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Ebola Virus - 'Outbreak' Claims More Lives In Uganda.

The curse of Uganda – the deadly Ebola virus in its latest outbreak has claimed around 156 lives by December 5th according to Health Ministry officials in Kampala. More shocking is the fact that the dead include many health workers including doctors & nurses. But what shocked the nation was the death of Dr. Mathew Zukeviya, who was a prominent doctor spearheading the fight against Ebola in Gulu...

Uganda Reports Failure To Contain Sleeping Sickness

The African country of Uganda reports that all the efforts to curb he disease of sleeping sickness is not working. The report on this topic was reported in this week’s issue of The Lancet... ..The epidemic of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense sleeping // sickness in eastern Uganda began in 1998 as a result of the movement of the livestock reservoir of the parasite and has continued to spread. Interv...

Ban on Global fund lifted in Uganda

Ban on the release of funds amounting $367 million for Uganda in order to combat HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been lifted. Uganda was funded with more than $367 million in 2002 for disease management. //.. ..The Global community banned the funding to Uganda as they feel that the fund was not utilized properly and the country had a serious mismanagement of funds. The ban on the funding was re...

HIV/AIDS Throws Family Relationships Out Of Gear In Uganda

There is more bad news about effects of HIV/AIDS. According to a report by NPR titled “All Things Considered”, Ugandan Families are in the throes of troubled family ties. ....Most Family structures in Uganda have crumbled simply because, more than 100,000 // young Ugandan adults have succumbed to aids-related complexities in the last decade. Deborah Kaijuka, CEO of the Uganda Reach the Aged A...

Uganda Tackles The Meningitis Outbreak

Uganda witnessed an outbreak of meningitis, which led to the disruption of normal life. By now the Ugandan Health Ministry said that this has been brought under control. // He said that the northeastern region of Karamoja, Uganda was the worst affected but now normal activities such political campaigns can resume. ..Dr. Sam Okware, director of health services told the Uganda Broadcasting Corpora...

Uganda Facing Huge Problem Due to Combination of HIV And TB

Health experts have warned that if the problem of people having HIV/AIDS as well as tuberculosis in Uganda could escalate if proper measures are not taken//. ....Launching the National TB/HIV Policy and Communication Strategy in Kampala, Sam Zaramba, the director general of Health Services said that the integration of both diseases posed a big threat to the population. "This is probably the reas...

Uganda Faces Crisis in the Field Of HIV/AIDS Due To Budget Cuts

Uganda faces a serious funding crisis as a result of budget cuts. This may affect the thousands of HIV/AIDS patients who have access to the key medications//. Kihumuro Apuuli, director general of the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) said that the budget cuts would affect patients' access to anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). As such itself a number of other organizations are retrieving back their operati...

Uganda Shows Increased HIV Discordant Couples

Health officials have pointed out that the number of HIV discordant couples, where only one partner is infected with the HIV virus//, have increased in Uganda. ..Commissioner for Community in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sam Okware said that HIV negative partners are at an increased risk of HIV infection from their positive partners. However service providers have still not developed effective cou...

Depleting stock of antiretroviral drugs in Uganda raises concern

Uganda: Come August, and Uganda will have one more problem to surmount amidst a host of crisis health issues-that of the receding stock of free antiretroviral//. Soon, Uganda will be left with zilch options to help its people who are in the grips of disease. ....The stock is said to be fast depleting in national referral hospitals. Many distribution set ups will not have enough to tide over the...

More Ugandan Men Seek Circumcision In 2006

Reports that circumcision procedure could reduce 50% of the HIV infection rate among heterosexual men has led to an increase in the number of Ugandan men seeking it.// .. ..2,500 Ugandan males were circumcised last year, according to BBC reports, out of which nearly half were adults. Less than 400 adult males were circumcised in 2005. ....National Institutes of Health found that new HIV infect...

HIV Home-based Care Produces Positive Outcomes in Uganda

Providing home-based anti-HIV care is associated with multiple positive social outcomes,// research conducted in rural Uganda and published in the January 2nd edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows. ....Home-based HIV care did not appear to lead to stigmatisation or an increase in negative experiences. Although there was a non-significant increase in the incidence o...

Meningococcal Disease In Uganda

From 1 January to 21 January 2007, the Ministry of Health has reported 241 suspected cases// including 16 deaths (case-fatality rate, 6.6%) in Arua/ Maracha-Terego, Koboko, and Yumbe districts, an area bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ....The population in the affected districts consists of both refugees and nationals living in rural, densely populated settlements...

Resistance to Anti-HIV Drugs in Uganda Developed Due to Drug Supply Problems

Some HIV-infected patients in Uganda who self-paid for their antiretroviral medications experienced interruptions in drug supply due to either financial// demands or supply logistical disruptions. These treatment interruptions led to the development of resistance to antiretroviral medications in patients. ....These findings by a team led by researchers at the Infectious Diseases Institute at Mak...

Uganda Bans Plastic Bags, Still a Tough Battle Lies Ahead

As is the case with most other developing countries, plastic bags have become a terrible environmental threat in Uganda. ...As the situation seems to be spiraling out of control, the government has announced a ban on the all pervasive plastic bags. ...In Uganda they are called buveera , and they are everywhere. ...Only a tiny fraction of them end up at an organized dump like the one at Chite...
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