Highlights of coverage from the end of the Montreal AIDS 2022 conference and post-conference

 By AVAC team AVAC’s Look Back at Montreal  Racism, and colonialism Daily Maverick (South Africa) reports on the protest at the opening session: Activists took over the stage at the opening of the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal, Canada, last week to protest against the refusal of visas to hundreds of delegates, primarily from Africa,…

People with disabilities ask for inclusion in Covid-19 mass vaccination exercises

By Shiprah Kwagala Leaders for People With Disabilities-PWDS have asked the Covid-19 task forces for inclusion in mass vaccination campaigns. After over a year since the government embarked on championing a drive for vaccination against Covid-19, leaders of people with disabilities are worried that a number of their colleagues remain unvaccinated because of different challenges linked…

Let’s talk food insecurity and why: US and Russia officials in Uganda

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Greenfield Linda has said her visit to Uganda this week is aimed at having a conversation with African countries on how to overcome the skyrocketing food prices. Greenfield Linda’s visit comes at the heels of Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov who visited uganda recently. But she says…

Uganda: Expedite passing the reviewed breastfeeding regulations to protect babies rights

A Uganda based non-profit has filed a constitutional petition challenging the government’s inaction on regulating work places and breastfeeding. Their petition highlights gaps in the legal regime affecting the ability of mothers to breastfeed their babies for the recommended six months of exclusive breast milk. David Kabanda, the Executive Director Center for Food and Adequate…

USD $7.4 Million for Vaccination Action Network to bolster Covid-19 vaccine demand in Africa

A USD$7.4 million Vaccination Action Network (VAN) has been launched by the Rockefeller Foundation for sub Saharan Africa. VAN will be locally-led, peer-to-peer learning initiative designed to engage public health decision-makers across sub-Saharan Africa and bolster their efforts to strengthen health systems while scaling up Covid-19 vaccine demand strategies.  The network is already connecting ministry of…

Ugandans breathe a sigh of relief after Parliament revisits mandatory vaccination stand

By Shiprah Kwagala A day after legislators rejected a government proposal for mandatory vaccination of adults, local people have expressed a sigh of relief.  This comes at a time when the government has been leading a drive for vaccination against Covid-19 for over a year and Parliament had attempted to pass legislation that required mandatory…

US Centre for Disease Control Investment in Uganda Worthwhile says Walensky

After a three day visit, Director of U.S, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says there has been a return on investment to Uganda’s health sector. The CDC also committed to continue to support Uganda’s efforts to scale up border health systems. Dr. Walensky was at the CDC offices inside Uganda Virus Research Institute…

Regional referral hospital staff facing predatory loans

In the latest audit report released by the Auditor General John Muwanga for the financial year 2020/2021, show that UGX 511.42 million Shillings was wrongly deducted from salaries and savings of employees in five regional referral hospitals who are mostly health workers. Investigators into this matter suspect that senior hospital administrators connive with financial institutions to…