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Alcune notizie sull’Uganda e sull’Africa recuperate da internet nel dicembre 2017.

UGANDA: FIGHT AGAINST HIV SHOULD CONTINUE
1 dicembre 2017

SECOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PLANNED FOR UGANDA
1 dicembre 2017

VILLAGE HEALTH TEAMS CONTRIBUTE TREMENDOUSLY TO THE MARBURG RESPONSE IN EASTERN UGANDA
2 dicembre 2017

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS SOUGHT FOR CHALLENGES FACED BY REFUGEES IN UGANDA
3 dicembre 2017

‘SUPER BEANS’ RAISE HOPES IN HUNGER-PRONE PARTS OF AFRICA
3 dicembre 2017

LIMITED SUPPORT FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN NORTHERN UGANDA LEAVES MANY WITHOUT EDUCATION
4 dicembre 2017

M-KOPA SECURES $8OM FOR KENYA, UGANDA SOLAR POWER
6 dicembre 2017

HOW AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS CAN GROW THEIR PENSION SECTORS
6 dicembre 2017

SPECIALIZED HEALTHCARE IS INACCESSIBLE FOR MOST IN UGANDA
11 dicembre 2017

UGANDA FACING ACUTE FOOD INSECURITY, SAYS NEW REPORT
13 dicembre 2017

UGANDA DECLARED MARBURG FREE
17 dicembre 2017

UGANDA: PRICES DROP AS SUGAR FLOODS MARKET
20 dicembre 2017

CHOLERA HOTSPOTS FOUND AT UGANDA’S BORDERS AND LAKES
28 dicembre 2017

HOW A GUARDIAN PROJECT WROUGHT CHANGE IN PEOPLE OF RURAL UGANDA
31 dicembre 2017

 


UGANDA: FIGHT AGAINST HIV SHOULD CONTINUE
1 dicembre 2017

Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Aids Day. On this occasion, we should extend our gratitude to those who have championed and led Uganda in her pursuit to bring HIV infection to an end. In this regard, we must not forget to appreciate, especially people living with HIV/Aids, who have confronted the Aids scourge head on.
read more: allafrica.com

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SECOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PLANNED FOR UGANDA
1 dicembre 2017
Uganda will build a second international airport, Kabaale International Airport, which is on track to begin construction in 2018.
The airport will handle passengers and cargo and facilitate the construction of an oil refinery in the area. Oil was discovered 10 years ago in the Albertine rift basin near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.  
read more:
tourismupdate.co.zaErin Steenhoff-Snethlage

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VILLAGE HEALTH TEAMS CONTRIBUTE TREMENDOUSLY TO THE MARBURG RESPONSE IN EASTERN UGANDA
2 dicembre 2017
Moses (not real name) is a resident of Kaproron, in Kween district, which has been experiencing the Marburg Virus Disease (MV) outbreak. Like many residents of the district, Moses had never heard of MVD before.
“Honestly, I had never heard of Marburg,” he says adding that “in fact, had it not been the Village Health Teams (VHTs) working in my area, I would have taken a long time to know all the facts about the disease.  In fact until recently to Moses and many of his village mates, MVD was nonexistent but just witchcraft. Many believed the Ministry of Health (MoH) and partners “manufactured MVD to make some money”.

read more: afro.who.int

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DIGITAL SOLUTIONS SOUGHT FOR CHALLENGES FACED BY REFUGEES IN UGANDA
3 dicembre 2017
Challenges in information dissemination, education delivery, distribution of items and goods, agricultural services for increased productivity and marketing, diseases among others remained outstanding in the refugee camps in Uganda.
Japhet Kawanguzi, a team leader at Innovations Village of Africa in Kampala, is convinced that innovators can play a role by suggesting and developing simplified digital solutions to some of the challenges.
He suggested that humanitarian organisations, development partners and government engage the innovators for their take as the crisis neared no end.
read more: newvision.co.ugNelson Kiva

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‘SUPER BEANS’ RAISE HOPES IN HUNGER-PRONE PARTS OF AFRICA
3 dicembre 2017
Richard Opio dipped a dirt-stained hand into the pinkish beans, marveling at the dramatic changes they’ve made for his family. They used to harvest two sacks of normal beans; now they take in six.
The so-called “super bean,” a fast-maturing, high-yield variety, is being promoted by Uganda’s government and agriculture experts amid efforts to feed hunger-prone parts of Africa. It’s also a step toward the next goal: the “super, super bean” that researchers hope can be created. The beans are produced by conventional genetic selection, not the contentious genetic modification technologies.
read more: ctvnews.caRodney Muhumuza

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LIMITED SUPPORT FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN NORTHERN UGANDA LEAVES MANY WITHOUT EDUCATION
4 dicembre 2017
Like many children with severe physical disabilities in rural Uganda, Richard Obwol grew up believing he had been a curse, a physical manifestation of black magic, cast upon his family.
Mr Obwol’s health began to deteriorate when he was five years old and the polio virus spread through his tiny body, paralysing his right leg and left hand.
Desperate to save the youngest of their 10 children, Mr Obwol’s parents did the only thing they thought could help him: they took him to a witch doctor.
“In those days, they used to follow the route of witchcraft,” said Mr Obwol. “They went through some other sources, not medical, to try and bring my energy back. But they failed. I was told I was paralysed and nobody had the hope of me regaining my health, but thank God I regained.”
read more
: thenational.ae – Roberta Pennington

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M-KOPA SECURES $8OM FOR KENYA, UGANDA SOLAR POWER
6 dicembre 2017
M-KOPA Solar, a provider of solar energy solutions, recently secured $80 million to finance the access to solar energy in at least a million homes in Kenya and Uganda.
Partnering a group of financial lenders, this is arguably the largest credit commitment towards off-grid solar energy in East Africa. The money will be spent over three years.
According to the arrangement of the syndicate loan, Stanbic bank will shore up $55 million in local currency debt, with the bank itself committing $9 million.

read more: observer.ug– Ali Twaha

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HOW AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS CAN GROW THEIR PENSION SECTORS
6 dicembre 2017
How can African governments ensure that the working population has some sort of social security at old age? That was the main issue discussed during the two-day East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) conference held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Nov. 23-24.
Richard Byarugaba, the new chairman of ECASSA and managing director at National Social Security Fund, Uganda, said there is a growing concern that there are only two million people out of the 15 million working population in the country who have social security coverage under either pension scheme of the government or under the NSSF.
read more: independent.co.ug – Julius Businge

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SPECIALIZED HEALTHCARE IS INACCESSIBLE FOR MOST IN UGANDA
11 dicembre 2017
Access to good healthcare is not something many Ugandans take for granted and for even a larger number access to specialised healthcare is impossible.
Only the wealthy and well connected have a chance to fly out of the country to get the quality healthcare they need for specialized treatment.
However, there are those who say Uganda can do more to offer its citizens the kind of specialized treatment many seek abroad.
They say that the amounts of money spent on VIP treatment would be better used to improve the state of local hospitals.
read more:
ntv.co.ug

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UGANDA FACING ACUTE FOOD INSECURITY, SAYS NEW REPORT
13 dicembre 2017

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.
A new study commissioned by civil society has revealed that the country is facing biting hunger and malnutrition.
The report conducted by the Food Rights Alliance, Health Promotion and Social Development and Centre for Health Rights and Development, which was launched in Kampala on Monday, shows that 10.9 million Ugandans experienced acute food insecurity between the months of March and November “and 1.6 million were in a food crisis situation”.
read more: reliefweb.int Tom Brian Angurini

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UGANDA DECLARED MARBURG FREE
17 dicembre 2017
Backed by a Sh3.5billion outbreak response, Uganda has contained the recent Marburg Viral Disease outbreak and declared the country free of the infectious disease. The declaration comes after completion of 42 days of the post-Marburg surveillance countdown period for the contacts of the last confirmed case, as per the World Health Organization (WHO) requirement for declaring an end to an outbreak of any Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (VHF). “Today, marks 42 days since the death of the last confirmed case which occurred on 26th October 2017, indicating that the outbreak which occurred in Kween and Kapchorwa districts has been contained. The Ministry officially declares the country free from Marburg disease,” said State Minister of health in charge of General Duties Sarah Opendi on Dec.08
read more: independent.co.ug

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UGANDA: PRICES DROP AS SUGAR FLOODS MARKET
20 dicembre 2017
Although many traders hike prices of some commodities during the festive season, the story is now different with the price of sugar continuing to drop to as low as Shs3,800 in some places in Busoga.
Currently, a kilogramme of sugar costs Shs3,800 from Shs4,500 at retail points, while for wholesale it goes for Shs3,100. And at the factory a 50kg bag costs Shs155, 000 down from Shs175, 000 a few weeks ago.
Speaking to Daily Monitor yesterday, the chairperson of Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association (USMA), Mr Jim Kabeho, said they have reduced the prices of sugar due to duty free sugar flooding the market.
read more: allafrica.comTausi Nakato

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CHOLERA HOTSPOTS FOUND AT UGANDA’S BORDERS AND LAKES
28 dicembre 2017
Uganda is among the countries is sub-Saharan Africa where cholera remains a recurring problem, despite advances in science and technology for prevention, detection and treatment of the infectious disease. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified cholera hotspots around Uganda to help target interventions.
Cholera, caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae O1 or O139, is estimated to infect up to 4 million people a year worldwide, and lead to tens of thousands of deaths. In sub-Saharan Africa, the fatality rate is more than 2 percent. Epidemics have occurred in Uganda regularly since 1971.
read more: eurekalert.org

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HOW A GUARDIAN PROJECT WROUGHT CHANGE IN PEOPLE OF RURAL UGANDA
31 dicembre 2017
Joyce Abiro was among the first to join the Katine farmers’ co-operative in 2010.
She’s since been able to take out loans to buy seeds and equipment, store what she produces in the community warehouse so that it keeps dry and clean, and sell her crops when the price is right.
This has allowed the 52-year-old, who lives in Ajobi village, to send her children to school, pay any medical bills, and build a more secure brick house for the family.
“I can produce [crops] and have a place to sell them. The co-operative gives me a market for my produce,” says Abiro.
“I was able to build that brick house,” she says, pointing to a structure in the centre of her compound, which she shares with her husband, mother-in law, and six of her 10 children. “Before, I was living in a mud hut.”
The Katine Joint Farmers Co-operative Society was established to improve the quality and quantity of food produced in this rural sub-county of northeast Uganda.
read more: gulf-times.com – Liz Ford

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