Security guards in Uganda’s capital Kampala say private companies are putting their safety at risk by failing to implement police directives, such as requiring security guards to be on duty in pairs. Some have decided to leave the profession all together.
In Uganda, stealing from people who have been hurt or killed in road accidents is becoming more common, causing authorities to have trouble identifying the deceased. Government solutions are underway, and in the meanwhile, officials are encouraging people to document the thefts.
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.
There’s an emerging trend at rural funeral services in Uganda: listing the faults of the deceased instead of praising them. People say it can set a precedent for better lifestyle choices, but others worry that such pronouncements disrespect the mourners.
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.
Widows in Uganda have few rights when it comes to claiming inheritance. Women’s groups that advocate for them have seen some success, but find themselves unable to reach many widows in need outside of urban areas.
Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are a common but dangerous form of transportation in Uganda, causing hundreds of accidents per month. Drivers are required to hold insurance, but many don’t. Instead, they flee the scene to avoid being blamed for accidents.