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Beyond free school feeding in Uganda's northeast
13 February 2013 (IRIN ), With food aid programmes in Uganda's northeastern region of Karamoja once again under threat from declining financial aid, experts are calling for more sustainable solutions to the region's food security challenges.
Analysis: Girl child soldiers face new battles in civilian life
12 February 2013 (IRIN ), Girl child soldiers are often thought of only as “sex slaves”, a term that glosses over the complex roles many play within armed groups and in some national armies. This thinking contributes to their subsequent invisibility in the demobilization processes - in fact, girls are frequently the most challenging child soldiers to rehabilitate.
Ugandan authorities concerned as HIV self-test kits hit the market
6 February 2013 (IRIN ), The sale of HIV test kits to the public by private chemists in Uganda is causing concern among health officials, who feel that HIV testing should remain in the hands of professionals and be accompanied by counselling.
Uganda's immunization programme needs a shot in the arm
5 February 2013 (IRIN ), Inadequate funding, a shortage of health staff and poor adherence to vaccination schedules are some of the reasons for declining immunization levels in Uganda, which experts say threatens efforts to reduce preventable deaths among children.
Uganda begins rollout of provider-initiated HIV testing
30 January 2013 (IRIN ), All people who seek treatment in health centres in Uganda will be offered HIV testing and counselling under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment.
Analysis: Cash-strapped ICC takes on Mali
29 January 2013 (IRIN ), Concerns are being raised that the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into alleged war crimes in Mali is placing a serious strain on an already over-stretched and cash-strapped institution.
Ugandan HIV campaign targets "cheaters"
23 January 2013 (IRIN ), A new Ugandan HIV-prevention campaign that frankly addresses sexual infidelity is generating heated debate over the direction the country's HIV strategy should take.
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).
Rehabilitation centre for Uganda’s LRA returnees to close
18 January 2013 (IRIN ), One of the only two remaining reception centres in northern Uganda helping reintegrate former members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is threatened with closure. This would greatly reduce psychosocial support available to those directly involved - often as a result of abduction - in one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts.
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.

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