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SECURITY: A quick reaction force moulded by Africa's circumstances
9 May 2012 (IRIN ), Africa’s crises are both honing and stalling the formation of the African Standby Force (ASF) of the African Union (AU) - a quick reaction force that could eventually number about 30,000 troops to be deployed in a range of scenarios, from peacekeeping to direct military intervention.
UGANDA: Combining safe riding on a motorcycle taxi with safe sex
3 May 2012 (IRIN ), It's Saturday night and Jaffari Musoke*, who rides a 'boda boda' - motorcycle taxi - arrives at his regular stage, or departure point, near several hotels in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. He has an easy camaraderie with the sex workers who hang around the hotels, taking many of them home after a night's work. Sometimes he mixes business with pleasure.
UGANDA: Inadequate healthcare and rising HIV prevalence in Karamoja
30 April 2012 (IRIN ), The nomadic Karimojong ethnic group, once regarded as a low-risk HIV population because regional instability in northeastern Uganda and strong adherence to their culture kept them relatively isolated, have not been a priority on the country's HIV agenda, but recent statistics show prevalence among this community is now 5.8 percent, up from 3.5 percent five years ago.
EAST AFRICA: Regional HIV Bill passed without criminalization clause
27 April 2012 (IRIN ), East Africa's Legislative Assembly has passed a regional HIV/AIDS Bill that seeks to protect the rights of people living with HIV and harmonize regional legislation and policy on the prevention and treatment of HIV.
UGANDA: Land disputes threaten northern peace
19 April 2012 (IRIN ), Inter-communal disputes over land and the allocation of land to private investors for cultivation, could threaten peace in parts of northern Uganda, warn officials.
SECURITY: Talking truth to power
19 April 2012 (IRIN ), On the surface it had all the trappings of a gathering of current and former heads of state: Legions of presidential bodyguards speaking into their sleeves, electronic security at every entrance, rooftop snipers, road closures and a small army of waiters serving snacks and coffee on the banks of Ethiopia’s Lake Tana.
In Brief: Uganda overstretched by DRC refugee influx
16 April 2012 (IRIN ), Ugandan officials say they are struggling to cope with a continuing influx of civilians fleeing violence in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
AFRICA: Co-trimoxazole discontinuation linked to increased malaria
11 April 2012 (IRIN ), Abruptly discontinuing co-trimoxazole - an antibiotic used to prevent opportunistic infections in HIV-positive people - can lead to a higher incidence of malaria and diarrhoea compared with patients who keep on taking the drug, a new study has found.
UGANDA: Deaf demand inclusion in HIV programmes
2 April 2012 (IRIN ), Leaders of the deaf community in Uganda say the government's HIV programmes have failed them because their special needs are not taken into consideration.
UGANDA: HIV services in western refugee camps overwhelmed
29 March 2012 (IRIN ), Health workers manning five health centres in two refugee camps in the southwestern Ugandan district of Isingiro say they are overwhelmed by the high number of refugees and local residents in need of HIV services.

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