Uganda Virus Research Institute Secures Five-Year Funding Extension for HIV Research and Treatment

The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has secured a five-year grant extension, further fortifying its efforts in HIV treatment, diagnosis, and research, aligning with global endeavors to combat the HIV epidemic. Prof Pontian Kaleebu, the executive director of UVRI, announced the renewed funding at an end-of-year staff gathering officiated by Dr. Diana Atwiine, the permanent…

Ministry of Health Issues Caution Regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapies

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued a warning against the utilization of Nicotine Replacement Therapies, emphasizing that nicotine, regardless of its form or concentration, poses health risks. These therapies, which are medically sanctioned methods for addressing tobacco use disorder by administering nicotine through non-tobacco means such as gum, patches, sprays, inhalers, or lozenges, were…

UAC Aims at Mobilizing Phone Users for the Expanded One Dollar Initiative

  In the expanded One Dollar Initiative (ODI), the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) is endeavoring to secure a minimum contribution of one dollar, equivalent to approximately 4,000 Uganda Shillings, from each mobile phone user in Uganda. The aim is to generate sufficient funds to support various HIV/AIDS interventions across the country. Launched in Uganda in…

Luwero District Imposes Restrictions on Trainees Handling Patients Without Supervision

The Luwero District Administration has recently imposed a ban on medical trainees engaging in the handling and administration of treatments to patients in health centers without the direct supervision of authorized personnel. Each year, Luwero district accommodates over 200 medical students from various institutions for practical training at health centers IIIs, IVs, and Luwero hospital.…

Patient Receives First Organ Transplant at Mulago Hospital After a Two-Year Wait

Mulago National Referral Hospital successfully initiated its transplant program, marked by a triumphant kidney transplant surgery last Wednesday. Dr. Frank Asiimwe, head of the Transplant Unit, revealed that the recipient, who had been grappling with end-stage kidney disease for two years, finally underwent surgery after an extended period on dialysis. Initially, preparations for the inaugural…

Study Failure for HIV Prevention for Girls, Raises Concerns Over Program Implementation

A new study conducted by the Makerere University School of Public Health has unveiled that the substantial financial investment, amounting to billions, in social interventions aimed at safeguarding girls and young women from HIV has not yielded the desired results. The Global Fund, in an initiative to promote girls’ education, allocated a substantial sum of…

Cross-Border Travel from Uganda to Kenya for FGM Services Posing Challenges in Eradication Efforts

Activists have shed light on the persistent challenge of porous borders and cross-border relations impeding the complete eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Karamoja region. Emphasizing the need for a regionally integrated approach, they assert that tackling this age-old practice requires coordinated efforts. Speaking at a media briefing in Entebbe on Wednesday, representatives…

Infrastructure Hurdles and Floods Impede Malaria Control in Madi Okollo District

The Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) program in Ewanga Sub County, Madi Okollo district, faces significant challenges due to poor road networks and flash floods, hindering the efforts to reduce malaria in the area. In November, the district health department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, initiated the IRS exercise to combat the high malaria…

Commonwealth Recognizes Outstanding Contributions in Sustainable Energy and Youth-Led Climate Action

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, three innovators from Uganda—Michael Okao, Darius Ogwang, and Joshua Elem—secured the prestigious Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition Award for their groundbreaking solar concentrator. This technology harnesses renewable energy, specifically tailored for clean cooking solutions. The Commonwealth Secretariat, in collaboration with the governments of Fiji and Zambia,…

Medical Bureau Addresses Concerns Over High Charges by Private Not-For-Profit Hospitals

The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) has addressed public concerns regarding the high charges imposed on patients by private not-for-profit (PNFP) health facilities, despite receiving an annual government grant. Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye, the Executive Director of the Bureau, explained that many of these hospitals initially relied on donor aid, which has since ceased, leaving a…