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President Yoweri Museveni says that Family planning is not about population control.

President Yoweri Museveni says that Family planning is not about population control.

President Yoweri Museveni has opened a three-day National family planning conference with an advice to stakeholders in the health sector, Uganda’s development partners and policy formulators, not to confuse family planning for population control.

He said that family planning was good for the health of mothers and the children, and for the family welfare as it is able to save and create wealth as well as for national development.

The conference is taking place at Kampala under the theme “Accelerating Social and Economic Transformation through Universal Access to Voluntary Family Planning.”

It is organized by the Ministry of Health with support from the United Nations Fund for Population Advancement and other development partners.

The conference, a first of its kind, is intended to (more…)

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2014_7$largeimg228_Jul_2014_150815850Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found.

The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on the west coast of Wales.

Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious impact on public health.

“People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands. But if the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is a genuine potential to reduce the (more…)

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Police in Amuru district are holding a 56 year old woman on allegations of defiling a 10 year old boy.
The suspect who is a resident of Kulu- Lela village, Pamuja parish, in Amuru district was arrested on Monday after two weeks in hiding and police search.

It’s alleged that the suspect was caught having sex with a minor, but before her arrest, she took off and she has been in hiding. She is currently being held at Pabbo Police Station pending charges at the Gulu High Court.

The Aswa Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema told Daily Monitor that the suspect’s actions amount to aggravated defilement which attracts a jail term of not less than 35years upon conviction by court of law.

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State minister Lukia Kadam warned parents against child marriages.

State minister Lukia Kadam warned parents against child marriages.

Busoga parents have been warned against marrying off girls before they are ready because it deprives them of their bright future.

State Minister for Gender and Cultural Affairs Rukia Nakadama sounded while officiating at the launch of ‘End child Marriages’ campaign organised by World Vision Uganda in partnership with other child rights network in Bugiri District.

Nakadama said child marriage is associated with lower levels of schooling for girls in every region and is a barrier to international development goals.

“Educating a girl child creates many positive outcomes for economic development and poverty reduction by improving girls’ income earning potential and social economics status,” she advised.

She added that some parents perceive marriage (more…)

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People have been gathering since last year claiming to be worshiping.

People have been gathering since last year claiming to be worshiping.

MITYANA – The Police in Mityana are holding four people suspected to be fake traditional healers. The suspects were held from Kabuwambo village, in Busimbi Sub county Mityana district.

The arrest follows a complaint from residents of Kabuwambo, who have been seeing hundreds of people gathering at a place called Kabira.

The residents alleged that two of the suspects were involved in criminal offenses like rape and defilement, but the cases were not being reported to police.

Kabira is a small forest where hundreds of people have been (more…)

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Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates in the world. But for women who, for one reason or another fail to conceive, desperation exposes them to the wiles of traditional healers.

Rachael Lwayiga, 18, is a victim of rape. A resident of Siriira village in Luwuka district, Lwayiga’s search for relief from alleged recurrent demonic attacks led her into enlisting the help of a traditional healer, Sulaiman Batwala, 64.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/631820-tricked-raped-by-a-traditional-healer.html

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Matayo Karuru, far left, sits next to his wife Beatrice Tumuhaise and their children at their home in Katamba Biharwe, Mbarara. They have seven children, two of whom, a 15 year old and an eight year old are not in the picture. The first born Amon Mujuni (3rd L) is 18 and the youngest is one and a half, whom Tumuhaise is carrying. The couple is unable to send their children to school and sometimes send them to their grandparents home to ease on the pressure of feeding them.

Matayo Karuru, far left, sits next to his wife Beatrice Tumuhaise and their children at their home in Katamba Biharwe, Mbarara. They have seven children, two of whom, a 15 year old and an eight year old are not in the picture. The first born Amon Mujuni (3rd L) is 18 and the youngest is one and a half, whom Tumuhaise is carrying. The couple is unable to send their children to school and sometimes send them to their grandparents home to ease on the pressure of feeding them.

Ms Beatrice Tumuhaise and her husband Matayo Karuru live with their seven children off a three acre piece of land in Katamba village, Nyakinengo Parish in Biharwe Sub-county, Mbarara District.

A quick look at their house and surroundings clearly shows a family struggling to survive. The couple also owns a hen and a goat. They grow food crops on their patch of land, but currently, banana trees, beans, maize, fruits and cassava which are intercropped look miserable and have withered due to over cultivation of the soil as well as the harsh climate.

Besides not having adequate food, they have no reliable source of income to purchase clothes, medicine and other necessities which is the reason the children and parents are dirty, scantily dressed and emaciated.

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