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UGANDA: Meningitis outbreak kills 16 in north
23 March 2012 (IRIN ), At least 16 people have died in a meningitis epidemic in two districts in northern Uganda over the past three weeks, say health officials.
SECURITY: Cracking open the LRA to better eliminate it
21 March 2012 (IRIN ), After seven years held captive by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), 16-year-old Apiyo Tabisa’s release five months ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along with a dozen or so others was as sudden as her abduction from Uganda.
UGANDA: Higher HIV rate cause for concern
21 March 2012 (IRIN ), Uganda's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has risen from 6.4 percent to 6.7 percent, according to a recently released national AIDS Indicator Survey.
DRC-UGANDA: Congolese refugees hail Lubanga verdict
19 March 2012 (IRIN ), Congolese refugees in Oruchinga camp, southwestern Uganda, have welcomed the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) guilty verdict against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader Thomas Lubanga. Some of the refugees are survivors of attacks by Lubanga’s forces. On March 14, Lubanga was convicted of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to take part in hostilities.
SECURITY: Fighting Kony with beer, spy planes and YouTube
15 March 2012 (IRIN ), It is just before noon in the village of Limayi in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Half a dozen empty beer bottles lie scattered at the feet of five Congolese soldiers lounging in easy chairs beneath a mango tree. A freshly opened bottle is propped-up against an automatic assault rifle lying in the dust.
UGANDA: Rwandan refugees still reluctant to repatriate
14 March 2012 (IRIN ), Thousands of Rwandan refugees living in Uganda remain unwilling to return home, citing a fear of persecution, despite the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) invocation of a clause ending their refugee status.
UGANDA: Cholera warning as heavy rains predicted
9 March 2012 (IRIN ), A cholera outbreak in Uganda that has claimed eight lives among 280 cases since 14 February could escalate as predicted heavy rains are likely to lead to flooding, the Health Minister warned.
UGANDA: Land row delays resettlement of Congolese refugees
7 March 2012 (IRIN ), The continued arrival of refugees fleeing post-election violence and militia activities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in western Uganda, and the government’s efforts to resettle them, have created a land row that has already cost the life of a government official.
UGANDA: Tackling nodding disease
6 March 2012 (IRIN ), At a compound in La Orogali, a village in Pader district, northern Uganda, a dejected, frail 10-year-old girl sits helplessly. She has been diagnosed with nodding disease, a mysterious ailment characterized by seizures, nodding of the head, mental retardation and stunting, which affects thousands of children in the region, leading the government to draw up a wide-ranging response plan.
HEALTH: Malaria stunts foetal growth
6 March 2012 (IRIN ), Malaria infection during the earliest months of pregnancy stunts foetal growth even when the mothers do not have any malarial symptoms, according to a large-scale study conducted along the Thai-Burmese border.

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