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In 2011, I went to do some work in Bujumbura, Burundi. The work involved visiting the departments of Judiciary and Prisons and the Police. Even coming from Uganda where corruption is so rampant did not insulate me from the extreme shock at the levels of corruption within the State infrastructure. For example, while Continue Reading »

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2015_12$largeimg208_Dec_2015_072642760WASHINGTON – Johns Hopkins University doctors are preparing for what would be the first US penis transplant, a procedure that could potentially help hundreds of wounded veterans.

A Johns Hopkins spokeswoman confirmed a New York Times report that the first such operation was planned for a soldier who suffered genital injuries in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
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Violence against women

By Kathryn Wilkes

The United Nations designated 16 Days of Activism to galvanise action for the elimination of violence against women.
Much will be said and written about domestic violence, child marriage, and sexual assault – as there should be.

But there is another form of gender-based violence that plagues women in Uganda:  land grabbing from widows and orphans. Continue Reading »

By Dr. Josue Okoth

Corruption is a general word comprising of bribery, patronage, nepotism and cronyism, embezzlement, kickbacks, influence peddling, patronage, electoral fraud, unholy alliance and involvement in organized crime among others.

All these vices of corruption involve more than one participant. For instance bribery requires two participants: one to give the bribe and one to take it. Continue Reading »

Teddy Nahabweki (R) with her youngest daughter Ruth Kiiza, a Primary Three pupil at Nyakasura Junior Primary School. Kiiza wants to become a nurse.

Teddy Nahabweki (R) with her youngest daughter Ruth Kiiza, a Primary Three pupil at Nyakasura Junior Primary School. Kiiza wants to become a nurse.

Teddy Nahabweki, 60, is a mother of 18 children, including five sets of twins. One would imagine she would be happy with her offspring but it is far from it.

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downloadAn unlicensed Cambodian doctor was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after he was found guilty of infecting more than 200 people with HIV, including some who later died.

The case has shone a spotlight on the chronically underfunded healthcare system in the impoverished nation where many have to rely on self-taught or unlicensed medics to receive treatment.
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review02+pixJuanita Nassolo told a group of fellow HIV positive adolescents that her teacher often tells pupils in her school that she cannot be punished because she is HIV positive. “My aunt told him I was HIV positive not to subject me to strenuous exercises that would possibly make my health condition worse. But I did not expect to be condemned to public reminders that I was HIV positive. The pupils in the school have marked me and believe that it is a health risk to sit next to me or to share anything edible with me. If I want to share a pancake or a piece of bread with them, many of them don’t want to eat it because I have touched it.”

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