Health in Uganda

  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Uganda: Swine Fever Breaks Out in Kampala

    UGANDA, 2016/01/18 An outbreak of African swine fever, a viral disease that affects pigs has broken out in Kampala, according to Kampala Capital City Authority. The outbreak has been reported in Lungujja parish located in Rubaga Division, in Kampala. According to Dr Emilian Ahimbisibwe, who is in charge of veterinary services at KCCA, a quarantine for pigs and their products has been enforced in the affected area of Lungujja parish and its neighbouring parishes, particularly Busega and Lubya parishes.
  • UNICEF gets 1.5 mln USD for emergency support in Uganda

    UGANDA, 2015/12/08 The UN's Children's agency has received 1.5 million U.S. dollars from the British government for emergency support in Uganda where El Nino rains continue to cause havoc. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a statement said the support will benefit children and women from the 32 highly affected in the east African country. The agency said the continuous heavy rains have caused flooding and water logging, exposing children and women to a better risk of disease outbreaks such as cholera, malaria, diarrhea and typhoid part others.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Uganda Virus Institute in Entebbe confirmed the presence of the virus.

    UGANDA, 2014/10/06 For the second time in two years was a Marburg fever case confirmed in Uganda, next a patient died last week and the laboratory tests by the Uganda Virus Institute in Entebbe confirmed the presence of the virus. Uganda confirmed a patient has died next contracting Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, the country's ministry of health announced Oct.5. Some 80 people, 60 of whom are health workers, are being monitored for symptoms of the virus next coming into contact with the victim. The World Health Organization stressed that the disease can be contained and that nobody should panic. West Africa is currently dealing with an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
  • Museveni Invites Investors in Medical Services

    UGANDA, 2013/06/05 Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has suggested investors go into provision of high quality health services to limit medical tourism. Currently, India is the leading provider of these services. "You should as well consider investing in specialized medical facilities to stop medical tourism," Museveni said recently while conference potential tourism investors in London.
  • Uganda: Time to Fight Malaria Is Now

    UGANDA, 2013/05/07 Jane stays in Masaka and she is a mother of five children inclunding a four-year old daughter called Alice. One day Alice developed a high temperature and was complaining of headache. She had complained of headache for the completed two days. Her mother decided to give her some herbs hoping that herbs would cool the temperature. Jane as well bathed Alice with the remaining herbs as was advised by her mother-in-law. During the night, Alice's temperature got much higher throughout and her mother decided to take her to the nearby clinic.