School in Uganda isn’t required for toddlers, but more parents are sending their very young children to class. Some parents say the trend helps children prepare for life, but others worry that it demands too much of the young students.
In February, Yoweri Museveni, 72, won a fifth term in an election marked by allegations of fraud, and now a plan to lift a ban preventing those over 75 from serving as president would let him run again in 2021 and beyond. Supporters say he has popular backing, but opposition party members are among those who say Museveni lacks the mental and physical capacity to run the nation.
Many favorite Ugandan dishes include fried foods, which experts say are contributing to spikes in illnesses such as gallstones, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Now, many people are seeking healthier options and Ugandan chefs are responding with changes to their menu.
Some churches in this fast-growing movement teach that members must make donations to gain blessings. A church organization official says some churches “concentrate on personalities and not Jesus,” and an outside minister’s website lists pastors whom he suspects of wrongdoing.
Most in the nation rely on traditional healers for regular health care, and bold ads indicate the sexual enhancers are growing in popularity. But physicians say some of the herbal remedies for vaginal dryness and other problems might do irreversible harm.
Girl Up Initiative Uganda offers workshops on sexual health and reproductive rights, leadership training and other topics for girls in schools, as well as skills training for young women who have dropped out.
A local TV program features people who have doubts about paternity and films their reactions to the test results. In Uganda, the number of private facilities providing such tests has increased in the last five years, pushing down prices, which are still prohibitive for many.
Despite a Ugandan ban on same-sex relationships, gay rights activist Isaac Mugisha spearheads efforts to organize an annual gay pride festival in the East African country. In a Q&A with GPJ, Mugisha says attitudes are beginning to change, but there are still many challenges.