Uganda

Operation Health for Comic Relief Is the First Time I've Taken on a Deliberate Challenge

Gonza Kagwa | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Gonza Kagwa

It was late last year when I heard about Operation Health for Comic Relief. Putting aside the obvious question "How on Earth did they get my number?" I was immediately paralysed by the size and the timescales of the project. Renovating a dilapidated health centre in rural Uganda in just nine weeks sounded ambitious, but I was immediately sold and knew I had to be a part of it.

Operation Health for Comic Relief: The Positivity I Experienced in Uganda is Completely Infectious

Yasmin Evans | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Yasmin Evans

Before leaving the UK I had an idea of what to expect, but I never could have imagined how much of an impact the people would have on me. The positivity I experienced in Uganda is completely infectious and the individuals that I met had the biggest smiles, the biggest hearts. 

Without Enough Inspired Nurses There Will Be a Decline in Basic Healthcare Provisions in Uganda

Martha Amoo | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Martha Amoo

I was one of the lucky ones. I was born into a supportive family that could afford to give me an education. There are 32 nursing schools in Uganda but tuition fees and lack of opportunities mean many young girls are unable to follow in my footsteps.

'Operation Health' Has Given Me Hope Again

Francis Odokodit | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Francis Odokodit

Simply put - the clinic is not fit for humans. We have rats on the floor, bats in the ceiling and nowhere near enough space for the 1,400 patients that seek our help each month. Consultations on the floor or in the corridor are common practice and with no space to exercise quarantine controls, the risk of cross-contamination amongst patients is high...

You've Got All That Lived Experience - But Have You Ever Thought of Doing This?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Liberty Forrest

The Toyota Landcruiser bounced along the potholed back road in Uganda, its occupants hoping for safe passage to their destination. That seemed questio...

World Gifts Create a Buzz This Christmas

Ben Price | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

Greener than many of its neighbours, and home to both the highest mountain range in Africa and the source of the mighty Nile, Winston Churchill famously described Uganda as the 'Pearl of Africa'. Unlike much of the country, however, due to its harsh climate and low annual rainfall, the Karamoja region is predominantly a semi-arid plain - causing many problems for the communities who live there.

15 and Learning to Speak - Patrick's Story

Kiki King | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Kiki King

Neither director Daniel Bogado or I could have ever imagined we would witness such a pure moment of sudden realisation and transformation when we set out for Uganda to make this Unreported World documentary for Channel 4.

Jessica Elgot

'If Ebola Was Happening In The West, The Cure Would Have Been Found'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK

All Africans are being unfairly stigmatised because of Ebola, with the Western world feeling more entitled to high standards on care than victims on t...

Something to Smile About, One Act of Kindness at a Time

Milton Jones | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Milton Jones

Emotionally I'm way out of my depth. I'm just a smart-alec comedian who wants to try and help. (Or do I just like the idea?) Now the teenagers have trickled back, cheated of innocence and bringing with them their trauma and children born in slavery. Some seem dead behind the eyes, but physically alert and ready to fight or run at a moment's notice. Soon after we arrive I'm asked to entertain about 80 youths, who don't speak English and have been waiting two hours in the sun for 'the internationally famous comedian' to make them laugh. This could go wrong.

This Guy Can't Handle Oculus Rift

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech

Oculus Rift may be the future of virtual reality but even in its now advanced state it can be a little too much to handle for some. At a community ...

13 Pictures Of Brave Ugandans Defying Anti-Gay Laws

Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Ugandans can face a barrage of discrimination and sometimes violence in their everyday lives, but scores of the...

Securing the Right to Motherhood in Uganda: International Women's Initiative's Safe Birthing Project.

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Vanessa Thevathasan

Although progress has been made, given that between 2000-2010 neonatal mortality decreased from 32 to 26 deaths per thousand live births (2.2% per year) (Mbonye et al 2012), more needs to be done if Uganda is to meet its MDG 5 commitments.

Police Arrest Pair Suspected Of 'Procuring' 11-Year-Old For FGM

PA | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK

Two people have been arrested for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM). A 72-year-old man was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport...

Time to Act on LGBT Rights in Africa

Kevin Watkins | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Kevin Watkins

In a taped recording he left to be played in the event of his assassination, Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official, left a message for our times. "All young people," he said, "regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment to achieve their full potential." Nowhere is the world further from that goal than in Africa.

If You Give a Man a Loan You Feed Him an Incentive

Milton Jones | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Milton Jones

Another month, another comedian goes out to Africa... Thus far I respond to human suffering with my head not heart. I'm a professional and cynical observer of life after all, aren't I? Well I've brought my wife and daughter as human shields - they can shed tears for me. We're escorted by the director of a small charity, and a photographer.

An Opportunity to Celebrate the Achievements of Deafblind People Around the World

James Thornberry | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Being deafblind anywhere in the world is a challenge that requires specialist support. However in the developing world being born without sight or hearing can have a devastating impact on your life...

The Ugandan University Forcing Female Students To Take Random Pregnancy Tests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A university in Uganda is forcing its female students to take random pregnancy tests, and expelling those who are pregnant. Bishop Barham College i...

Call Me Kuchu: Being Gay in Uganda Means Death by Stoning

Carina Maggar | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Carina Maggar

Every day in Uganda gay people are subjected to all kinds of physical violence; burning and stoning are common acts of discrimination. They believe that homosexuality belongs in the same category as pedophilia, rape, murder and terrorism. In fact, Al-Qaeda is mentioned several times in the film.

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

From Hero to Zero: Uganda Fails Its HIV Test, and What We Should Do About It

Gerry Kearns | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gerry Kearns

HIV Prevalence in Uganda, 1990-2012. Source of data. UNAIDS Openness and Success At the turn of this century, Uganda was widely praised for its ...

A Tale of Three Women: The Fight for Gender Equality in Uganda

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

For a woman living in a tiny rural village to speak with such empowerment properly merits the use of the word inspiring. A local male youth once told me that it "cannot be possible" for a man to stay home whilst a woman works and that it is "exactly!" right that a "man is higher than a woman".

Stoning Gays to Death? Life in Prison for Being LGBT? Britain Cannot Stay Silent Any Longer

Dr Purna Sen | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Dr Purna Sen

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in London this week as the honoured guest of the Commonwealth Business Council. Yet just 10 weeks ago President Museveni made it punishable by life imprisonment to be a lesbian or gay man in his country. Anybody daring even to speak up for the rights of LGBT citizens can now go to jail for seven years.

Jessica Elgot

Minister Met Ugandan President On The Same Day Two Gay Ugandans Faced Life In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

The government has been criticised for hosting the president of Uganda at a prestigious business forum, on the same day two Ugandan men face life-impr...

From UK To Uganda: Youth Exchange With Benefits

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

As Uganda has the second youngest population in the world, youth groups which can educate people about issues such as sexual health and professional development couldn't be more relevant. In 2012 78% of the Ugandan population were below 30 years of age...

The Frantic Desire for Life That Thrives at the Heart of Every Calamity: Rwanda, Twenty Years On

Alastair Roderick | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The genocide ultimately reminded the world that Africa is still part of the geostrategic calculation - of which Rwanda's migration from Francosphere to Anglosphere is merely totemic...