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The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that Universal health coverage can only be achieved when there is affordable access to safe, effective and quality medicines and health products. Countries face a range of obstacles to achieving this, including rising prices for new medicines, shortages and stockouts of essential medicines, especially for non-communicable diseases, and the […]

In an unexpected turn of events during the festive season, President Yoweri Museveni and the First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, faced a health challenge that has become all too familiar in recent times. After a family lunch on Christmas day, Janet Kataaha began experiencing a throat sensation described as “kukarakaatwa” or a sandy feeling. Despite […]

Health is the biggest wealth that any human being can have in their entire life. But access to quality health services is a huge challenge globally with most people in Africa and Asia unable to get dignified healthcare. But, some steps are being taken to address these glaring health services disparities. While governments, the private […]

In a move that is already being hailed as a game changer in Uganda’s health sector, My Doctor, a trailblazing telemedicine service provider, has announced a landmark partnership with none other than the national kickboxing icon, Golola Moses. Known for his sporting prowess and larger-than-life persona, Moses will lend his considerable influence and popularity to […]

Antenatal care is one service pregnant women struggle to seek. Many expectant mothers actually wait to first get a pregnancy complication to go for antenatal monitoring. They just hate the inconvenience of visiting the hospital every now and then. But what if this service was digitized? When Divinah Twinomujuni was pregnant last year, she went […]

Malaria is the leading cause of ill health/morbidity in Uganda and is responsible for up to 40% of all outpatients’ visits, 20% of all hospital admissions, and 10% of all hospital deaths. It costs a family at least 32,000(US$9) per episode of malaria. 95% of the Ugandan population is at risk, with Malaria killing between […]

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a Food Safety Testing Laboratory for Northern Region based in Gulu. The Equipment for the Laboratory was donated by VODP through Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) funded by the Danish Government.   According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the […]

The Democratic Republic of Congo has entered the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, health officials in the country have announced. The head of the technical secretariat of the response against the Covid-19, Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe announced that DR Congo is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. This was made known in the bulletin of […]

Following the first lab tests of the new Omicron variant in South Africa suggesting that it can partially evade the Pfizer jab, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that the vaccines should work against the variant. Researchers say there was a “very large drop” in how well the vaccine’s (Pfizer) antibodies neutralized the new strain. […]

This year’s commemoration of World AIDS Day occurs in a complicated terrain where essential services have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the theme “End Inequality, End AIDS. End pandemic” this day is more than a call for a balance in health interventions to give all patients the chance to have equitable access to […]