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Coronavirus - Uganda: Games children play during COVID-19 in Kikuube District

The play activities help them to focus on something other than the COVID-19 pandemic

Sharif, Julius and Angel share their stories As children wait for the government to open schools, they continue to engage in various activities at home including learning, helping with domestic chores, and above all, playing their favourite games. At a time when children are anxious about the future, and many…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: Kitgum leaders fear schools may not have female students after lockdown due to teenage pregnancies

1,519 girls below 19 years have visited a hospital for antenatal care since schools were shut in March 2020

District leaders in Kitgum are worried that by the time schools are allowed to resume in the area, more than half of the female students in the district will either be married off or will be pregnant. According to June statistics that the district Community Development Office presented in a…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: “I wish I could have some magic, I would just say let schools open right away" - Twelve-year-old Alex Abigail, Congolese refugee in Uganda

In March 2020, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of schools to stop the spread of COVID-19

Twelve-year-old Alex Abigail from the Democratic Republic of Congo wants to become a doctor. But with the schools still closed in Uganda, Abigail knows this will not happen unless she goes to school. “We want to be better people. Personally, I want to become a doctor. That is why it…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: 541 people living with HIV and AIDS in Yumbe traced and linked back into care

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, there is need for patients to continue getting their medication in order to live a healthy life

When Uganda’s President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, announced a nationwide lockdown in March 2020, he also banned mass gatherings. This was done to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. To Amati Odraru, prohibiting gatherings meant limiting her monthly visits to the HIV clinic at Yumbe Health Centre…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: Matuma Health Centre III sees an increase in deliveries during the COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda

Improved hygiene and cleanliness at the health centre is attributed to improvements in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure

As you enter Matuma Health Centre III in Yumbe District, northern Uganda, a handwashing facility with soap awaits you. You cannot enter the health centre without washing your hands first and wearing a mask. All people seeking services at this health centre – inpatients and outpatients – are wearing masks…

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Despite COVID-19 challenges, Uganda receives Polio and Pentavalent Vaccines

Vaccines will ensure uninterrupted routine immunization services for children in Uganda

Uganda has today received 3,842,000 doses of bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) to support ongoing routine immunization services throughout the country. The bivalent oral polio vaccines procured by UNICEF, with funding from the Government of Uganda, arrived at Entebbe International Airport via an Emirates Airline cargo flight. The doses, which…

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New Year’s Babies: Over 3,900 children were born in Uganda on New Year’s Day

In 2020, The Government of Uganda will invest in infrastructure and human resource capacity to improve access and quality of services for women and children

UNICEF is calling for world leaders and nations to invest in health workers with the know-how and equipment to save every newborn. UNICEF estimates that 3,916 babies were born in Uganda on New Year’s Day. Ugandan babies accounted for approximately one per cent of the estimated 392,078 babies born worldwide…

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Young people take over offices of UNICEF and Uganda Human Rights Commission as they celebrate World Children’s Day

The Kids Takeovers are part of the celebrations to mark World Children’s Day

WHAT: 18-year-old Cate Nabankema and 19-year-old Mastulla Nassaka will take over offices of the UNICEF Representative and the Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission respectively for one hour, on the eve of World Children’s Day. The Kids Takeovers are part of the celebrations to mark World Children’s Day which coincides…

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UK Government strengthens Uganda’s response to fight malaria

In Uganda, malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, kills 14 children under five years every day

The UK Government is supporting the Government of Uganda’s response to fight malaria among the most vulnerable, particularly women and children. In Uganda, malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, kills 14 children under five years every day. The five-year support worth two hundred and six billion shillings that started in…

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Nearly 1 million children in West Nile to benefit from better quality health services

New Swedish support to strengthen health system for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

With new funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), nearly one million children in West Nile, including newborns and adolescents, together with pregnant women, will soon benefit from better quality health services. “Supporting improvements in the health of children, adolescents and women, especially the most disadvantaged, is one of…