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Teen eyes nursing after delivering ahead of exam

Kobusinge with her baby girl. She has vowed to excel in her studies and help other girls

She is looking forward to a career in the medical practice as a nurse. That is the ambition of Harriet Kobusinge, the 16-year-old student who gave birth to her first baby as she prepared to sit for Physics Paper II exams last Tuesday at Rusekere Secondary School in Kabarole District.

The Senior Four candidate says her experience did not break her resolve to succeed and help young mothers in future.
“I want to become a nurse and offer health education especially about reproductive health which will help teenagers in future. If I had got this education, this would not have happened to me,” Ms Kobusinge said.

The new mother adds that she has not faced any challenges since giving birth. (more…)

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High population figures pose challenge to healthcare

Children go about with their business at school . Uganda is grappling with poor health service delivery that has contributed to high maternal and infant mortality rates. The poor state or absence of facilities in some parts of the country has been attributed to a fast growing population.

When the global population hits 7 billion on Monday at midnight, it is more likely that the seventh billion baby will be born either in Asia-Pacific or Africa, two regions, where population growth rate are highest in the world. And given that Uganda has the second highest fertility rate in the world, that significant child could be born here. But where that baby is born will determine whether it will live to see its fifth birthday or die early of preventable diseases.

If that baby is born in Uganda, the chances that it will die are 137/1,000 and for its mother to die while giving birth on Monday is 345/1,000. This high maternal and child mortality rate is what formed the basis for the theme of the 2011 State of Uganda Population Report.

The report assessing the state of (more…)

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Raped at gun point by her supposed protector

Ms Batte (left)with fellow sex workers at a meeting in Kampala.

“It had just stopped raining. One carried a baton and another had a gun. As they approached, I happily thought my first pay for the night had come,” Sarah Nakato, a sex worker in her 30s narrates her ordeal when two policemen approached her as she stood in a street corner after midnight.

It was a chilly evening in Kibuye, a Kampala suburb. The streets were deserted, with only a few residents rushing home. She counted her fortunes as the two men drew closer –she had customers. The excitement was short-lived when the duo, however, told her she had broken the law and was under arrest. “I was handcuffed and ordered to walk a distance of about half a kilometer to Kibuye Police Station.”

She obliged to the order but as they approached a dark spot on their way to the station, Nakato says she was ordered to stop. “One of them gave me (more…)

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Tororo medic arrested over abortion

A clinical officer attached to Tororo general hospital has been arrested for allegedly conducting an illegal abortion.
Robert Amuka was arrested on Sunday after Leah Mwanjota, 20; a student of Millennium Universal College was admitted to St Anthony hospital in a critical condition on Saturday evening.

Mwanjota a resident of Moshi, Tanzania was allegedly carrying a two-month pregnancy when the abortion that nearly left her dead was procured. (more…)

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A success story in a sea of hardship

Ndagire has managed to rise above disability and the challenges of motherhood with disability and celebrates her one-year-old son who has so far shown amazing perceptiveness to his mother’s condition

If you hear Florence Ndagire speak, you will be captivated by the sweet lilt in her voice but what stays with you is her eloquence as she engages her audience in an open conversational way. When you look at her, the super smooth chocolate complexion matches her beautiful voice and it takes about a minute to notice that her eyes are not focusing at all. Ndagire is blind, has been so since birth, but she is also a proudly accomplished woman, and most of all a mother of one.
“I was scared of what people would say, how the public would view me when my belly started bulging,” she says of her feelings just at the beginning of her pregnancy. When I ask her how, she gives an example of passing a boda boda stage and the boda bodas exclaiming who did that to you? The programme Officer Lobbying and Advocacy for Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC) thinks her experience at mother hood is one of the better ones as compared to what other women with disabilities go through. (more…)

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Is your birth registered?

A new born child’s umbilical cord is cut.In some Hospitals,a slip record of birth is given to the parents of the child but this is not equivalent to a birth certificate

Current process of getting a certificate
The quest for a birth certificate begins at the place of birth with government and missionary hospitals issuing short birth certificates for any child born there. Those born in private hospitals and clinics have to go to the sub-county office or division headquarters. Those born in town council hospitals should get their birth certificates from the town clerk’s office.
Only the bureau based at George House have the mandate to give the long birth certificate, so anyone requiring one will have to go to their offices armed with the short one. “The charges are Shs5,000 and bank charges of about Shs2,500.

Story by Beatrice Kabasiguzi

Beatrice Kabasinguzi, a shop attendant has three children who are all under the age of six. None of them has a birth certificate. (more…)

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he slums are characterised by poor hygiene.

Surviving in that shanty town called home

A journey to any of the slums around Kampala will reveal that most of the dwellers are youths and they are usually unemployed. At around 7am, as you take a walk through Kisenyi, you will find men squatting next to a rubbish filled drainage sharing a cigarette as they reminisce about the previous night. In Katanga, you will find youth playing Ludo or cards at 10a.m. The situation is not any different in all the other slums.

One might wonder why these youths don’t get jobs. Edwin Ssekitoleko whom I found playing Ludo in Katanga says, “This game is my job. I have tried to look for jobs but I have failed to get any. So if I get money from playing Ludo why don’t I call it a job?” (more…)

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