Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.
In Uganda, farmers often dry their maize crop directly on the ground, which is cheaper than buying cloth to spread them on. But the practice increases the risk of disease-causing aflatoxins and could decrease maize exports if levels exceed international standards.
Theft of anti-malarial drugs is a huge problem in Uganda, causing a shortage of medication that is sorely needed to treat the disease. Counterfeit drugs often fill the void, despite government efforts to address the problem.
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.