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Citizens React: Ugandans Share Why They Fled Their Capital City Ahead of Election

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Politics

Uganda’s elections occurred in February, but some people who fled Kampala, the capital city, are just now returning to their regular lives. They told GPJ why they left, and people who stayed explain why they didn’t.

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HIV Treatment Births a Virus-Free Generation in Uganda

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Women who were born with HIV are now having their own children, and increasingly, those children aren’t infected with the virus. Health officials credit Uganda’s focus on providing anti-retroviral treatment to pregnant women and mothers.

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Lawsuits Spotlight Forced Sterilization of Women with HIV in East African Countries

Region: AfricaKenyaUganda

Topics: Human Rights

Some Ugandan women living with HIV say they were forced or coerced into getting sterilized, sometimes without their knowledge. Women and rights groups in East Africa are watching a legal battle in Kenya, where five women with HIV who were forced into sterilization are suing the government and healthcare providers for violating their rights.

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In Uganda, One Man Steers Children Toward Education and Away From Violence

Region: Uganda

Topics: Education

An instructor’s own tough experience inspires him to offer informal classes to a few among thousands of kids who live on the street. Improved literacy is hoped to ease the way, at least for some, to formal education.

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As Uganda’s Plastic Bag Ban Takes Hold, Women Create Woven, Reusable Bags

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

A newly-enforced ban on thin plastic bags in Uganda is creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who are creating a new market for reusable bags. From large factory operations to small-scale efforts by groups of friends, bag makers say the ban has provided them with a livelihood.

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Sanitary Pads for Refugees in Uganda Pulled Due to Quality Concerns

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessHealthHuman Rights

The MakaPads brand of sanitary pads, which are 95 percent biodegradable, were previously offered free to Uganda refugees. But the brand has come under fire after a failed government inspection and lack of certification. While the Ugandan manufacturer was praised for its efforts to help poor schoolgirls who missed school during menstruation, some women and girls complained about the quality of the brand.

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Plates, Pans, or Cash: Vote Buying Common As Ugandans Prepare for Election

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Politics

A bar of soap or a bag of salt is sometimes what decides how a person votes in Uganda. In primaries preceding the Feb. 18 general elections, candidates who gave the most money to voters won the elections, according to a report.

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Ugandans Debate Term Limits As Election Approaches

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Politics

Many Ugandans say they want presidential term limits restored, but few expect that change. Amid allegations of bribery of parliamentarians, people argue whether President Yoweri Museveni's 30 years of power have weakened government institutions or brought stability to the nation.

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Ugandans Fear Corruption, Theft After Changes to New Public Finance Law

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessPolitics

An amendment to a bill intended to protect public funds enables Uganda’s government to get loans from the Bank of Uganda without parliamentary approval. Opponents of President Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Movement party say the change could result in theft of public funds, but advocates of the change say it’s necessary for the government to have access to money for emergencies.

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Election Season in Uganda Triggers Higher Cost of Living, Frustrations for Residents

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessPolitics

Political uncertainty, among other factors, has caused a depreciation of the Ugandan shilling against the U.S. dollar, triggering a rise in prices of basic commodities.

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