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Uganda ill-prepared for a major earthquake
5 July 2013 (IRIN ), Three moderate earthquakes shook Uganda's Albertine region this week, causing little damage but raising concern about the quake-prone country's preparedness in the event of major seismic activity.
Planning for non-surgical male circumcision
3 July 2013 (IRIN ), In May, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced the prequalification of PrePex, the first non-surgical device for adult male circumcision. Compared to surgical circumcision, the device has fewer complications and is easier and quicker to use, allowing lower-cadre medical workers to be trained to perform the procedure.
Uganda's nodding syndrome centres low on drugs, food
24 June 2013 (IRIN ), As scientists continue to search for the cause of and cure for nodding syndrome - a debilitating condition that causes seizures and stunting in children - health centres say they need better funding to continue to feed and treat those affected.
The high cost of hunger in Uganda
20 June 2013 (IRIN ), Malnutrition costs Uganda an estimated US$899 million annually - as much as 5.6 percent of its GDP - according to findings of a new report.
M23 Kampala talks set to resume
20 June 2013 (IRIN ), Delegates representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the rebel M23 are back in Kampala, Uganda, for a fresh round of peace talks, but analysts say that unless both sides are fully committed to the negotiations, a political solution to the crisis in the DRC’s North Kivu Province is unlikely.
Ugandan mHealth initiative increases 'promiscuity'
17 June 2013 (IRIN ), A mobile phone-based health programme designed to improve access to sexual health information and boost safe sex in rural central Uganda had the opposite effect, according to the findings of a Yale University study published in May.
Uganda running out of ARVs, HIV test kits
12 June 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda has run out of most antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), HIV testing kits, drugs to treat opportunistic infections and several crucial diagnostic tools for HIV care, according to a recent Ministry of Health stock status report.
Uganda grapples with critical blood shortage
7 June 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda is struggling to resolve a countrywide shortage of blood caused by interruptions in the supply of blood donor kits and testing reagents.
Despite decade of innovation, much left to do on neglected tropical diseases
6 June 2013 (IRIN ), Ten years ago, the main treatment for kala azar - a disease that kills up to 40,000 people every year - was a 30-day course of injections, a difficult undertaking both for patients and for the poorly equipped health centres in the remote areas where many cases of the disease occur. Today, combination therapy has cut the treatment period to 17 days in some affected areas, but scientists and health officials continue to work towards developing a simple pill that would replace painful injections and further ease treatment.
Analysis: AU prepares its shock troops
31 May 2013 (IRIN ), A newly sanctioned African Union (AU) force for quick deployment in conflicts such as in Mali is being promoted as a stop-gap measure ahead of the planned formation of the “rapid deployment capability” (RDC) African Standby Force (ASF).

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