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PRESTITI AFRICANI PER LE STRADE DIRETTE IN CONGO E KENYA
31 luglio 2014

UGANDA: CORTE COSTITUZIONALE BOCCIA LEGGE ANTI-GAY
1 agosto 2014

USA-CINA, SFIDA PER L’AFRICA
5 agosto 2014

UGANDA: PRIMO GAY PRIDE, GOVERNO ATTACCA
9 agosto 2014

UGANDA SHILLING MAINTAINS ITS APPRECIATING TONE
15 agosto 2014

MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV INFECTIONS REDUCE DRASTICALLY
17 august 2014

PROVIDE MORE FUNDS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION
18 august 2014

REBELS DELEGATION ARRIVES IN KAMPALA
18 august 2014

UGANDA: REDUCING MALARIA DEATHS IN INFANTS
19 august 2014

UGANDA IS EBOLA-FREE
19 august 2014

70 SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES ENTERING UGANDA DAILY
20 august 2014

UK, US SUPPORT UGANDA MALARIA ERADICATION EFFORTS
20 august 2014

TOURISM INDUSTRY GOES PROFESSIONAL
28 august 2014


PRESTITI AFRICANI PER LE STRADE DIRETTE IN CONGO E KENYA
31 luglio 2014
Con l’obiettivo di favorire il commercio tra l’Uganda, la Repubblica democratica del Congo e il Kenya, la Banca africana di sviluppo garantirà al governo di Kampala prestiti per quasi 100 milioni di dollari. I fondi serviranno per ricostruire e ampliare in Uganda due strade che raggiungono i confini dei due paesi vicini.
La tratta diretta verso il Congo è la Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishaka-Kanungu, quella keniana è la Bumbobi-Lwakhakha. La concessione dei prestiti è stata annunciata da Dan Alinange, portavoce dell’Ente stradale nazionale dell’Uganda, e confermata attraverso una nota dalla Banca africana di sviluppo.
fonte www.misna.org

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UGANDA: CORTE COSTITUZIONALE BOCCIA LEGGE ANTI-GAY
1 agosto 2014
La legge anti-gay, varata in Uganda nel dicembre scorso tra le critiche internazionali, è stata bocciata dalla Corte costituzionale di Kampala che l’ha definita “nulla“. Secondo i giudici, il processo legislativo ha violato le regole costituzionali, dal momento che quando è stata approvata in Parlamento, non c’era il quorum necessario di deputati. La normativa, entrata in vigore a febbraio, prevedeva il carcere a vita per gli omosessuali.
fonte www.agi.it

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USA-CINA, SFIDA PER L’AFRICA
5 agosto 2014
Sull’esempio dei numerosi summit organizzati dal governo cinese nell’ultimo decennio, questa settimana anche l’amministrazione Obama ha ospitato a Washington un vertice con i leader africani per cercare di ravvivare i rapporti commerciali con un continente sempre più nell’orbita economica di Pechino.
Al centro dell’incontro con circa 50 capi di stato e di governo africani c’è stato in particolare il tentativo da parte della Casa Bianca di dare un qualche impulso al rinnovo di una legge sul commercio con l’Africa in scadenza nel settembre del prossimo anno.
L’African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) era stato approvato dal Congresso americano nel maggio del 2000 e prevede l’abbattimento delle tariffe doganali USA su una serie di prodotti di alcuni paesi dell’Africa sub-sahariana. In questi anni, l’AGOA ha sostenuto in particolare le esportazioni petrolifere dei paesi dell’Africa occidentale, mentre gli altri settori dell’economia del continente hanno avuto modesti benefici, come conferma un volume di scambi con gli Stati Uniti, per i prodotti diversi dal petrolio, pari ad appena 5 miliardi di dollari nel 2013 contro 1,4 miliardi nel 2001.
Secondo gli esperti, per ottenere un impatto significativo sarebbero necessarie regole meno restrittive sulle esportazioni verso l’America di prodotti come zucchero, tabacco e cotone, anche se i produttori statunitensi continuano ad opporsi. Gli USA, poi, utilizzano iniziative come l’AGOA come strumento per stabilire rapporti strategici con i paesi africani interessati, escludendo dai benefici economici che ne deriverebbero quelli meno disponibili, con la giustificazione del mancato rispetto dei diritti umani. Gli sforzi americani in relazione al continente africano hanno prodotto finora scarsi risultati sul fronte economico, come confermano i numeri.
Da alcuni anni, infatti, gli scambi commerciali tra la Cina e l’Africa hanno superato quelli degli Stati Uniti e hanno raggiunto l’anno scorso la cifra di 170 miliardi di dollari, cioè più del doppio di quelli tra USA e paesi africani. Nei primi mesi del 2014, inoltre, questi ultimi hanno fatto registrare un calo di quasi il 30% rispetto allo scorso anno, così come il volume totale degli scambi è sceso dai 100 miliardi di dollari nel 2011 ai 60 miliardi del 2013.
Al contrario, la tendenza degli scambi tra Cina e Africa è in continuo rialzo, anche se il primo partner commerciale dei paesi africani rimane per il momento l’Unione Europea, con circa 200 miliardi di dollari di scambi nel solo 2013. I traffici del continente con la Cina riguardano comunque principalmente le materie prime africane, ma Pechino ha da qualche tempo aumentato il proprio impegno finanziario anche in altri settori.
L’importanza dell’Africa per la Cina era stata ribadita dal viaggio intrapreso all’inizio del 2013 poco dopo il suo insediamento dal presidente Xi Jinping, il quale in varie tappe nel continente aveva confermato la promessa fatta dal suo paese l’anno precedente di sborsare ben 20 miliardi di dollari per finanziare la creazione di infrastrutture, lo sviluppo dell’agricoltura e del business.
Da parte sua, gli Stati Uniti non sono in nessun modo in grado nemmeno di avvicinare un simile impegno finanziario, limitandosi più che altro a favorire l’incontro dei leader di governo africani con i vertici delle principali multinazionali americane interessate a investire nel continente. Prima del summit di Washington, l’amministrazione Obama aveva annunciato una serie di accordi per il valore di un miliardo di dollari.
Durante l’incontro di questa settimana il presidente democratico non ha però tenuto alcun faccia a faccia con i leader africani sbarcati negli USA per cercare di promuovere il business a stelle e strisce nei singoli paesi, causando oltretutto più di un malumore tra i suoi ospiti. Tra gli invitati a Washington, la Casa Bianca ha escluso poi i rappresentanti di Eritrea, Sudan e Zimbabwe, visti i pessimi rapporti con gli Stati Uniti. L’amministrazione Obama sostiene che le ragioni delle divergenze sarebbero legate al mancato rispetto dei diritti umani e dei principi democratici da parte di questi paesi.
In realtà, le ragioni sono legate al mancato allineamento di questi paesi agli interessi strategici americani, visto che al vertice hanno partecipato alcuni leader tra i più repressivi del continente, come il presidente della Guinea Equatoriale, Teodoro Obiang, al potere da 35 anni, o quello dell’Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. L’intera questione dei diritti umani in Africa è stata d’altra parte messa da parte nel corso del summit, visto l’imbarazzo che avrebbe potuto creare a molti invitati, nonché allo stesso governo americano.
Vista l’impossibilità di tenere il passo della Cina sul fronte dei rapporti commerciali, lo strumento degli Stati Uniti per mantenere una qualche influenza nel continente africano continua ad essere quello militare, con tutte le conseguenze destabilizzanti che ne derivano. A questo scopo e per contrastare la penetrazione cinese, il governo USA aveva inaugurato sei anni fa un apposito Comando Africano (AFRICOM). Nonostante il quartier generale del comando rimanga a Stoccarda, in Germania, oggi gli Stati Uniti possono contare su almeno 5 mila soldati sparsi in una quarantina di paesi del continente, sia su base definitiva che temporanea. Con il pretesto della lotta al terrorismo, ma anche della necessità di addestrare le forze armate indigene o delle esercitazioni militari, le truppe USA sono ormai una presenza significativa in Africa, dove però gli interventi di questi ultimi anni hanno provocato ulteriori tensioni, caos e violenze (Libia, Mali, Somalia).
Anche su questo fronte, in ogni caso, la Cina sembra incrementare la propria presenza in Africa, mostrando di volere almeno parzialmente abbandonare la propria tradizionale politica di non ingerenza nelle questioni militari degli altri paesi. Infatti, Pechino partecipa con qualche centinaia di uomini al contingente ONU in Mali e fornisce una qualche assistenza militare alle forze di “peacekeeping” dell’Unione Africana dispiegate in varie parti del continente.
fonte http://allafrica.comMichele Paris

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UGANDA: PRIMO GAY PRIDE, GOVERNO ATTACCA
9 agosto 2014
I gay ugandesi hanno celebrato oggi il loro primo Pride della storia dopo l’annullamento da parte della Corte Costituzionale della legge anti omosessuali, tra le più repressive al mondo. Ma il governo contrattacca appellandosi a tale decisione. Balli e danze hanno contraddistinto la manifestazione, che si è tenuta a poco meno di un chilometro dalla residenza del presidente Museveni, uno dei promotori della controversa legge. L’omosessualità è vietata in molti Paesi africani, Sudafrica a parte.
fonte www.ansa.it

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UGANDA SHILLING MAINTAINS ITS APPRECIATING TONE
15 august 2014
The Uganda shilling maintained its appreciating tone closing the week at 2600/10 from 2615/25 against the ‘popular’ US dollar, said James Mutuku, the head of financial markets at Standard Chartered Bank on Friday evening (Aug.15).
Mutuku said trading activity remained largely moderate with decent flows seen on both counters. “Yields registered a slight move up in the midweek bond auction with strong interest seen from both offshore and onshore investors” he said, adding the monetary policy committee meeting on Aug. 14 maintained the bank rate at 11% in line with market expectations. “We expect the local unit to hold on its gains with a possibility of trading sub 2600 next week and 2620 will be the resistance on the topside” he added.
Adam Mugume, the executive director for research at Bank of Uganda told a press conference on Aug. 14 that the local unit had appreciated by 0.7% in the first six months of 2014.
fonte http://allafrica.com Julius Businge

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MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV INFECTIONS REDUCE DRASTICALLY
17 august 2014
Key interventions have seen paediatric HIV infections through mother-to-child transmission reduce significantly over the last two years, a senior doctor has said. The number of Ugandan HIV-positive mothers who pass on the virus to their unborn babies has reportedly dropped from 40% to 2% within a very short time.
If that does not sound cool enough, how about this: Dr. Backline Balungi Kanywa, the manager of medical care at Baylor College of Medicine children’s foundation-Uganda, says that if men were fully involved in the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, that 2% statistic would in fact be no more! According to Dr. Balungi, Uganda’s current performance in preventing paediatric HIV infections is, above all, greatly indebted to the introduction of the Elimination of the Mother to Child Transmission programme (EMTCT).
During a special visit to Baylor by the minister of health, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, on Friday, Dr. Balungi made it clear that the absence of interventions would have seen many children born HIV-positive. Still Dr. Balungi underlined the role of the male figure in such interventions. “If men are fully involved in the HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns, like spearheading the family testing, drug taking and adherence to drugs, the current 2% [paediatirc infections] would be history.”
No longer a death sentence -The medical doctor said that women currently leading the campaign always get scared of telling their husbands about their status due to fear of abandonment. But, she added, if the men can join the campaign and stand together with their spouses, having an HIV free generation can easily be realized. And she reiterated the now-household call for couples to always test for HIV so as to save their unborn children. “This is a chronic disease and is no longer a death sentence. Let’s work together to have an HIV free generation” she said.
On his part, Minister Rugunda echoed government’s commitment to supporting partners like Baylor to eliminate paediatric HIV in the country. “With such interventions, we are already seeing positive results. Once we protect and secure the children from HIV, it will become easier for us to address the HIV transmission gaps within the older population and better programme for those children that are already infected” he said. The minister admitted that as much as they have scaled up services for the adult population, the country had lagged behind in addressing the prevention, care and treatment needs of children.
According to Dr. Balungi, Baylor currently has approximately 6,500 clients among whom 70% are children under the age of 15. The children, she said, acquired the virus from their mothers through the mother to child transmission. “We have mothers who bring children to the hospital because they are sick and these get to know their status their and then.”
The medic also revealed that 10% of the patients admitted at Baylor are diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), and that 60% of TB patients are HIV positive, with TB being the number one killer among the patients. Dr. Doreen Male Birabwa, the deputy executive director at Mulago Hospital, says that pediatric treatment is no longer a burden at the referral facility due to the presence of Baylor which she says is a centre of excellence for paediatric treatment. Grace Nassali, a mother of three HIV-positive children told New Vision that seeking treatment at Baylor College of Medicine has restored hope ever since she lost her husband.
fonte www.newvision.co.ug – Agnes Nantambi

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PROVIDE MORE FUNDS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION
18 august 2014
There is need for better funding for special needs education in Uganda, Edson Ngirabakunzi, the Executive Director of the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda has said. Special needs education has been on the agenda of the government of Uganda for more than twenty years. While in the past it mostly referred to children with disabilities, today it covers a much wider scope to include any situation that presents a barrier to accessing education for children of school-going age.
There is need for more funds to be allocated to special needs programmes, including the support to leaners with disabilities as one of the sure ways of realizing education for all. “Without enough resources, the quality of many children with special needs will be greatly compromised” he said recently in an interview at his office in Bukoto. “Enough resources mean that schools will have scholastic materials and that more teachers to support learners will be allocated to this very critical area.”
Currently, special needs education receives sh2.06bn of the entire education budget which represents a mere 0.12% of the allocation to the education sector. Compared to last financial year, this represents a reduction, Bakunzi said. “We need an increase to at least have 1% of the education budget.” Over the last decade or so, government has put more emphasis on enrolling children with special needs into an inclusive environment. Under the inclusive arrangement, all mainstream schools are expected to admit and teach pupils irrespective of their abilities or disabilities.
We are trying our best Apart from those with severe disabilities whose unique cases might require special schools, all children with disabilities are expected to be fully integrated into ordinary schools. This is in line with the government’s Universal Primary Education (UPE) which seeks to provide equal access to education to all children by 2015 as stipulated in the Education for All (EFA) policy.
However, schools continue to struggle with inadequate facilities and teachers, making education for special needs learners more complicated. Whilst acknowledging the constraints in funding, the government reaffirms its commitment to supporting special needs and inclusive education.
Francis Akope, the principle education officer for inclusive education at the ministry of education and sports had this to say. “We are trying our best within the available means to support special needs and inclusive education.” He said that for now where possible, inclusive education will be encouraged and where special schools are available, they will be encouraged. In some schools, special needs annexes will be encouraged in ordinary schools that practice inclusion to support learners with special needs.
fonte www.newvision.co.ug – Stephen Ssenkaaba

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REBELS DELEGATION ARRIVES IN KAMPALA
18 august 2014
A high level delegation of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition) has arrived in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, for talks with the Ugandan top leadership on the fate of Uganda army deployed in South Sudan.
South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, smiles as he meets his friends at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on 9 May 2014. This is the second attempt by the rebels delegation after the first visit was thwarted as Ugandan authorities failed to receive them in June, prompting them to return to Addis Ababa.
Both sides blamed the failure of the visit on poor coordination and communication. However, rebels spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the delegation left Addis Ababa on Monday morning and arrived Kampala at noon. “A high level delegation led by the deputy chairman General Alfred Ladu Gore has arrived in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Monday” Dak said. He added that they will hold talks with the Kampala leadership on the withdrawal of Ugandan forces from South Sudan and Uganda support to the peace process.
Uganda has sent thousands of troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships and fight alongside Salva Kiir’s government. The rebel group has accused Uganda of fuelling the war and demanded the withdrawal of its troops. Fighting erupted in mid-December between Kiir’s forces and rebels led by the former vice president Riek Machar when the internal conflict in the ruling party turned violent.
fonte http://allafrica.com

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UGANDA: REDUCING MALARIA DEATHS IN INFANTS
19 august 2014
In the sector performance report released last year by the Ministry of Health, Malaria was ranked the number one killer disease claiming about 80,000 lives. It accounts for 20-23% of all deaths among children under five, 25-40% of all outpatient attendances, 20% of all admissions and 9-14% of all in-patient deaths. But, Uganda is not the only country battling the deadly disease in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Joaniter Nankabirwa, an epidemiologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences says that children are at a bigger risk of death due to lack of access to timely and appropriate malaria treatment. “Though Malaria cases are decreasing with the many awareness programs such as sleeping under mosquito nets and other measures. Malaria cases are still toping in hospital admissions; we need more measures to counter the predicament”.
Among the efforts to curb malaria, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a global pharmaceutical has developed a vaccine to cater for infants below five years. After thirty years of research, GSK has applied to European Medicine Agency (EMA) and World Health Organization (WHO) seeking approval for its vaccine RTS.S meant to counter malaria among infants in sub-Saharan countries. GSK’s head of malaria vaccine franchise Dr Sophie Biernaux says this is a key moment in GSK’s thirty year journey to develop RTS.S and brings us a step closer to making available the world’s first vaccine that can help protect children in Africa from malaria.
According to Nathan Wasolo, GSK’s Uganda Country Director, though the vaccine is designed to be used exclusively in Africa, it’s up to the European standards and will be the first to offer protection against malaria. It comes after many trials for malaria vaccines have been made before but have not succeeded.
Last year, the company announced the results of its vaccine trial in infants of 6 to 12 weeks old and older babies 5 to 17 months old at their first vaccination. After 18 months of follow-up, the younger group experienced a 27 percent decrease in cases of clinical malaria compared to like-aged infants who had received a placebo vaccination. Babies who received their first vaccination at 5 to 17 months of age experienced 48 percent fewer cases than same-aged infants injected with the placebo. GSK estimated that for the older babies, the vaccination prevented an average of 941 cases of clinical malaria for every 1000 children vaccinated. For the younger group, the vaccine prevented 444 cases for every 1000 vaccinations. “Since over 600,000 Africans; mostly children under five-years old, die from malaria every year, this vaccine could potentially have a huge impact on public health” Wasolo said in an interview with The Independent.
According to information published in the PLOS Medicine Journal, the vaccine trials were conducted at eleven research centers in eight African countries including Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania and 15,000 children participated.
The study indicated that the vaccine’s efficacy decreased with time citing 65%, after six months and about 15% after four years. Wasolo says if approved, the vaccine is to be used alongside other measures such as bed nets, indoor residual spraying and anti-malarial medicines for efficacy.
Dr. Nankabirwa says that the vaccine would be a huge step in countering malaria since some people in Uganda, due to overuse, have grown resistance to the commonly used anti-malarials like Chloroquine and resorted to a more expensive alternative medicine known as Artemisinin Based Combination Treatments (ACTs) which comprise of the commonly known COARTEM used as the first line of treatment for malaria. She says there is a significant over-use of anti-malarial drugs because many cases of fever are immediately treated as malaria even without a blood test or laboratory confirmation.
The doctor advises that it is important that use of anti-malarials be restricted to people who are diagnosed with a blood test to avoid treating wrong ailments since not all fever is malaria. The WHO has indicated it may recommend use of RTS.S from as early as 2015 if EMA drugs regulators back its license application.
fonte http://allafrica.com Flavia Nassaka

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UGANDA IS EBOLA-FREE
19 august 2014
There is no confirmed case of Ebola in the country, the ministry of health has said. The suspected Ebola patient screened at Entebbe International Airport has tested negative for the deadly virus. “All alerts and suspected cases have tested negative of the deadly virus since screening services began at the International airport and at border points” the ministry of health said in a statement issued Tuesday.
Samples taken from the Nigerian national who is in her early 20s indicated that the patient suffered from malaria instead, according to a ministry statement. The university student had presented with vomiting, headache, fever, yellow signs and was therefore a probable case of Ebola since she had travelled through Liberia, where the latest outbreak started.
This is the fourth suspected case identified at Entebbe airport that has tested negative for Ebola. The Ugandan government is however reinforcing its screening services at the airport to cope with the high number of passengers, the health ministry said. “The screening services will continue to target passengers from the West African Ebola-ravaged countries either coming in directly or through connecting flights from the neighbouring countries of Kenya and Ethiopia” said Dr. Acen Ruth, the director General Health Services, in a statement. “Since the beginning of the exercise on July 11, 2014, a total of 6,840 travelers have been screened at Entebbe International Airport.
During the exercise, three suspects, two from West Africa and one from Southern Sudan were identified with signs and symptoms similar to that of Ebola but tested negative. “It is important to note that all tests so far done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) have yielded negative results for Ebola.”
In an effort to prevent the epidemic from Uganda, the government has put in place measures to contain the outbreak:
– An isolation facility at Entebbe Grade B Hospital has been equipped with health and medical supplies and is ready to receive and attend to any suspected case. The staffs have all been oriented on handling Ebola patients including Infection control and supportive care.- A private Medical Centre in the airport has been prepared for purposes of counseling and clinical screening of all suspects. A standby ambulance with a driver and relevant protective gear has been provided by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in case of any emergency.
– All districts have reactivated their District Task Forces in preparations for any possible outbreak. These taskforces are assigned to ensure that there is local capacity to handle any suspects or cases identified, designate isolation facilities, re-orient staff on Ebola case definition, presentation and clinical management as well as Infection control measures. They are also expected to ensure adequate community information and heightened surveillance by the surveillance Focal Persons in conjunction with VHT’s.
– All health workers have been directed to strictly observe Standard Infection Prevention and Control measures in all health facilities. All health facilities have been directed to conduct orientation trainings on Ebola clinical presentation and Infection control and procedures for putting on protective wears.
The Ministry of Health appeals to all travelers to cooperate with the Immigration, Health and Security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points.
fonte www.newvision.co.ug

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70 SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES ENTERING UGANDA DAILY
20 august 2014
An estimated 70 refugees from South Sudan continue entering Ugandan on a daily basis in Adjuman, statistics indicate. The officer in charge of Adjuman refugee desk under the Office of the Prime Minister, Titus Jogo, talking to the New Vision said “refugees continue pouring into the country especially in Adjumani, with 70 persons entering the country on a daily basis.”
Jogo called on humanitarian organizations and charity organizations not to forget the plight these refugees are going through because the situation is still dire. “It is as if the world is forgetting that over 100,000 South Sudan refugees in Adjumani need both relief itemS and food for survival” said Jogo. He said that Adjumani local government and the government of Uganda should prepare to receive more people. Jogo was speaking at a function after Farma Mundi, a Spanish humanitarian organization specializing in medicines, mobilized resources from partners to aid South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani district through the office of the Prime Minister Refugees desk.
The items included 705 soap cartons, 2000 insecticide treated mosquito nets, assortment of anti-malarial and anti-bacterial drugs and 200 cartons of sanitary pads for mothers and grown up girls. Farma Mundi mobilized other partners in Spain that included Xunta De Galicia and Generali Tat Valenciana to help the displaced people in youngest nation in Africa valued at sh170 million. “This aid is timely because stocks were running low especially the drugs” said Jogo.
Jogo said that some of the agencies that have been giving aid have withdrawn thus creating difficulties in their work. “Let us hope this is not the last consignment because the number of refugees is increasing day and night” said Jogo. He called on humanitarian organizations and charity organizations not to forget the plight these refugees are going through.
The equipment was delivered by a team led by Emily Kugonza the executive director EMESCO development foundation, a local Non-governmental organization operating in Kibaale district mid-western Uganda. “We felt touched about the suffering of our brothers and sisters from South Sudan who ran to Uganda and decided to contact our partners for help” said Kugonza at the handover ceremony in Adjumani district. EMESCO team did needs assessment of Refugees in January so that they could help them cope with the situation.
The Adjumani district health officer Ana Mary Dunia thanked EMESCO for the relief aid and more especially drugs that are inadequate in their stores. “You know drugs in Uganda are inadequate so these drugs will help us push on for some time” said Dunia.
fonte www.newvision.co.ug Ismael Kasooha

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UK, US SUPPORT UGANDA MALARIA ERADICATION EFFORTS
20 august 2014
Both the United Kingdom and United States Governments have separately announced funding to support ongoing efforts to fight malaria in Uganda.
The announcements were made at the end of the one-year universal coverage campaign to distribute free mosquito nets to Ugandan households. The campaign was supported by the US and UK governments. Alison Blackburne, the British High Commissioner to Uganda said, “The UK is happy to be providing a further UK£34 million (shs145 billion) to help Uganda take forward these, and other steps, over the next three years. This is a small part of the UK’s continuing firm and uninterrupted support to Uganda’s development.”
The US Ambassador to Uganda, Scott DeLisi also said that since 2006 the US Government has invested over US$200 million to fight malaria in Uganda and would commit a further $32 million funding in 2015. The two envoys also asked the Ugandan government to increase funding to anti-malaria efforts, as well as creating partnerships with the private sector to fight malaria. “The national strategic plan for fighting malaria is budgeted at over $300 million next year. I hope the government can build upon its proposed US$4 million commitment to that budget because, even with US, UK, and Global Fund engagement, funding will fall far short of the needed levels” DeLisi noted.
In Uganda, malaria accounts for 15-20 percent of in-patient admissions, and 30-50 percent of out-patient attendance and 9-14 percent of all in-patient deaths in the country’s health facilities. Blackburne said that proper use of bed nets significantly reduces the number of deaths, and cases of malaria, and the universal coverage programme would save tens of thousands of children from dying over the next three years. “Many thousands of families will be spared the unspeakable grief of losing a child. And those children will be able to contribute to building Uganda’s future” Blackburne said.
fonte www.newvision.co.ug Raymond Baguma

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TOURISM INDUSTRY GOES PROFESSIONAL
28 august 2014
In a bid to make Uganda a preferred destination for tourists, the Ministry of Tourism is in advanced stages of professionalizing the chain of service.
More than 60 tour guides were cautioned about East Africa having similar attractions but had the challenge to make their client’s trip enjoyable and memorable. “A tourist spends more hours with you” tipped the acting tourism director Grace Mbabazi Aulo. “It is not enough telling the tourist that is an elephant or a shoe bill. Verbally take them to its habitat. Tell them about how the huge animal mourns its dead members of the family and a good memory. A weaver bird’s love life can make good listening. The more interesting you presentation is” added Awulo “the longer our guests stay and spend more vital foreign currency. The forecast expects 1,907,000 arrivals spending sh3,767 billion. This is good for you and the country as well.
A facilitator Anne Awori encouraged the participants to run away from conventional ways and give tourism freshness. “Learn to think out of the box” Awori told the guides. “Read about everything. Have information on your fingertips. Learn to package your product in different ways. The way you handle and communicate to diplomats is not the same way you treat students. Brace to deliver services to client having leisure, recreation or on holiday.”
Awori insisted that tourism is not strictly for moneyed Europeans but domestic travellers as well. She said to cut costs, a team could visit Entebbe from West Nile and opt to travel at night and tour the UWEC, Uganda Museum and the Uganda Martyrs Shrine at day time. “Then board and travel back at night” said Awori. “This is modern adventure. You have to go places and people.
The president of Uganda Tourist Association (UTA) Herbert Byaruhanga did not spare participants the barbs. “This is a very sensitive industry” cautioned Byaruhanga. “We will not tolerate, among the 500,000 employees in the industry, those unscrupulous fellows who steal laptops, cameras and smart phones of their clients. You risk having your license cancelled if you do not adhere to strict discipline. We need the entire chain of service providers perfected from the moment a tourist lands at Entebbe International Airport till he or she gets to Kidepo Valley National Park. The more reason hotels are being graded. This will enable guests know what to expect when booking into a lodge.”
fonte www.newvision.co.ug Titus Kakembo

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Cambio valuta: in data 29/08/2014 1 dollaro USA è pari a 2615 scellini ugandesi, 1 Euro è pari a 3446,8305 scellini ugandesi.
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