganda live in these camps, with little or no access to services, such as clean water. This, couple with poor hygiene and sanitation, means that people are vulnerable to disease.

Looting and neglect have destroyed much of the local infrastructure including safe-water sources such as boreholes, shallow wells and protected springs.

25 Sep 2007 description

In northern Uganda, thousands of people displaced by the 20-year civil war have started returning to their ancestral homes from the war camps due to the improving security situation.

21 Sep 2007 description

The government of Uganda has declared a state of emergency in several parts of the country that have been affected by massive flooding in the last few days. This means that funds that were marked for other purposes can now be diverted towards helping an estimated 300,000 people affected by the floods.

According to Uganda's Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru, the floods are expected to worsen in several parts of the country over the next few months.

20 Sep 2007 description

Severe flooding across Uganda has forced thousands of people from their homes. At least 21 deaths are directly attributed to the flooding. Twenty five districts, mostly in the eastern and northern regions, have been cut off as a result of the floods, with bridges and major roadways have been washed away. The hardest hit districts are Katakwi, and Amuria and Lira, as well as Soroti, where AMREF works.