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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University Dean Offers Depression Solutions In New Book

Depression is a life threatening condition that is inevitable yet when not handled with utmost attention can be deadly. Many times you cannot know that you are suffering from depression. Usually it is the people close to you who will notice that you are depressed or getting depressed. While depression is life threatening, the dean faculty of health science at Victoria University, Dr Krishna N. Sharma, has published a book discussing the dangers of depression and how you can overcome the condition. In the book titled "Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Depression," Dr. Sharma offers a holistic approach of treating…
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Why Ugandans Should Seriously Consider Studying Environmental Health Science

Environmental health is defined on Wikipedia as the branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. This, according to other online sources include public health protection and environmental health protection. This means that for a developing country like Uganda, trying to make key developmental decisions, environmental health cannot be ignored. In an interview with EARTHFINDS, the dean of faculty of health science at Victoria University, Dr Krishna Sharma, said humans need to leave in a health environment but warned that availability of environmental health experts to provide…
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Study These Courses And Become a Professional Health Scientist

Uganda’s output of health scientists is still low yet the demand for health professionals continues to surge. This deficit is being made worse by the number of health professional practitioners who are leaving the country for green pastures. This means that when you train as a health scientist, the chances of getting a job is high. The government of Uganda and private health centers are recruiting each year. In Uganda, not many high institutions, especially universities, churn out health scientists enough to meet market demand. To bridge the gap, Victoria University in Kampala lined up a number of courses that…
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Hope As Zep-Re Donates Shs36m To The Cancer Institute

By Sharon Kyatusiimire There was a ray of hope at Mulago Hospital’s Children’s cancer ward as three children who survived cancer of the blood normally known as leukemia were given certificates congratulating them for being brave and surviving the killer disease. Their triumph gives hope to children who are struggling with different kinds of cancer at the institute. Edward Mponye, Amaani Butali and Abra Hibatullah have all spent three years at the institute going through treatment (chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy) and have finally been fund cancer free. The institute was joined by Zep-Re insurance company to celebrate the survivals and…
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What You Need To Know About ‘Side Effect’ Free Dry Needling

Victoria University in Kampala is calling on medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses and midwives to register and undertake a two day course in dry needling, the first of its kind in Uganda. The certificate training will take place on 1st and 2nd of July 2017 at the University premises. Dry needling is not a common health practice especially in Uganda but it exists elsewhere in Africa, specifically South Africa. Victoria University students under the faculty of health science will not pay for the training but students from other universities will pay Shs250, 000 while practicing health professionals will pay 300, 000.…
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Here Are The Health Benefits Of Jogging In The Morning

Jogging and working out in the morning has far more reaching benefits, a specialist at The City Gym on Kampala Road, has revealed. The physical trainer also emphasized that for good results, working out in the morning before you eat anything is much better for good results. James Okech, who is also the gym manager at The City Gym, explained in an interview that working out in the morning guarantees a longer, stronger and fitter life with better mobility. “The brain will feel sharper after working out in the morning because you have exercised your mind,” Okech says. He quells…
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Ten Reasons To Get That Gym Membership

Just as it takes a special breed of a motivated individual to work at home, rare is the man who can get in a full workout without a place to work out. Working from home works for some people because the alternative is dying, impoverished in a gutter. The alternative to working out at home is watching TV, eating and sleeping. Most of us mere mortal need a gym to help get us into the best shape possible. It is essential that you get a gym membership if you are serious about getting in shape. Yes, the sacrifices can be…
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Ministry Of Health Strengthens Immunization Coverage

Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNICEF is gearing up efforts towards increased coverage of routine immunization across the country. The Deputy Programs Manager UNEPI, Dr. Henry Luzze told journalists at a sensitization workshop recently that that there are 12 immunizeable diseases and government is planning an additional thirteenth vaccine to protect all Ugandan children. The 12 immunizeable diseases are: Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Whooping cough, Diphtheria, Tetanus Measles, Neonatal Tetanus, Hepatitis B infections, H. Influenza infection, Cancer of cervix, Pneumococcal infections, Rotavirus. Government introduced Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization in early 2016. “Injectable Polio Vaccine will not replace Oral…
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New Health Minister Speaks Out On Her Key Priorities

The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng took over her new responsibility with demands from different sections of the sector. The first a hundred days in office, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng pledges to prioritize on the following five key issues which include; Strengthening Evaluation and Monitoring through supportive supervision. Addressing None- Communicable and Communicable disease control plus Epidemics. Addressing reporting structures and governance systems Addressing Human Resource gap Harmonizing Communication to the Public with a clear strategy to ensure information is disseminated in a more streamlined manner. According to the Honorable Minister,a new structure within the ministry that brings…
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Ring To Protect Women Against HIV

Ministry of Health in partnership with Makerere University and John Hopkins Universities Research Collaboration has released findings from a Ring study which showed that a monthly vaginal ring containing the Antiretroral drug dapivirine can prevent HIV infection in women and it is safe for long-term use. This is the first time two studies have confirmed statistically significant efficiency for a microbicide. The ring could provide a discreet and easy to use new method of protection for women at high risk of acquiring HIV. Ugandan Scientists have a story to tell about the HIV triumph. After nearly 20 years of research,…
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Ministry of Health Signs MOU With Aga-Khan University Hospital, Nairobi

The Ministry of health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aga-Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUHN). The signing seeks to establish and enhance a collaborative relationship between Uganda through the Uganda Cancer Institute and AKUHN in the care for cancer patients within the region. Two patients have already been referred for treatment under this program, while 20 others are lined up for the same. The vetting process continues under the supervision of the Tumor board, set up to screen patients for eligibility and possible referral. Approximately, 400 patients will benefit from this program. This program will particularly consider patients…
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AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives. Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter's condition kept a secret within the family. Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, now 18 and the latest winner of a beauty pageant for young Ugandan women with the virus that causes AIDS, yearned to live openly, even if it meant people saying harsh things behind her back. Natukunda was crowned Miss Young Positive during a boisterous affair at a Kampala hotel…
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Alcohol Bill Gets Nod From Health Ministry, Civil Society

Government has welcomed the proposed Alcohol Drinks Control Bill 2016, saying it will help reduce excessive alcohol consumption in the country. The Bill, a private members' initiative, spearheaded by the Mukono Municipality MP, Ms Betty Nambooze, seeks to consolidate all alcoholic-related laws and sets tougher sanctions on alcohol consumption. The principal medical officer of mental health and control of substance abuse at the Health ministry, Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, said the Bill, if passed into law, will reduce government expenditure on alcohol-related diseases. "We are soon tabling an Alcohol Control Policy. This policy directs on the consumption of alcohol and how…
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National HIV/AIDS Household Survey Begins

The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters recently. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence, prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic. The information collected through UPHIA will benefit both the country and its citizens. This data will be utilized by stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS response to mobilize resources to support the…
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Church Of Latter day Saints Donates Wheelchairs To Ministry Of Health

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter ­day Saints based in United States of America donated 270 Wheelchairs worth 2 billion shillings to Ministry of Health. The Donation comes at a time when Ministry of Health is in the final planning stage for a massive assessment of the magnitude of people faced with physical disability resulting from accidents and the recent internal conflict in Northern Uganda. Records at the Ministry of Health headquarters show that Uganda has 1.5 million people with disabilities and majority of whom have physical disability. Zalwango Salama, a resident of Bwaise and Ronald Wisdom who stays…
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