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Promoting health through the life course

Paying Uganda farmers not to cut down trees halved deforestation - study

Paying Ugandan farmers not to chop down trees cut deforestation in half and was almost 50 times more cost effective in fighting climate change than many energy efficiency programmes in the U.S., according to a study by researchers from the U.S.`s Northwestern University and Dutch organisation Porticus. It involved 121 villages with half paid about $28 a year for every hectare of forest left untouched while the others continued as normal. Using satellite images to track deforestation over two years, the researchers found 5.5 more hectares of forest was preserved in the villages in the payment programme compared to the other villages

July 20, 2017

Rains fail again in East Africa, hunger on the rise - U.N.

Rains have failed for a third consecutive season in East Africa, wilting crops, killing livestock and entrenching a long drought that has pushed millions into hunger, the United Nations said. Some 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid across areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - 30 percent more than in late 2016 and their number expected to increase in the coming months, the U.N. food agency said

July 14, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Government to improve treatment of non-communicable diseases

One in every four adults in Uganda suffers from a non-communicable disease, according to a survey. With the increasing rate of NCDs in the country, the government has signed a deal with Novartis Access to increase patients’ access to treatment. The permanent secretary ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine said the first set of drugs includes valsartan, amlodipine for treatment of hypertension and heart failure, vildagliptin for diabetes and amoxicillin dispersible tablets for treatment of respiratory infections

July 10, 2017
New Vision

Public ignorant about Noncommunicable diseases, says minister

Health Minister Dr. Jane Aceng has called for sensitization of the public about non-communicable diseases. Speaking during an alignment meeting in Kampala, Aceng said there is an increase of NCDs, adding that about 97% of the population do not know about these diseases. She added that a recent study on NCDs shows that heart diseases are on the rise, hypertension at 10% and diabetes at 3%. Aceng said in the cost effective management of diseases, emphasis should be placed on ability to detect them as early as possible

June 19, 2017
New Vision

Health systems

New partnership to increase access to cancer medicines in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries that will benefit from market access agreements between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with Pfizer Inc. and Cipla Inc. to expand access to sixteen essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies. The other countries include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The agreements will set competitive prices on the medicines, thus allowing African governments to realize substantial savings while improving the quality of available treatment

June 23, 2017
KBC Channel

Uganda: Masaka Health Centres Run Out of Anti-Malaria Drugs

An anti-malaria drug stock-out has hit several health centers in Masaka district leaving several patients stranded. Health workers say they haven`t had artesunate, injectable quinine and IV water (drips) for the last two weeks. The drug stock-out comes at a time when NMS and the Finance ministry are feuding over the whereabouts of part of the $200 million acquired by government from the Preferential Trade Area (PTA Bank) for procurement of drugs

June 16, 2017
Observer Uganda

Uganda's plan to send 1,000 medical workers to Libya criticised by activists

Uganda is planning to send about 1,000 medical workers to Libya, an official said, a plan criticised by health activists who believe it would further weaken the country`s struggling health care system. Over the last decade, foreign recruiters and employers from the Middle East have increasingly turned to the east African nation for cheap labour. "If they finish safety assessment work today or tomorrow, then we`ll be ready to send these people," an official said, adding they would include a mix of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel

June 16, 2017

Fake malaria test kits flood market

Members of civil society organizations and a section of officials at the Ugandan Ministry of Health have expressed alarm over the volume of fake malaria testing kits that are flooding the Ugandan market. The Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits are used to confirm malaria cases before treatment. A new study by the Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) has found that RDT kits imported by the private sector outside the National Drug Authority procedures are of very poor quality

April 22, 2017
Daily Monitor

Government spends Shs10 billion treating 140 officials

The Ugandan government spent $2.8m on health treatment for 140 senior government officials abroad over the past three years, according to Auditor General John Muwanga’s report for the period ending December 2016. The officials received specialist treatment for heart and kidney conditions, eye problems, cancer and diabetes in hospitals in Kenya, South Africa, India, China and the United States during these years

April 18, 2017
Daily Monitor

Communicable diseases

Combating HIV/AIDS: Mildmay Uganda launches 30 year master plan

Mildmay Uganda says all children born at their facility in 2014 by HIV positive mothers have remained HIV negative. The Executive Director of Mildmay Uganda, Dr. Babara Mukasa made the comments as Mildmay Uganda launched a 30 year master plan that will see it transformed into a modern teaching hospital. In 1998, Mildmay Uganda began comprehensive HIV care with just over 3000 children waiting for the life-saving drugs through PEPFAR in 2004. Now, Mildmay Uganda supports care for over 100,000 with 7,000 of them children

June 25, 2017
June 23, 2017
Premium Times
June 24, 2017
Daily Post

Uganda – Aids Fund Yet to Be Set Up Two Years On

More than two years after Uganda passed a law to establish an HIV/Aids fund it has yet to be implemented. Uganda is among 35 countries that account for 90% of the new infections globally. Data shows that with each new 100,000 infections, Uganda ranks third in the world after Nigeria with 230,000 and South Africa with 340,000. Young people, especially girls between 15 and 24 are affected by the high infection rates

April 14, 2017
Africa News