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13 Dec 2017 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By TOM BRIAN ANGURINI

In Summary

Anemia. According to the report findings, levels of anemia were recorded at 53 per cent among children aged between six and 59 months, of which 54 per cent of these were in rural areas and 48 per cent in urban areas with variations in different regions.

Kampala. A new study commissioned by civil society has revealed that the country is facing biting hunger and malnutrition.

12 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from trees. This will stop his plants from catching the notorious banana bacterial wilt, which has destroyed many farms in Uganda.

“We have been told that to reduce the spread of the wilt. We have to cut them so that bees that visit them don’t spread the disease,” he says.

Read more on The Guardian.

09 Nov 2017 description

Refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Uganda at an average rate of 35,000 a month this year

  • More than a million South Sudanese refugees are in Uganda
  • Delays and funding cuts means many are desperate for food
  • Some have gone back to forage and been killed

By Jason Patinkin

PALORINYA, Uganda, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Oliver Wani found sanctuary from South Sudan's civil war in a Ugandan refugee camp. But when the food ran out, he returned home only to be killed in the conflict he had fled.

01 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By The EastAfrican

Kenya is on high alert following a suspected case of the Ebola-like Marburg virus in the western Trans Nzoia County, which borders Uganda.

This is after a Ugandan national with symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever visited a herbalist in a village in Kaisagat location, Kwanza Constituency, seeking medical assistance.

County health officials said samples from the Ugandan have been taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for analysis with results expected on Wednesday morning.

31 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Raghav Gaiha and Vani S. Kulkarni

Raghav Gaiha, is (Honorary) Professorial Research Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, England; and **Vani S. Kulkarni** is Lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, USA).

26 Oct 2017 description

Kampala, Oct 26, IRNA – Iran-Uganda hospital was inaugurated in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, in a ceremony attended by visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday.

Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa also was present in the ceremony.

Zarif also toured different sections of 50-bed hospital financed in collaboration with the Islamic Republic's private sectors and Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

25 Oct 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Jacqueline Weyer, Senior Medical Scientist, National Institute for Communicable Diseases

20 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Wambi Michael

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 2017 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.

13 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By Evelyn Lirri

Beatrice Cheptoyet underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) at the age of 16. That was three decades ago.

At the time, it was common practice for girls from her Sabiny tribe as well as a section of the Karimojong tribes of eastern and northeastern Uganda to undergo the procedure as a rite of passage into womanhood.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

04 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lindah Mogeni

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2017 (IPS) - “Peace is not a one-day affair or event, it requires our collective effort,” said South Sudan’s Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, while addressing the General Assembly at the UN.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, celebrated its six-year anniversary on July 9 this year, with its president, Salva Kirr, marking 2017 as the ‘Year of Peace and Prosperity.’

01 Oct 2017 description
report Monitor-Uganda

In Summary

The Hoima District vice chairperson Mr Benson Ciche who rushed to the school and participated in transporting the sick to hospital said government should prioritize providing lightning arrestors in all schools.

The Buhanika Sub County chairperson Mr Jamil Kasangaki, said the lightning struck and killed a goat and a cow belonging to Mr Joseph Kiiza in Kifumura II village.

By Francis Mugerwa
Hoima

27 Sep 2017 description
report Monitor-Uganda

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in Nfasha Trading Centre, Ikamiro Parish, Rubanda District, after a rainstorm that lasted about an hour.

The victims were swept away by running water on Tuesday at about 4pm.

Surging water brought down nine houses and carried down the valley two babies, three women and eight men where they died.

Four men were injured and rushed to Kabale Hospital.

The District Police Commander, Mr Ramathan Tai confirmed the deaths saying 13 bodies have been recovered, seven on Tuesday evening and six on Wednesday.

22 Sep 2017 description
report New Vision

The President said research has shown that once you are on treatment, there is a reduced chance of spreading the HIV infection.

HIV/AIDS | TOWARDS ZERO

Determined to realize Uganda’s goal to fast-track initiative on ending HIV/AIDS in Uganda by 2030, President Museveni told a high level meeting on AIDS organised by UNAIDS and Co-hosted by Uganda that with research, prevention and experience, it is possible to end AIDS in its totality.

22 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

African countries are facing a maize shortage and losses running into billions of dollars due to the devastation caused by the fall armyworm.

A new report released by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests.

22 Sep 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationPhilippe Roudier, Chargé de recherche agriculture, climat et sécurité alimentaire, AFD (Agence française de développement)

Disclosure statement: Philippe Roudier does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Monitor-Uganda

In Summary

  • The disaster comes barely a month after the same area was hit by floods that killed two people, destroyed several semi-permanent structures and properties worth billions of shillings and displaced about 6,000 people.

By JULIUS OCUNGI GULU

A devastating flash flood has again swept through Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point.

13 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • While Uganda produces close to four million tonnes of maize annually, Agriculture Minister Vincent Sempijja said that the impact of the armyworm infestation could be responsible for the loss of at least 450,000 tonnes of maize or $192.8 million worth of maize exports.

  • First reported in Nigeria in January 2016, the fall armyworm has since spread to Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Togo, and Ghana.

13 Sep 2017 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By CISSY MAKUMBI &TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY

GULU. One morning in 2010, Esther Lakari, a resident of Panyul Village in Agago Sub-county, Lamwo District, set off to her farm to harvest food for her family. She had no idea that tragedy awaited her.

Lakari says she was walking to her garden when she had a blast and became unconscious. She later woke up at Kitgum Hospital to find her right leg amputated. She had stepped on a land mine that maimed her leg.

Lakari, a mother of five, was later abandoned by her husband and is now struggling to raise her children on her own.