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Today is World Pharmacist Day. The theme for this year’s celebration is; “Pharmacist: Your partner in health”.
Public discussions on inadequate number of health workers in Uganda often focus only on medical doctors, nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians. Pharmacists are hardly mentioned. (more…)

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Despite being outlawed in 2010 by the Female Genital Mutilation Act, some girls and women in Sebei and Karamoja sub-regions are still subjected to the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
During a recent visit to Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo districts courtesy of UNFPA Uganda office and Church of Uganda, I had a rare opportunity to interact with a number of concerned Sabiny men and women. These included the clergy, NGO representatives, local government and community leaders, an ex-cutter, and one Jackie, an FGM survivor.
I call Jackie a survivor because she was brave enough to share her story without breaking down even after being subjected to the painful and demeaning mutilation of her body.

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The panty condom has a stronger material and allows for change of positions unlike the current female condom on the market.

The panty condom has a stronger material and allows for change of positions unlike the current female condom on the market.

Just a few hours after the World Female Condom Day, a new panty- like female condom due to go on the market excited the public on Thursday.

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When Ahmed Mohamed went to his high school in Irving, Texas, Monday, he was so excited. A teenager with dreams of becoming an engineer, he wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he’d made from a pencil case.

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The 14-year-old’s day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested.

“I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her,” Ahmed told reporters Wednesday. “It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it.” (more…)

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2015_9$largeimg216_Sep_2015_125634440By Carol Natukunda & agencies

Coercing your wife to have more children than she initially wanted may soon be regarded as a form of domestic violence.

A new global campaign describes pregnancy pressure, coercion, and birth control sabotage as intimate partner violence.

Campaigners say this form of violence has devastating consequences including unintended pregnancy, abortion, and psychological trauma. (more…)

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Sembabule. Police in Sembabule District have arrested two people for allegedly conniving to procure an abortion.
The officer in charge of police fire department in southern region, Mr Bernard Ssembuusi, named the suspects as a nurse and an 18- year- old girl.
It is alleged that a one Brenda, a friend of the girl who aborted, led her to the nurse and requested her to do away with the six-month pregnancy claiming that the man who impregnated her had declined to assist her.
Police said investigations are still ongoing.

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Corporal punishment is illegal in Uganda but the practice remains rampant in most schools. Various surveys have found that most educators resort to caning children as a corrective measure, a method which, reports indicate, can have devastating effect on the victims. Some children have suffered injuries, including fatalities and others have been maimed for life.

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