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via allafrica12/03/2020

Uganda: Covid - Makerere Adjusts Academic Calendar, Teaching Methods -

Uganda's biggest and oldest university, Makerere University has revised its academic calendar, adjusting major events including semester period and duration, graduation dates, holidays and recess term. The move follows the unprecedented nationwide closure of academic institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the academic calendar.

via allafrica12/03/2020

Uganda Receives Laboratory Supplies From Koica and WHO to Fight Covid-19 -

Uganda received a consignment of 5 Bi-directional COVID-19 Smart Texting Walk-Through booths, 26,400 RNA Extraction kits and 26,400 PCR Diagnostic Kits worth over one (1) billion Uganda shillings from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

via kff.org12/02/2020

On World AIDS Day, Media Outlets Examine Efforts To Improve HIV Treatment, Prevention Access; Progress Toward Meeting Transmission Targets; U.S. Responses To AIDS, COVID-19 - Kaiser Family Foundation

Thomson Reuters Foundation: ‘A shot can end the stigma’: African women pin hopes on anti-HIV jab “…A new injectable HIV prevention drug, called cabotegravir, that is taken every two months has proved nine times more effective in preventing HIV than the commonly used Truvada PrEP daily tablets, a study found last month. HIV/AIDS experts have<span class="readmore-ellipsis">…</span><a href="" class="see-more light-beige no-float inline-readmore">More</a></p>

via houstonchronicle12/02/2020

UN experts: South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled - Houston Chronicle

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan’s latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government’s decision-making process.” The panel of experts said it was told by senior leaders of Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition that the first vice-president has been “de facto under house arrest,” and that Kiir’s faction has monopolized government policies, giving opposition ministers “ceremonial roles” and also excluding them from decision-making. “While government officials have attributed the stagnation of the peace agreement to the spread of COVID-19, multiple sources within the government, including ministers and aides close to the president, told the panel that the lack of implementation is a consequence of political disagreements,” the experts' said in the 56-page report circulated Tuesday. There were high hopes that South Sudan would have peace and stability after gaining its long-fought independence from neighboring Sudan in 2011. But the world’s youngest nation slid into ethnic violence in December 2013, when forces loyal to Kiir, a Dinka, started battling those loyal to Machar, his former vice president who belongs to the Nuer people. Numerous attempts at peace failed, including a deal that saw Machar return as vice president in 2016 — only to flee the country months later amid fresh fighting. The civil war has killed nearly 400,000 people and displaced millions. Intense international pressure followed the most recent peace deal in 2018, and on Feb. 22 a coalition government led by Kiir, with Machar as his deputy, was formed. But peace still remains elusive, as the report to the U.N....

via afrik21.africa12/01/2020

UGANDA: in the face of Covid-19, GIZ and PSFU support green energy companies - AFRIK 21

Through its Energizing Development (EnDev) programme, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) have recently mobilised 900,000 euros (almost 4 billion Ugandan shillings) from five European countries. The funds will be used to strengthen the resilience of solar energy and cooker companies against Covid 19 in Uganda.

via ge.usembassy.gov12/01/2020

China's manipulation of international organizations - US Embassy in Georgia

As the coronavirus spread beyond its borders, China’s leaders successfully lobbied the World Health Organization (WHO) not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Soon after this disastrous January decision, the Chinese Communist Party blocked a WHO team from investigating the pandemic’s source and China’s response. “China has extracted concessions from the health ...


BREAKING: Mordena COVID-19 vaccine at 100% efficacy - Independent

  Vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 was 94.1%; vaccine efficacy against severe COVID-19 was 100% Washington, USA | THE INDEPENDENT | Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine now shows efficacy of 100% against severe coronavirus infections, its manufactures have said. They will apply today to the US Food and Drug Administration for an authorisation for coronavirus vaccine. Morderna, a …

via news.un.org12/03/2020

Revealed: The cost of the pandemic on world's poorest countries - UN News

More than 32 million of the world’s poorest people face being pulled back into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, leading UN economists said on Thursday, highlighting data showing that the pandemic is likely to cause the worst economic crisis in decades among least developed countries (LDCs).  |

via news.microsoft12/02/2020

UNICEF and Microsoft launch improved, scalable technology to protect vulnerable children and women amid rise in domestic and gender-based violence due to COVID-19 - Stories - Microsoft

Primero, an innovative online and offline application, empowers social workers to help more children NEW YORK — Dec. 1, 2020 — UNICEF and Microsoft Corp. launched a new version of Primero called Primero X — an open source case management web application that helps social service providers coordinate critical support to vulnerable children. Key interventions […]

via allafrica12/01/2020

Uganda: Government to Inspect Schools Ahead of Full Reopening -

The Ministry of Education will start countrywide inspection of schools this week to assess their readiness to reopen for more classes. Government only allowed finalists to resume classes last month following a seven-month closure of schools due to the outbreak of the Covid-19.

via eurekalert.org11/30/2020

Cancer survivors at higher risk of hospitalization or dying from flu - EurekAlert

Survivors from a wide range of cancers are more likely than people in the general population to be hospitalised or die from seasonal influenza even several years after their cancer diagnosis, according to new data published in EClinicalMedicine. Given that flu and COVID-19 are both epidemic respiratory viruses with broadly similar risk factors, the findings suggest that cancer survivors are also likely to be at raised risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes.


US sees over 100,000 daily COVID-19 cases for 27th consecutive day - Independent

Washington, US | XINHUA | The United States on Sunday reported more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases for the 27th consecutive day, with over 135,000 cases counted by Johns Hopkins University from 0000 GMT Sunday to 0000 GMT Monday. The United States has already recorded more than 13.37 million cases in total, with over 266,800 …


Depressed medics treating COVID-19 lack psycho-social support - Independent

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Over 60 percent of health workers involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients who developed psychological challenges are experiencing difficulties finding therapy. This is according to a new study by the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Dr Richard Muhindo who was the principal investigator on the study sought to …


Businesses can succeed during and after COVID-19 - Independent

Top executives at PSFU, Centenary Bank and NSSF share ideas Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | These are tough times. New strategies have to be designed and implemented by business managers to achieve success during and post-COVID-19 era. This was the general message that came out of the speeches of three important business executives that …

via menafn12/01/2020

Uganda: how to bring justice for thousands of children born of war - MENAFN.COM

Thirty-four years ago, northern Uganda was plunged into a two decade-long civil war between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony and the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF).

Numerous children were victims of


Kagadi district headquarters closed over COVID-19 - Independent

Kagadi, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | The Kagadi district local government headquarters have been thrown into panic and declared a no-go area after a senior staff tested positive for COVID-19. Businesses came to a standstill on Monday at the district headquarters after staff members at the district headquarters received information that one of their own had …

via allafrica12/01/2020

Uganda: Move to Deal With Lifestyle Disease At National Level Takes Shape -

In an efforts to reign in on high blood pressure, also called hypertension, which is blood pressure that is higher than normal, three important institution, namely; AstraZeneca, Uganda's Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) have launched an initiative that should help Ugandans decrease the burden of dealing with lifestyle diseases.


COVID-19: NRM secretary general Lumumba identified as contact, goes into self-isolation - Independent

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba has gone into self quarantine after three of her staff were found to be COVID-19 positive on Sunday. “Dear all its with sadness that I report this minor setback and hope and pray that it blows over …