Children Playing Improves Their Academic Performance

Children’s play is linked to improvement in academic skills, classroom behavior, healthy emotional attitudes and better adjustment to school life, career guidance experts at Kampala Parents’ School have revealed. For example at Kampala Parents’ School pupils are given time to play with guidance of their teachers. The school principal Ms Daphine Kato adds that the playing shouldn’t stop at school with supervision of teachers but also at home under the watch of parents. “It is very important for parents to have a program, a time table for the children. For example from morning to break, a child can do some…
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Schools Must Have Sickbays To Handle Injuries, Sickness

While schools have the responsible to protect and keep pupils and student in utmost health, the inevitable sometimes happens in form of accidents leading to injuries and general sickness which might need immediate medical response. This is why schools ought to have a well stocked sickbay with a professional and competent medical personal like a nurse to offer the all important and required primary first aid or medical care. Schools like Delhi Public School International Kampala (DPSI) and Kampala Parents’ School understand that it is inevitable for children to fall sick or suffer minor injuries while at school so they…
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Kabarole Hospital Gets MTN Makeover, Equipment Donations

MTN Uganda Foundation last Friday handed over the revamped out-patient department (OPD) block of Kabarole Hospital Church of Uganda (C.O.U) and donated hospital equipment to benefit hundreds of patients who frequent one of Western Uganda’s busiest public hospitals. During the handover ceremony, 10 hospital beds, 10 hospital mattresses, 10 hospital blankets and 10 mosquito nets were received by officials from the Ministry of Health and Kabarole Hospital. This activity was done as part of the corporate social responsibility efforts of MTN Uganda carried out by its humanitarian arm, the MTN Uganda Foundation. Speaking at the event, the MTN senior leadership…
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Technology Breeding Competent Pupils At KPS

The effort Kampala Parents’ School is putting in ensuring that it delivers a deserving education to its pupils is commendable; seeing that the privately owned schools takes computer lessons seriously. The school computer - child ratio, estimated at 2-1, provides the opportunity for children to acquire independence and competence, which can be applied across the whole curriculum. “Our computer suite uses dual-boot computers so children can learn Windows. Children also learn how to best use the internet for learning, at the same time as keeping themselves safe. Our aim is to create digitally literate citizens as well as highly skilled…
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Health And Nutrition Benefits Of Consuming One Yoghurt A Day

Dairy products maker and distributor, Fresh Dairy, for the second year, is running a health and nutrition program, the Fresh Dairy Schools Program, to promote and educate pupils’ good nutrition with an inclination towards the consumption of 1-Yoghurt-a-Day as a healthy and nutritious snack. The Fresh Dairy 2018 schools program is taking place in over 350 primary schools in Kampala, Wakiso and Entebbe districts. Caroline Muchobia, Health and Nutrition Manager – Fresh Dairy said poor nutrition compromises both the quality of life of school-aged children but also their potential to benefit from education. Benefits of yoghurt CALCIUM: Yoghurt contains calcium…
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Uganda To Implement Outbreak Insurance Pilot Study

The Ministry of Health has said it will implement an outbreak insurance pilot study, recently launched by African Risk Capacity Outbreak and Epidemic (O&E) Programme, on four selected pathogenic diseases - Ebola, Marburg, Meningitis, and Lassa Fever. The ministry in a statement said the implementation of this study is intended to strengthen Uganda’s response to outbreaks and epidemics which are known to cause significant human loss and economic burden. The African Risk Capacity Outbreaks and Epidemics Pilot Programme builds on its success in implementing climate disaster risk financing programmes in Africa; and comes as an integrated system to enable governments…
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Uganda Heart Institute Progresses, Aims To Reduce Medical Referrals Abroad

For the first time in Uganda, the diagnosis of irregular heartbeats also known as Electrophysiology Study (EPS) and its treatment known as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) was carried out on 11 patients at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI). Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is the treatment for life threatening irregular heartbeats and is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment. RFA uses high frequency waves to direct heat to the part of the heart that is causing the irregular heartbeat to stop the abnormal heartbeat and correct it. Addressing the media at the Ministry of Health headquarters, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng noted…
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INTERVIEW: Fresh Dairy Speaks Out On School Nutrition Program

Fresh Dairy recently launched the 2018 Fresh Dairy Schools Program which educates school going children on nutrition and the benefits of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day. Vincent Omoth, Marketing Manager Fresh Dairy expounds on the rationale, expectations and benefits of the Fresh Dairy Schools Program. Fresh Dairy recently launched the 2018 Fresh Dairy School Program. Briefly tell us what the School Program is all about? The Fresh Dairy Schools Program is a strategic intervention program in its second year that uses edutainment in form of an engaging interactive and fun show, theatre, song and dance to educate children on nutrition and the benefits…
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Merck Foundation Announce Call For Hypertension And Diabetes Awards Applications

Merck Foundation, the Philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, announced the Call for application for Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards 2018, across the African and Asian Universities through its Merck Capacity Advancement Program with the aim to building a platform for diabetes and hypertension experts across the globe.The CEO of Merck Foundation, Dr. Rasha Kelej said, "I am very proud to see our newly established platform of Diabetes and Hypertension Experts has grown in one year. This encourages us to continue and expand 2018 Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards to universities in more countries in Africa and Asia such as…
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Schools Must Have Well Equipped Health Facilities To Tackle Emergencies

Children’s falling sick at school or suffering minor injuries is inevitable therefore schools must put in place health facilities to handle emergency cases, Delhi Public School International (DPSI) has advised. “DPSI has a school clinic that is well equipped with all necessary drugs, first aid equipment and a well trained and qualified full time nurse to ensure that all emergencies are handled in the best possible way,” the Naguru based school said in a statement on what they have done to ensure safety of their scholars. The school running an Indian CBSE curriculum added: “We ensure that parents/guardians are contacted…
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Schools Must Nurture Mental And Physical Strength Of Students

Kampala Parents School has said learners must be nurtured to be both mentally and physically strong so that they can make a positive contribution to their communities and wider world. The school administrators believe schools must put in place facilities to stimulate the learner’s mental and physical learning abilities. Our versatile approach to teaching incorporates contemporary methods and maintains traditional values. We put emphasis on building successful relationships between our teachers, caretakers and parents, to enable us to support each child’s learning and development, Daphne Kato, the school principal said. She explains that effective teaching and learning involves seeing, handling,…
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KISU Commemorates Maths Week

Students at Kampala International School Kampala spent much of last week celebrating Maths Week at the school campus. The Maths Week is celebrated globally by to celebrate the beauty of mathematics. The week long activities at KISU focused on developing maths skills and promoting mathematics. Globally, the guiding principle of Maths Week is "Maths for All". Maths Week is an initiative to help everyone to look at maths positively. “This week we have been celebrating Maths Week at KISU. All week the children have been grappling with maths challenges, working in teams to solve problems, learning maths songs, playing maths…
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11 Social Enterprises That Have Completed Healthymagination Mother And Child Programme

Launched in 2016 by GE in partnership with Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the programme set out to tackle maternal and child health by building the capacity of social enterprises operating in Africa with a view of improving outcomes for mothers and children on the continent which is in line with the company's sustainability culture to make a meaningful difference in communities where it operates while improving productivity. Afya Research Africa (http://AfyaResearch.org/index.php) (Kenya; led by Dr. Moses Ndiritu) - is a social enterprise that works with communities to set up and manage medical centers and develop medical…
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Cholera Outbreak Claims 8 In Hoima Refugee Settlement Camps

By George Busiinge Health authorities in Hoima have confirmed a cholera outbreak that has claimed eight people and over 320 hospitalised at isolation centres that have been set up. The latest outbreak has been reported in Rwenyawawa village in Kyangwali Sub-County and Sebigoro landing site in Kabwoya Sub County where Congolese refugees are settled. The areas host thousands of refugees from DR Congo who have fled tribal clashes in the eastern part of the country. Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer, says the victims are mostly children below five years. 119 are children. He says isolation centres have…
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Merck Foundation Signs Cancer And Fertility Care MoU With First Ladies

Merck Foundation, a non-profit organization and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African First Ladies Organization. The aim is to achieve the objectives of raising awareness, building professional capacity and improving healthcare access in the field of Cancer and fertility care in Africa. Merck Foundation has conducted many educational and fellowship programs in Africa since 2012 in the field of non-communicable diseases through Merck Cancer Access Program, Merck capacity Advancement Program, Merck STEM Program and Merck more than a Mother campaign. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation expressed her gratitude to have…
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Obesity At Workplaces: The Burden Of Sitting For Long

Many employees spend much of their working time seated in their office chairs. What many don’t know are the health risks that they expose themselves to. It is worse in a country like Uganda where most corporate workers have an 8am to 5pm job with minimal health breaks like lunch. These are about ten hours of working with no physical exercising of the body. To conclusively and fully understand the risks such employees are exposed to, a student at Victoria University Kampala has instituted a research with Bank of Uganda as her sample space. Rebecca Suubi, a student of nutrition…
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Why Children Must Participate In Sports Activities At School

Children's participation in sports at an early age works to develop their physique, cognitive skills, social relationships thus identifying and tapping into the different talents these children may have, educationists at Kampala Parents’ School have said. This approach has helped Kampala Parents’ School to perform well over the years including finishing as the second best primary school in Kampala district in last year’s primary leaving examination. The school has some of the sports facilities and continues to do well in schools competitions. “We strive to make our pupils both mentally and physically strong so that they can make a positive…
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We Personalize Child’s Learning – Kampala Parents’ School

The relationship between a learner, teachers and school environment plays an essential role in the academic success of a child. It is in the interest of the school to ensure that the relationship is mutual and can be trusted by the child and parent. And in this modern era, parents are specific in choosing where their toddlers go to study. Schools like Kampala Parents’ School located on Lugogo bypass in Kampala have over the years stood out for their excellence. “We listen to each unique child, and those who care for them, and use this information to personalize each child’s…
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I Will Use My Position To Improve Public Health In Uganda – Nabunya, Victoria University’s Guild President

For Mariah Peggy Nabunya, becoming the first female guild president of Victoria University Kampala didn’t come as a surprise; she has tasted leadership through much of her high school life. And being the first born in her family, leadership comes naturally. In this exclusive Q&A interview, Nabunya talks to healthnews.co.ug about her life, choosing to participate in student politics, choosing between a degree in medicine and public health, life at Victoria University and her life a public health practitioner. READ ON. Briefly tell our readers about your life and why you choose to participate in student politics at Victoria University?…
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Victoria University Exhibits World Class Research In Public Health

By Professor Stephen Lawoko Having spent 28 years of my life in Sweden, returning to Uganda July 2017, to serve my country was an honor,though with mixed feelings of excitement and uncertainty. Exciting because I felt my experience in research and education in the health sciences domain would be of great value to university students, faculty and community at large. Uncertain because I had never worked professionally on long-term basis in Uganda, having left the country after completing senior six. I was now to join as Dean of Health Sciences at a young but dynamic University, Victoria University. For the…
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BLOOD Donation: Uganda Has Shortage Of Over 100,000 Units Of Blood

Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) have revealed that Uganda annually needs 340,000 units of blood but UBTS is only able to raise about 200,000 units, leaving a shortage of over 100,000 units. The blood agency also emphasized that on top of there being a blood shortage, there is need for hospitals to have a steady supply of blood because it is one way of saving lives. Uganda Blood Transfusion Services and telecom services provider MTN Uganda last Friday launched a ten-day blood donation drive in an attempt to enable the availability of blood. The drive started today at the MTN…
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Public Health Student Takes Over As Victoria University Guild President

Maria Peggy Nabunya, a second year student of bachelor's of science in public health, was sworn in last Saturday to become the first female guild president of Uganda’s fastest growing private university, Victoria University Kampala. The swearing in ceremony took place at expansive and luxurious Speke Resort Munyonyo Saturday evening. Ms Nabunya has been serving as the vice guild president in the outgoing guild cabinet headed by Peter Isiko. “I have so many ideas that I felt the need to continue with leadership in order to see those ideas come to reality. Now it is time to get to work…
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How A Visit To Sauna Improves Your Blood Circulation

Using the sauna and steam room is the best way to relax the muscles, revitalize the skin, improve blood circulation, and ease mental stress, experts at Speke Apartments Gym say. “The steam room helps to open up airways which improves your breathing and alleviates congestion,” they said, adding: “The steam also helps to clear out any impurities from the skin. The experts at the ultra-modern gym located at Speke Apartments on Wampewo Avenue say this is good for people who have acne because it will ‘leave feeling good and fresh’. The gym adds that massage shouldn’t be treated so much…
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Cancer Patients In Ethiopia, Uganda And Tanzania To Get Novartis Help

Novartis, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced today they will work together to devise a common approach to improve access to cancer treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each partner brings unique expertise in cancer diagnosis and treatment. This complements the work the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is doing to improve access to affordable, quality-approved oncology medicines in the region. ASCP will build healthcare capacity for immuno-histochemistry (IHC) analysis in two hospital laboratories in Ethiopia and Tanzania. ACS will support training of healthcare professionals in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda to ensure quality processes…
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Merck Diabetes Award 2017 Winners Named As World Marked World Diabetes Day

After the official launch of the Merck Foundation in Cairo, Egypt on 24th October 2017, Merck Foundation has embarked on a strong campaign to raise awareness on key health problems by taking part in the World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2017. As part of the awareness initiatives, Merck Foundation has announced the Merck diabetes Award 2017 winners to mark the WDD2017. Winners of the "Merck Diabetes Award- Every Day is a Diabetes Day" were announced during the Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Cairo, Egypt. The winners are drawn from African and Asian universities. The award is covering more than…
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Unilever Targets Reduction Of Anaemia Deficiency In Nigerian Women, Adolescent

With about 7 billion people living in the world, natural resources have come under tremendous strain globally. Rising temperatures, water scarcity, double burden of nutrition and increasing gaps between the poor and the rich are some of the challenges facing the world. Some corporate organisations have come to understand that companies must be a part of the solution to these issues. They have realized that these issues do not only affect our communities but also challenge the commercial sustainability of the business. One of these companies is Unilever, a purpose-driven company, whose purpose is simple, to make sustainable living commonplace.…
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Dangote Foundation Joins Global Leaders To Fight Malnutrition

What problem can be found in every country in the world and affects one in three people globally? What problem is so rife that the World Health Organization (WHO) terms it "the new normal."? The surprising answer is malnutrition. It is not an issue that grabs many headlines or attracts much funding, yet malnutrition in its various forms, from hunger and wasting to obesity, has become the number one driver of global disease and the underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths. Global Summit Global Action The leading platform in the fight against malnutrition is the Global…
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INTERVIEW: How Victoria University Shaped Rebecca Suubi’s Life As A Nutritionist

Not many times in our academic endeavors do we find ‘gold’ in pursuing courses that were not our first priorities. Missing on out first choice courses usually is a pain. However the case is different for Rebecca Suubi whose first priority course was medicine. But after failing to get a good university offering medicine, she fell in love with Victoria University. While the Sudhir Ruparelia owned university did not have a medical course, it offered her a nutrition and dietetics course which has changed her life in a positive way as she explains in this exclusive interview with Health News…
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What Role Can Academic Institutions Play To Address Mental Illness Among Refugee Populations?

The global population of forcibly displaced people has doubled over a decade to 65 million as a result of an upsurge of intense and prolonged societal conflicts. Internal displacements, refugees and asylum seekers constitute the current forcibly displaced populations. The top ten hosts of conflict refugees are predominantly low- or middle-income countries, and when adjusted for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per Capita, Sub-Saharan Africa shoulders the main burden with 7 countries among the top ten hosts. Uganda is host to over 1 million refugees from Conflict affected countries, positioning the country as the 4th largest host of refugees globally, when…
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Health Sciences Students To Get Ruparelia Scholarship Grant

Victoria University Kampala Students under the Faculty of Health Sciences are set to benefit from the recently instituted Dr Sudhir Ruparelia Scholarship Grant in an effort to promote health related education in the country. Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the proprietor of Victoria University, recently announced that he will 30 percent of tuition fees to lucky students at the Jinja Road University. It has now been known that the Faculty of Health Sciences will benefit just like all other faculties. Health sciences courses are some of the most expensive in the country. This hinders many aspiring from pursuing their dreams but now…
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