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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Life Expectancy In Uganda Improves But HIV, Malaria Remain A Problem

Life expectancy is growing in Uganda but the country continues to struggle with communicable diseases like HIV and malaria, as well as neonatal ailments that kill infants. Globally, countries have saved more lives over the past decade, especially among children under age 5, but persistent health problems, such as obesity, conflict, and mental illness, comprise a “triad of troubles,” and prevent people from living long, healthy lives, according to a new scientific study. “Life expectancy in Uganda is growing, but communicable diseases like HIV, malaria, and lower respiratory infection are still taking the lives of far too many Ugandans. Children…
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Why Children Should Have Lunch At School

One of the biggest failing of Universal Primary Education (UPE), a government initiative to offer free education in Uganda was the failure for government and parents to provide lunch for learners. This in many schools kept away pupils as they couldn’t spend more than eight hours in school without food. Many parents believed that President Yoweri Museveni who implemented the UPE program was going to provide feeding to children. This was not the case and it turned out to be a national concern as thousands of pupils dropped out of school. Food is a crucial component in the development of…
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Health Ministry Asks Media To Clear Breastfeeding Myths

By George Busiinge Tim Mateba, a Senior Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health says there are many myths and cultural beliefs that prevent mothers from exclusively breastfeeding their babies which results to poor child growth. Mateba also called on mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newly born babies for six months to prevent them from malnutrition which has a negative impact to the social-economic development of the country. This was last evening at Kolping hotel in a media briefing about breastfeeding week being funded by world vision-Hoima. He challenged employers to avail breastfeeding space to their female workers. Albert Mugabi, a…
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These Reasons Will Make You Take Your Child To Study At This University

Victoria University continues to raise high and cementing its position as the best privately owned University in the country. The University located on Jinja road in Kampala believes these reasons make it the University of choice for every parent and learners. Below are ten reasons published the University. Location Victoria University Kampala is located in the middle of Kampala City providing convenience and accessibility to all our students. The University is less than an hour’s drive from Entebbe International Airport. We have Students accommodation Hostels conveniently located in the city. Choice of Programmes We offer a wide variety of courses…
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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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