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In Brief: Staples, not export crops, key to tackling Africa’s poverty – report
18 January 2013 (IRIN ), Africa could reduce its poverty levels faster by focusing more on the production of staples rather than export crops, according to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The urban challenge for refugees
9 January 2013 (IRIN ), Sequestering refugees in rural camps is no longer the norm: The most recent estimates indicate that almost half of refugees flock to urban areas and just one third to rural camps, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). But while agencies are adjusting their approaches, they are still struggling to match their response with their policies.
Peace restored, but northern Uganda’s children still struggle
9 January 2013 (IRIN ), It has been years since northern Uganda's children had to troop to town centres at night for safety from abduction by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and most have moved on from the crowded displacement camps where they were born. But while they can sleep at night and look forward to a peaceful future, their lives are rarely easy.
HIV/AIDS: Uganda still behind on ARV target
7 January 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda continues to fall short of achieving its goal of ensuring that 80 percent of people living with HIV receive antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 2015, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC).
Analysis: From emergency aid to early recovery in northern Uganda
2 January 2013 (IRIN ), Fleets of NGO-owned 4x4s crisscross northern Uganda, as they did during the region’s two-decade war, but now, rather than provide emergency relief, they are supporting economic activities for hundreds of thousands of formerly displaced people.
UGANDA: Aid cuts threaten vital public services
17 December 2012 (IRIN ), Hundreds of millions of dollars in donor aid have been withheld from Uganda in recent months, threatening post-war rehabilitation in the northern region and key public investments across the country.
Analysis: New law fails to ease oil concerns in Uganda
13 December 2012 (IRIN ), Uganda's parliament recently passed a law to govern the exploration, development and production of the country's estimated three billion barrels of oil, a resource whose extraction will directly affect the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.
UGANDA: Nnalongo Nakabuye, "Taking the drugs without food is taking yourself to the grave"
11 December 2012 (IRIN ), In October, a report by the Uganda AIDS Commission revealed that the country’s fishing community - considered one of the groups most at risk of contracting HIV - had inadequate access to life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). As of June 2012, just 948 of 6,225 fisherfolk in need of ARVs were receiving the drugs.
IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.
UGANDA: Profiles of infidelity, HIV vulnerability
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), Married or cohabiting couples are at a higher risk of HIV infection in Uganda than their single counterparts, with some studies finding that as many as 65 percent of new infections occur in long-term relationships. The prevailing culture, a hybrid of traditional mores and more modern, western values, accepts - even expects - men, and increasingly women, to have a "side dish" - a euphemism for a sexual affair.

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