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Andrew Kiranda smiles for the camera with two visitors Ms Georgina Ochuku, left, and Ms Sarah Pisney, right, while still receiving treatment at CASE Clinic’s Intensive Care Unit.

When you meet 10-year-old Andrew Kiranda, running around, playing football, with a bright smile on his face, it is hard to believe that he nearly lost his life to tetanus in July 2012.

What started as a small cut on his toe sent him into a 12-week agonising battle with tetanus.

“When I was playing football with my friends at school after class, I hit my big toe on a stone and it cut me. I told my friends I was going home. I went home and my aunt gave me first aid,” says Kiranda recalls.

Injury turns worse
According to Kait Bartoe, the American nurse who was by his bedside throughout his agony, the 10-year-old walked home barefooted after hurting his toe. This is how (more…)

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He could not deliver it all at once, so he was given the chance to take his wife home, with a promise that he would complete his ‘payment’ as the years go by.

Ten years later, he was still being haunted by his in-laws – they wanted the dowry, he did not have it.

Because it was too much for him to stomach, Baak Bol Kuol opted for a ‘fairer’ option -killing his wife, their two children and then turning the gun on himself.

Bol, a former police officer in northern Bhar al Ghazel, is said to have faced a tough time from his in-laws, who in 2010, organised a formal separation for the couple.

Cultural values
As is the case in Dinka culture, the parents of the woman take her with the children when the supposed husband fails to pay enough bride wealth.
However, while on a night patrol last Friday, Bol went (more…)

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vaccination

There are “new” vaccines recommended, though not compulsory, for babes to protect against deadly infections like pneumonia and diarrhoea.

It is every parent’s dream to see their children grow up and achieve their full potential. But, like everything else in childhood, the immune (body’s defence) system of children is not fully developed yet they are exposed to different germs throughout their lives on a regular basis. Hence, a vaccine may be the only difference between life and death at this stage of development.

For instance, last year between September 2011 and June 2012, a measles epidemic broke out where a staggering 3000 cases were reported with over 100 deaths. It was found that the majority of the children who died were not vaccinated.

The vaccines a child should get
According to Dr Sabrina Kitaka, a senior paediatrician (more…)

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ann kansiime

She is testimony that women can really be funny. Have you watched Ann Kansiime deliver her jokes? If you haven’t, then you probably haven’t had a good laugh in a while, writes Christine W. Wanjala.

It is a cool Thursday morning, but in Ann Kansiime’s world, it is just the perfect day to pay homage to all, or at least most, of the colours of the rainbow. I must add it is all a very tasteful affair completed with a black jacket and black boots.

One of the first things you notice about her is her energy, and amiable nature. In no time, we are chatting like old friends despite never having met before. “I have put on so much weight,” she says in response to a compliment on how the screen does not do her looks justice. Of course, I do not see the weight even if she makes (more…)

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How second-hand smoke affects you

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There is need for a law to regulate usage of tobacco, especially to protect both smokers and non smokers from the adverse effects of smoking such as cancer and heart disease.

In Summary

While many people might only worry about the smell of a lit cigarette or someone smoking it, second-hand smoke can have adverse effects such as lung cancer.

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If you are like many people who do not like the smell of tobacco, you will most likely hold your breath while passing by a person who is smoking.

Unlike this priviledge you have and might take for granted, Mr Sean Carroll could not afford to do such a thing. A website tobaccoinaustralia.org.au tells a story of the bus driver in Australia, who did not have a choice. Every day of his life for the 36 years he had the job, he had to drive a bus that had no restrictions on smoking. As a result, Carroll, a non-smoker developed lung cancer from years of passive exposure to tobacco smoke. He sued his employer, the Melbourne Metropolitan Transit Authority. The case (more…)

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Opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues

By Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Pope Benedict XVI was notorious for his opposition to equality, especially for women and LGBT people.

Will his successor be more sympathetic to gender and sexual orientation human rights?

Not likely, because Benedict has packed the college of cardinals – who will choose the next Pontiff – with loyal fellow conservatives.

We live in hope of a miracle but….

Here’s how the new Pope could show moral leadership by ditching his predecessor’s reactionary policies and modernising the Catholic Church:

Benedict XVI’s resignation gives the Catholic Church a chance for reinvention

MSN online – 12 February 2013
http://on-msn.com/12bhexi

Peter Tatchell writes for MSN today:

The resignation of Benedict XVI – unprecedented for a Pope in six centuries – offers the Catholic Church an extraordinary opportunity for positive change and reengagement with the wider world.

Having broken the tradition (more…)

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