Merck Foundation Commits To Building Healthcare Capacity In Uganda

Merck Foundation a non-profit organization, and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA underscored their commitment to long term partnership with Government of Uganda to build healthcare capacity with special focus on diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infertility and cancer. During the high-level meeting between His Excellency Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda Minister of State of Health, Hon. Sarah Opendi, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp and the CEO of Merck Foundation Dr Rasha Kelej, Merck Foundation affirmed their commitment to long term partnership with the Government of Uganda to continue their efforts to improve…
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Why More Government Financing Is Needed For Health

By Freddie Ssengooba Health insurance has recently dominated discussions about how government should fund health programmes for Ugandans. Government is keen on introducing health insurance and a Draft Bill is making rounds in decision-making forums such as Parliament, cabinet and ministries of Finance and Health. The National Health Insurance Bill, seeks to, among other things, fulfill Sustainable Development Goal 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promotion of well-being for all, as well as access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines. According to the Draft Bill, civil servants will contribute 4 per cent of their pay to the insurance scheme,…
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Uganda Commits To Better Breastfeeding Practices

The State Minister for Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu says mothers need adequate support to allow them breast feed their babies up to two years. The minister was speaking an event to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week recently. This year, the World Breastfeeding Week was organized under the theme “Sustaining Breastfeeding Week Together for a Healthy Nation”. The minister underscored Government efforts in surpassing the Global targets of at least 50% of infants exclusively breastfeeding. “Men, I challenge you to support women to enable them successfully breastfeed. Provide mothers with more space and time to feed their babies, by…
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We Make Learning Environment Comfortable For Our Students – VC Victoria University

Dr. Khrisna N. Sharma Dr. Khrisna N. Sharma was recently confirmed as the vice chancellor of Victoria University. The academician comes to the University with a wealth of experience. He has published over 200 medial books and supervised more than 60 researches. In this interview, he elaborates his plans Victoria University is laying to be the preferred private university in Uganda. For students and members of the public who don’t know, who are you and what do you do in your role as the vice chancellor at Victoria University? I am basically an academician and author with medical background. I…
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Victoria University Faculty Of Health Sciences To Introduce Exchange Program With European Varsities

Students and the teaching staff of Victoria University in Kampala, Uganda under the faculty of health sciences will soon be exposed to teaching methodologies of European universities when the Ruparelia owned university rolls outs an exchange program. This was by the deal faculty of health sciences Prof. Stephen Lawoko during the Victoria University Open Day recently. Prof Lawoko an eminent researcher with more than 50 publications and more than 28 years experience in Sweden recently took over as dean replacing Dr. Krisinna N. Sharma who was made Vice Chancellor. “This means that when you enroll here at Victoria University, you…
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Hospitals With Expired Drugs To Miss Funding - Minister

By George Niyonzima The ministry of health is to cut funding to public hospitals found with expired drugs. Besides, the ministry will also hold district health officers and chief administrative offers from the affected facilities responsible, the minister of health has warned. Dr. Ruth Acheng who has been inspecting health facilities in Hoima explains that she was shocked to find health facilities including Hoima regional referral hospital with huge consignments of expired drugs. Addressing district leaders at Kasingo,in Hoima district she explained that government has labored to allocate funds to National Medical Stores to procure drugs for public consumption but…
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Dairy Development Authority Supervise Fresh Dairy’s School’s Program

Dairy Development Authority (DDA) officials have on Thursday paid a supervisory visit to the Fresh Dairy school’s program held at City Parents School in Rubaga division. The on-going Fresh Dairy school’s program is aimed at educating children on nutrition with an inclination towards encouraging the consumption of 1-Yoghurt-a-Day’ as a healthy and nutritious snack. The program which started on 2nd July is scheduled to run the entire 2nd Term and will be held in 350 primary schools in Kampala, Mukono and Entebbe.The Dairy Development Authority (DDA) is mandated with performing regulatory and dairy development services for stakeholders in the dairy…
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Uganda To Benefit From Health Innovations Programme Targeting Mother And Child

GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship launched the second cohort of the healthymagination Mother and Child Programme to continue to accelerate health innovations in Africa. This programme has selected 14 African social entrepreneurs who will benefit from training and mentorship aimed at improving maternal and/or child health outcomes Today, the healthymagination Mother and Child Programme announces its second cohort of social enterprises that will receive training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa. The programme – launched in March 2016 by GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for…
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African Countries To Get Oncology Fellowship Programs

Merck Foundation continues its strong partnership with African Countries, to build healthcare capacity, improve access to cancer care and advance people lives through science and technology, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, affirmed during The 19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA), held at the African Union. African countries, according to Dr. Rasha Kelej, will get oncology fellowship programs, practical training for fertility specialists and to empower infertile women through access to information, health and change of mind-set through “Merck Cancer Access Program” and “Merck More than a Mother” campaign. Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman…
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Merck Foundation To Build Healthcare Capacity, Improve Access To Equitable Healthcare In Tanzania

Merck Foundation, in a meeting between Tanzania’s Vice President, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan and Dr Rasha Kelej, the CEO of Merck Foundation, committed to build healthcare capacity and improve access to innovative and equitable healthcare solutions across the country as part of their CSR programs across Africa. Merck Foundation will focus on providing one year and two years surgical and paediatric oncology fellowship program in India, Europe and University of Nairobi for Tanzanian doctors to improve the cancer care in the country. They will also focus on empowering infertile women through access to information, awareness, health, change of mind set…
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BASF Introduces First New Class Of Public Health Insecticide For Malaria Prevention

BASF has received a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for Interceptor®G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LN) based on chlorfenapyr. Chlorfenapyr is a completely new insecticide class for combating mosquitoes for public health. This is the first WHO recommendation for a product based on a new insecticide class in more than 30 years. Working with the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in a collaboration lasting over a decade, BASF’s scientists successfully repurposed chlorfenapyr to be effective on mosquito nets and meet stringent WHO performance thresholds for public health. Dave…
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India’s Magnus MediTourism Inks Medical Care Partnership With Uganda’s EquatorOne

Magnus MediTourism, Premium Medical Travel Facilitator based in Mumbai, India has signed a franchisee agreement EquatorOne, a Ugandan tours & travel agency as its exclusive representative in Uganda. The partnership will allow Ugandan healthcare providers and patients alike, convenient access to alternative medical treatment at multiple hospitals across several Indian cities including tier 2 and tier 3 cities, that are more affordable. Magnus is one of the only 2 medical travel providers, accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospital and Healthcare (NABH) - the Quality Council of India. Magnus also has a partnership with some of India’s best Medicare…
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Uganda Says It Will Increase Family Planning Financing To $10m

The government of Uganda committed specifically to increase financial investment for family planning from USD 3.3 million to USD 5 million per year for the next 5 years and to mobilize an additional USD 5 million from donors. This money according to a statement released by the ministry of health will strengthen service delivery, build capacities of health workers and facilitate the passing of the National Population Council Bill into Law. This revelation was made during the Family Planning Summit in London, UK to discuss the 2020 agenda. Policymakers, donors and advocates from around the world gathered at the Top…
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DR Congo Reaffirms Commitment to Fighting Sexual Violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual violence in conflict with the launch of a Military Justice Book at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa last week. The Book, which was written by the magistrates of the DRC’s Military High Court in partnership with the office of the Personal Representative of the President on sexual violence and child recruitment, Ms Jeanine Mabunda, highlights the ongoing fight being waged in the DRC against impunity for crimes of sexual violence with case studies of successful, sometimes infamous prosecutions. Given the current unrest in some regions of the…
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Kenya’s Eldoret Hospital Opens Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The facility will serve a broader population of 20 million people across Western Kenya, Uganda and parts of Rwanda Equra Health Kenya has officially opened the Eldoret Comprehensive Cancer Centre in the fast-growing agricultural and trade town of Eldoret in Western Kenya. The facility will serve a broader population of 20 million people across Western Kenya, Uganda and parts of Rwanda; many of whom previously would have had to fly or travel over five hours by road to Nairobi for treatment. Offering world-class facilities with the latest radiotherapy equipment, the new Eldoret Comprehensive Cancer Centre can treat up to 60…
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Why Schools Must Pay Attention To Psycho-Social Growth In Children

Parents, school administrators and children have to work together for the comprehensive physical development of children, educationists say. In building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline play key roles in achieving this goal. “As children grow, at Kampala Parents’ School, we emphasize three important domains, these are: Affective, Cognitive and Psycho-social stage. Affective deals with spiritual emotions. Cognitive is to do with mental process including how people think, perceive, remember and learn. Psycho-social stage is all about developing muscles. Learning is developed by physical skills such as movement, coordination and manipulation. “In order…
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Health Practitioners Get Dry Needling Skills As Victoria University Ties Up PhysioNeeds Academy

Victoria University Kampala signed a partnership with India’s PhysioNeeds Academy that will see the two learning institutions undertake enable research collaboration. The Memorundum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during a two day workshop at the first week of July. The workshop was conducted to train Victoria University students with basic skills in handling patients using Dry Needling approach. The workshop attracted students pursing diplomas, degrees and certificates in physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, clinical medicine among other human science professionals. Victoria University the acting Vice Chancellor, Joseph Nyakana signed the MoU on behalf of Victoria University and Dr. Chakshu Kathuria, the Chief…
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Merck Foundation To Improve Health And Wellbeing Of People

Merck, a leading science and technology company, on Monday announced the establishment of the Merck Foundation. Through this foundation Merck combines many of its corporate responsibility activities under one roof and considerably expands its scope to address health, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. “The vision of the new foundation is a world where everyone can lead a healthy and fulfilling life, also those living under disadvantaged conditions,” said Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the new foundation. “With the Merck Foundation we will continue our commitment towards improving access to innovative healthcare solutions in…
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Culture Diversity: What Schools Can Learn From KISU

The culture diversity at Kampala International School Uganda also known as KISU is not one you can find in many places. The school was established in 1993 as Kabira International School with a population less than 70 students is home to students from 55 nationalities. These are students of different age groups. The school which sits on 14 acres of land can easily pass as the best international school in the country. It has some of the best classroom teaching and learning tools and facilities like science labs, computer labs, practice music rooms, three performance areas, and indoor gym, outdoor…
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Strengthen Your Body, Mind And Spirit With Yoga – What You Need To Know

For the last two decades yoga, an ancient Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline (some people call it a religion) developed around strength, breath and balance has been taking root in Ugandan society. In the nineties, many people in Kampala shrugged it off as a ‘thing’ for foreigners. But not so long, adventurous Ugandans embraced and now it is a major health enhancing art. Yoga studios are being set up across the country. The yoga practice includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures that brings relaxation. It is a technique health and wellness centres like gyms;…
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Kadaga Wants Newly Formed Parliamentary Forum To Table Nutrition Bill

The Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Tuesday presided over the launch of the Parliamentary Forum on Nutrition with a call to the parliamentarians making up the new Forum to create and table a national nutrition bill. “I want this forum to move a motion to create a national nutrition bill so that we can as a country discus what we want in a way of nutrition.” Kadaga said before tasking the Forum to foster the promulgation of an enabling law on nutrition. She was speaking as chief guest during the Forum’s launch at the Office of…
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Have You Registered For Victoria University Dry Needling Training?

The dry needling technique is fast becoming a tool for physiotherapists the world over to treat patients with muscle pain and it is coming to Uganda, thanks to Victoria University Kampala. On 1st and 2nd of July 2017 at the University premises, interested medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives and students will undertake a two day certificate course in dry needling, the first of its kind in Uganda. Dr Krishna N. Sharma, the dean faculty of health science at Victoria University, says that the training will teach basic but important dry needling skills. Dr. Sharma explains that the leading benefit of…
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7 Amenities Every Apartment Must Have – Case Study Speke Apartments

There has been an increase in number of residential apartments in Uganda over the years as the urbanization bug sweeps beyond the tradition urban centres and the country’s only city Kampala. This increase in the number of apartments is responding to the demand of such accommodation. However people are demanding for more than bedrooms and living rooms.The people demanding for such residential settings are of a certain enlighten class or what has come to be known as the middle class. They are quit sophisticated, urban and classy. They have learnt these traits from expatriates and from their travels abroad. So…
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Five Year Cholera Elimination Program Requires Shs30bn Implementation Kitty

Ministry of health officials have said Shs30bn will be required to implement the National Integrated Comprehensive Cholera Prevention and Control Plan (NICCP2017-2022) which was launched at Rider Hotel in Seeta, Mukono district early week. The five year plan was launched to consolidate the gains in prevention and control of cholera and move towards its elimination. Cholera in Uganda mostly affects women and children residing in impoverished settlement areas like the fishing communities and slums. This money, according to ministry of health officials speaking at a two retreat at Ridar Hotel culminating into the launch of the five year plan and…
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Museveni Explains Population Explosion In Uganda

Population explosion in the last three decades has been pegged on government consistent immunization of children and political peace maintained by President Yoweri Museveni’s leadership ever since he came into office in 1986. The President made the revelation while giving this year’s State of The Nation Address at Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday. The President said that his government has ‘dealt with the cost pushers’ which aided his regime in developing the country’s human resource base developing the country in all sectors. The President revealed that Uganda’s population has risen from 14 million people in 1986 to approximately 40 million…
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Development Partners Call For Protection Of HIV Victims

The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe discouraged stigmatization of the new AIDS infections saying they should instead be protected. Sidibe was speaking at the launch of a five point Presidential First-Track Initiative to End the HIV/AIDS Pandemic as public health threat in Uganda by 2030. He also stressed the need to stop mother to child AIDS infection and to end the pandemic in Africa adding that in Uganda it was time to invest in human beings under “Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo.” “Uganda has been a model for the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS and ending HIV/AIDS is an investment…
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Uganda’s Fight Against Tropical Diseases Earns Carter Centre Recognition

As Uganda prepares to launch a nationwide Trachoma surgery campaign to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), the US based Carter Centre has offered a ‘token of recognition’ for the country’s contribution towards the reduction of NTDs. Vice President of The Carter Center, Dr. Dean Siènko, speaking during the awarding ceremony, hailed Uganda for the tremendous strides made towards elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Minster of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, while receiving the award, said that Trachoma is one of the NTDs targeted for elimination by 2020. “Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable…
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Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya Road Kills Police Officer

A police officer attached to Hoima police station has this Monday evening perished in a road accident along Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road. The deceased has been identified as Francis Onekariti attached to the police Canine section. The officer died after the car he was traveling in, a corona model registration number UAW 750B lost control, veered off the road and hit an electricity pole in Kyesiga village, Bujumbura division in Hoima Municipality. Onekariti was on his way to Hoima police station from Kyarushesha in Kyangwali sub-county where he had gone to arrest a suspected robber.He police sniffer dog that was also in…
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Kagadi And Masindi Hospitals Stuck With Expired Drugs

Kagadi and Masindi hospitals in Bunyoro sub region are stuck with expired drugs that have not been disposed of for almost three years. The issue of the expired drugs came onto the spotlight in the Auditor General's report of the financial year 2015/2016 which advised the two hospitals to liaise with the National Medical Stores to find ways of collecting these expired drugs Parliament's local government accounts Committee last week said that the existence of expired drugs could be harmful to the people. The committee ordered CAO of Kibaale, the district health officer of Kagadi and the Medical Superintendent of…
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Fresh Dairy Launches 1-Yoghurt-A-Day Campaign To Promote Healthy Lifestyle

Fresh Dairy in collaboration with Uganda National Association of Paediatric and Child Health Nurses (UNAPCHN)have today launched a campaign dubbed ‘1-Yoghurt-a-Day’with an aim of encouraging more children and adults in Uganda to consume Yoghurt as an important step towards meeting their daily milk content requirement. The campaign will also seek to encourage children and adults to consume yoghurt as a healthy and nutritious snack. Jolly Rubambarama, a senior nurse and Chairperson UNAPCHN noted that the health and nutrition benefits of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day include: CALCIUM: Yoghurt contains calcium which is the main mineral in our bodies. Calcium is beneficial for increasing…
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