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CLIMATE CHANGE: Cassava key to food security, say scientists
20 June 2012 (IRIN ), An alliance of scientists has been formed to help promote cassava, which has emerged as a "survivor" crop able to thrive in the expected higher temperatures engendered by climate change, a scientific conference in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, heard.
UGANDA: Money for 100,000 new ARV patients in the budget
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), Uganda's Ministry of Health will enrol 100,000 more people infected with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment in the 2012/13 financial year, Minister of Finance Maria Kiwanuka announced in her budget speech on 14 June.
AFRICA: Donor fatigue forces WFP to cut refugee rations
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has halved food rations to refugees living in camps in at least four African countries citing a funding shortfall.
UGANDA: Lack of funding stalls ex-combatants' reintegration
18 June 2012 (IRIN ), A Ugandan government programme to reintegrate more than 26,000 former armed rebels has stalled as a result of poor funding, leaving thousands of ex-combatants with few means of earning a living.
UGANDA: Activists to pursue maternal health case against government
15 June 2012 (IRIN ), A petition backed by over 50 NGOs and charging Uganda's government with failing to prevent the deaths of expectant mothers was thrown out by the constitutional court on 5 June, but the petition's supporters plan to appeal.
UGANDA: Florence Ayot, "My children are always reminded that their father is a notorious rebel commander"
14 June 2012 (IRIN ), When Florence Ayot escaped from the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in 2005 after over 15 years in captivity, she was overjoyed to be free, but the seven years she has been back have been more than difficult - most of her family is dead and the local community has been hostile to her and her children.
UGANDA: LRA victims rap compensation delay
13 June 2012 (IRIN ), Jennifer Abalo struggles to support two of her own and two of her late sister's children. She lost her father, sister and two of her children to Lord's Resistance Army violence between 1998 and 2004, but like thousands of other victims she has never received any compensation, despite government promises.
UGANDA: Government should support new workplace HIV policy
13 June 2012 (IRIN ), The government needs to actively support a recently launched East Africa HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy or it will not achieve the goals of fighting stigma and promoting non-discrimination in the public sector.
UGANDA: Urgent funding needed to stem devastating banana wilt
12 June 2012 (IRIN ), Lack of funding has stalled a campaign to eliminate a deadly bacterial banana wilt disease that has spread to "worrying levels" in Uganda, threatening the food security of up to 14 million consumers of bananas as a staple food, say scientists.
UGANDA: Government accused of negligence over nodding disease
11 June 2012 (IRIN ), Two lawsuits have been filed against the Ugandan government for alleged negligence in the handling of nodding disease which has killed at least 200 children since 2009 and currently affects 3,500 others, according to the Ministry of Health.

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