Researchers call for roll out of long-acting HIV injectable treatments in low income countries

Researchers attending the International Conference on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis and Prevention Research in Resource – Limited Settings (INTEREST) have called for a quick introduction to the Long-Acting HIV treatment to give options to people struggling with adherence to daily medication. Dr. Andrew Kambugu, the Executive Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), says that they…

Experts call for routine cervical cancer screening for HIV women in Family Planning Clinics

Two thirds of women living with HIV in Uganda have never been screened for cervical cancer, preliminary results from a study by Makerere University School of Public Health says. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its 2021 new edition of guidelines on screening and treatment to prevent cervical cancer said screening should be prioritised for women living…

Uganda: 18 years and below can’t enrol for health courses in vocational institutions

With the increasing number of young learners leaving O’level, the Ministry of Education and Sports has cautioned against enrolling those below 18-years of age into health training institutions. Available information indicates that many students are completing the Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE between 14 and 15 years of age.  After passing English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology,…

Fourteen People still Succumb to Malaria Daily Despite High Bed Net Coverage

With fourteen to sixteen people still succumbing to malaria every day, the Ministry of Health (MOH) signed a new $40 million worth grant on Friday to popularize malaria prevention strategies in communities where prevalence is still very high. Dr. Jimmy Opigo who heads the Malaria Control programme in the ministry told journalists that unlike before…

Long distances affect access to cancer screening for women in Busoga region

Women in the Busoga region want screening for both Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer extended to lower health facilities. They say that the lack of screening services has left many women to die silently without intervention. At Jinja regional Hospital, breast and cervical cancer screening is conducted weekly clinic on Wednesdays. Suspected cancer cases from the…

Think of Uganda private health sector providers as partners not profit centres – says Kiwanuka

Uganda private healthcare providers want a mindset shift perception about them from a profit centre to a partner in providing health care.  Speaking to Health Journalists Network members during a boot camp held in Kampala, Grace Kiwanuka Ssali, the Executive Director of Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF) an umbrella body for private health providers said the private…