GOVERNMENT SEEKS DONOR FUNDING FOR NEW PANTY CONDOMS

Many at times, we are stuck with no condom as the body agitates towards the ultimate point. Thus we give in to Sexually Transmitted Infections, unwanted pregnancies and so forth. The good news is that panty condoms could save the rush hour of the day.

Speaking at 27th Science café held at Health Journalists Network in Uganda premises in Ntinda, Dr. Moses Muwonge, Director of Samasha Medical Foundation (SMF) demonstrated about the new innovation, panty condom as a prevention mechanism against Hepatitis B &C, HIV and other infections. Vastha Kibirige, National Condom Coordinator at Ministry of Health and Timothy Damulira from UHMG were also present.

 A panty condom is a V like or G-string, embedded with a softly wrapped condom on the middle part. It’s made of a polythene material and is non rubber.The middle part has an opening where the penis penetrates through the embedded condom to the virginal.The condom sleeps well on the virginal walls living room for only penetration.Hence there is no need of using your hands to dress the condom.

As a matter of fact, the embedded condom is used once and thereafter it’s pelt off from the middle part and wrapped in tissue for disposal in a suitable place like a latrine. The G-string can be kept to put on another condom, as provided for in the panty condom package or can be fashionably kept as an accessory. The G-strings are designed in all sizes and colors but it’s positioned for the corporate lady.

The panty condom comes with an extra  condom..
The panty condom comes with an extra condom.

Fortunately the panty condom is convenient in rush hours, acts as a bargaining tool for a woman in case the man has no condom. Panty condom helps in dual protection against infections/diseases and prevents conception.However besides intercourse; it doesn’t give room for fore play especially the western jazz.

Dr. Mwonge affirms that the condom will be on the market by October this year because it’s still under a London acceptability study of six months, which is done by Uganda National Council Study. “Also there is need for donor funding for the project so that we can equitably give out free panty condoms for social marketing, administer an average price for commercial.”

Kibirige says annually Uganda receives 240million condoms of men and atleast one percent of that for females. “We depend on donors like Global Fund, UNFPA for condoms. Otherwise we don’t have money for condom programming and promotions because we are updating an implementation plan on the National Strategy on condoms.”

“The public should be able to pay for the sustainability of the condom because in 2017,public sector condoms are highly used at 79% and of these 30% are wasted according to the Total Market Approach Report 2016”, Kibirige says.

According to the Total Market Approach Report 2017, the condom market is growing with 28 brands as of 2016 from 19 brands in 2011.

SMF is at the forefront of marketing and distributing the panty condom. The condom was an initiative and innovation, identified by Path under a collaborative effort and project.Panty condoms are manufactured in Colombia and registered in Germany.

 

UGANDA OUGHT TO ADOPT SAEMAUL UNDONG TO DRIVE OUT POVERTY

The government’s endless efforts to uplift the living standards of poor people as a way to drive out poverty, through development funded programs to all categories of people seem futile.

“Government has tried to invest in different groups like Entandikwa, youth livelihoods, NAADs, PMA, Nusaf 1 and others however the money from grants hasn’t made any impact due to a negative mindset and poor time management,” Jennifer Namuyango, State Minister for Local Government said this during a media café at Hotel Protea on 22 December.

 Like an old saying, two heads are better than one’; in other words we can grow together as a group as opposed to being one. Let’s us teach the public how to fish, so that they can fend for themselves for a lifetime because government can’t sustain the population by doling out money to different specialties.

The media café discussed about Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities, an indigenous solution for rural areas. Communities are able to rehabilitate village infrastructure, improve living conditions in the locality and significantly increase house hold incomes.

The guest of honor, Minister of State for Local Government, Jennifer Namuyango praised all the partners that put forward the initiative, with an aim of transforming communities to have a better life for all.

ISNC also called ‘Saemaul Undong’ in the Korean language, a new village model based on principles of diligence, self-help, and cooperation, was started in early 1970’s to develop rural communities in South Korea. Hence this has sprouted into sustained household incomes from small scale enterprises, improved sanitation and positive thinking.

Namuyango informs that government spends a lot of money that doesn’t yields to the desired goals but with the ISNC, communities come together to identify their needs so that they can solve their problems

A pilot study has been done in three districts since July 2015 in Luuka, Maracha and Kabarole after Uganda was shortlisted among the six countries at the global forum for local development in October 2013. Only $ 2million was invested that has reaped big and changed the people’s livelihoods through saving groups, vocational training, improved sanitation and others. A number of success stories were revealed from each area of beneficiary as follows;

Chairman Local Government Maracha District, Lawrence Adiga says SMU has awakened all community members through mobilization. We have been able to achieve 26 rehabilitated roads environmental protection by planting over 2000 trees, adopted Latrine coverage mechanism and established business enterprises for income generation.

Residential District Council Steven Nsubuga, natives never used to care for their children’s wellbeing because of experiencing high levels of poverty but with the eye opener from SMU, locals have been able to adopt to value chain systems in their agricultural practices so that they can take care of their families.

Urban Tugumisirize, a banana plantation owner from Bunyangabo district that was separated from Kabarole district assures that due to collective farming, we are able to export 1000 bunches of matooke (bananas) every after two days. We formed a cooperative that has 46 members and constructed a 7km feeder road to help in the transportation of our products to the main road and easy access to the markets.

The project was funded by the republic of Korea through Korea International Development Agency, United Nations Development Program and the government of Uganda.

 

A TICK FOR DATA JOURNALISM

Are Ugandan Road Accident Deaths On The Rise?

The Ministry of Transport and police disagree about whether increasing numbers of people are dying on Ugandan roads. We check the facts.

 
 

Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport claims in its 2016/17 Annual Report that 9,572 people died in road accidents in the country over the past three years. The report shows that deaths on the road are on the rise, despite interventions by the police and Uganda National Roads Authority to curb accidents.

The Uganda Police Force has not publicly released an Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety Report since 2013, but police spokesman for Uganda’s Traffic and Road Safety Directorate, Charles Ssebambulidde, told the Daily Monitor that their own data showed a decrease in road accident fatalities.

So, the question is, has the number of Ugandans who have died in road accidents gone up or down over the past three years?

 

PesaCheck has researched the issue and finds that the Transport Ministry’s claim that road accident fatalities have increased over the past three years is TRUE for the following reasons:

Official data published by the Government of Uganda shows that there have been fewer accidents overall in the country, but the number of people dying in these accidents has gone up.

The Ministry of Works and Transport notes that reports from Uganda Police indicate that by the end of December 2016, a total of 14,474 road traffic crashes had been recorded which is a decrease from 18,495 crashes recorded in 2015.

However, the fatalities (number of people dying as a result of these accidents) increased from 3,224 to 3,503 persons over the same period and the trend has been the same for the last 5 years.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 Statistical Abstract Report records similar numbers given by the Ministry Report in 2014 and 2015, and thereby corroborating the claim.

 

However, due to the fact that the Police have not released official reports over how many people in the country have died as a result of road accidents over the past three years, the Global status report on road safety 2015 categorises Uganda under countries without eligible death registration data.

A review of five years of data on road traffic accidents shows that 22,272 road traffic incidents were reported in 2011, 19,870 in 2012 and 18,368 cases in 2013. By December 2016, a total of 14,474 road traffic crashes had been recorded which is a decrease from 18,495 crashes recorded in 2015. Over the same period, the number of people dying as a result of these accidents increased from 3,224 to 3,503 persons, an upward trend that has persisted over five years.

That means that the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport’s claim and the subsequent article noting that more than 9,000 people have died in accidents since 2013 is TRUE. Based on the Ministry’s annual report, which collects data from police incident reporting, there have been fewer accidents overall, but more fatalities.

This means that the Police Spokesman’s claim of fewer fatalities could be based on the first part of this statement, but the complete picture shows that more action needs to be taken to reduce the number of fatalities experienced on Ugandan roads.