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Lupita’s Documentary Sheds Light On The Forgotten Women Warriors

Lupita’s Documentary Sheds Light On The Forgotten Women Warriors

Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o made historians sit up last week when Channel 4 television showed her documentary, “Warrior Women”, about the fearsome but virtually unknown Agoji females from West Africa’s past. The Agoji were women fighters in the kingdom of Dahomey, present-day Benin, between the 17th and 19th centuries. As to why their story […]

Bishop Accuses NGOs of Aiding Female Circumcision In Uganda

Bishop Accuses NGOs of Aiding Female Circumcision In Uganda

The Bishop of Sebei Diocese, Rev Paul Masaba, has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the sub-region to fighting against female genital mutilation (FGM) of exaggerating figures on the current prevalence in order to obtain funding from donors. “There are NGOs benefiting from this issue of FGM in Sebei because their main objective is survival […]

Kenya, Uganda Sign Pact To End Cross-Border Crisis

Kenya, Uganda Sign Pact To End Cross-Border Crisis

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Thursday witnessed the signing of an agreement aimed at promoting sustainable peace and development among Turkana, Pokot and Karamojong communities. The programme dubbed Cross-Border Sustainable Peace and Development seeks to end hostilities among the three neighbouring communities and enhance development in the region by promoting […]

Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out Of School

Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out Of School

It is a drizzling morning on the streets of Hoima town in mid-western Uganda. While driving from home to work, I meet a teenager at a junction of Hoima Main Street and Persy road. As school-going children rush to school, 13-year old Jane is walking in a drizzle carrying a basket containing yellow bananas. She […]

Uganda Begins Largest-Ever Ebola Vaccine Trial

Uganda Begins Largest-Ever Ebola Vaccine Trial

Uganda has started its largest Ebola vaccine trial to date, health authorities announced Monday, in an apparent effort to prevent the disease from spreading. An epidemic across the border in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo has killed over 1,800 people, making this outbreak the second-deadliest to date, with fatality rates nearing 70%. The experimental Johnson […]

Uganda Declared Ebola-Free By WHO

Uganda Declared Ebola-Free By WHO

Following the completion of the recommended 42 days without any new Ebola case since the first Ebola cases last month, Uganda has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a joint press statement signed by Dr Jane Ruth, the Health Minister and Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldermariam, WHO country representative to Uganda state […]

Bobi Wine Announces 2021 Presidential Bid

Bobi Wine Announces 2021 Presidential Bid

Since turning to politics about two years ago, the musician-cum legislator has often remained coy about his presidential ambitions, usually giving half-answers on the matter. But today, at his home in Magere, Gayaza, Kyagulanyi said he’s ready to take on long-time President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni has been in power since bombing his way to power […]

Concern Over High TB Prevalence In Uganda Prisons

Concern Over High TB Prevalence In Uganda Prisons

Prisons authorities have expressed concern over the high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) among inmates due to overwhelming numbers. Speaking yesterday during a tour of Luzira prison by the Parliamentary Committee on HIV/Aids, Dr James Kisambu, the prisons’ assistant commissioner for health, said TB is becoming a general problem in all prisons nationwide, with Mbarara prison […]

Contraceptive Shortage Hits Uganda

Contraceptive Shortage Hits Uganda

Women and adolescent girls risk getting unwanted pregnancies as the country grapples with the scarcity of contraceptives. Dr Placid Mihayo, the family planning focal person at the Ministry of Health, acknowledged the shortage. “Yes. We have a shortage and we are redistributing [contraceptives]. I want to stop at that,” Dr Mihayo said in a telephone […]

Give Girls Education, Health to Achieve More -Ms Deborah Malac

Give Girls Education, Health to Achieve More -Ms Deborah Malac

 The US ambassador to Uganda, Ms Deborah Malac, has urged the government to invest more in education and health for women in order to combat gender-based violence. “Education, health and poverty eradication are all key to creating an environment that protects women and children and allows girls to achieve their potential. “Yes, infrastructure is important […]

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