In Uganda, a bill proposed by the government aims to regulate herbs used in traditional medicine. Some say the bill will help curb fraud, but traditional healers are more concerned about protecting their knowledge.
The World Health Organization has recommended safe male circumcision, to help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Uganda has implemented a program to encourage the operation and advertise its benefits – so why is the program still struggling to meet its goals?
The Nakivale Refugee Settlement is home to more than 94,000 refugees, many of whom experienced trauma before they escaped from conflicts in nearby countries. The camp’s only entrepreneur network, Opportunigee, is now behind new programs using art therapy to help transform the lives of refugees, especially children.
For those abducted during the war in northern Uganda, everyday life can be fraught with fear and traumatic flashbacks to captivity in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now, a nonprofit in the area is finding that the best person to help them heal is sometimes not a person at all.
Women in Zambia have the world’s fourth-highest rate of cervical cancer. After Robert Zulu’s wife died of cervical cancer in 2015, he founded a nonprofit and took a novel approach to raise awareness and get women into cancer screenings: producing plays and movies about the disease.
Some children in Uganda’s capital say they can’t afford to buy meals, but bottles of aviation fuel are affordable. They inhale the fuel’s fumes and even drink the fuel to get a high that they say masks their hunger.
Some medical devices that help doctors treat cancer aren’t available in Uganda, so people who need treatment look for ways to travel to India. The Ugandan government has proposed legislation to help patients with cancer and other diseases pay for the long journey and the treatments, and small fundraising events like car washes have become more common.