Sunday, November 25, 2007
She was...she is***

Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!!
“Kee-sy-ky…I wanna know u more,
I have clues of your don’ts and do’s,
What should I do to make it cool?”

Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!!
“Li-l-ly…I got no idea of you,
lets walk see if I can remember,
Are you the tall-short, oh…u gat…mmhhh,
Oh…the slender-fat, your smile…ehhhh,

Can I beep then u call?”Dddrrring!!
Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!!
“K…oh…really!! Anytime is perfect,
I appreciate…listening to you…
Wisdom and truth from you…
Wanna see u so soon…”

Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!!
“Dear…time has run,
Silence defines what you feel,
“Am out mind, Oh...really!!”
I utter what I see…”

Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!!
“NO more, when will it… Dddrrring!!”

Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!! Dddrrring!!
“Let me think…”

She was...she is***

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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Kiboga: A feet from the City
Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) is here. The face of Kampala City has changed tremendously. At least some roads have been reconstructed and some re-carpeted. Hotels too, have mushroomed, and security officers are visible to ensure safety.

Last week, I decided to leave the "City Square" that is ready for CHOGM to tour Kiboga District, less than 100 kilometres from Kampala. The newly tarmacked road from Kampala to Hoima made my journey so smooth. The road was sandwiched with hills covered with vegetation and less activities beside the road.

Away from the city noise, congestion and an atmosphere less of oxygen, we drove off Hoima road through paths and I ended up in Lulongo Village in particular.

A village with a tiny trading centre of two shops with no electricity and one calling centre.

The inhabitants are a mixture of Buganda and Basongora Communities. I was informed that they all know each other because it is a small group.

A few metres, stands a protestant church made mud and thatched with grass. It serves as a school for the children on the weekdays. The school only accommodate pupils from primary one to four; above that level they walk three kilometres to get education.

I talked to the women and they poured out all their problems ranging from inaccessibility of health services to poverty. The children were smiling but their eyes did not hide pain and dissatisfaction.

Curisioty pressured me to ask if they new anything about CHOGM? The answers were summarised to “NO.”

Really, were there campaigns to make ordinary Ugandans know about CHOGM?

* A young girl who does not go to school because she has no money to buy school uniform.

*The only hope is my child.

*Have a bite.

* What an assembly.

*Take my picture.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007
Uganda:More Women die from Cervical Cancer
Ignorance, stigmatization and lack of information have resulted to an increase in cervical cancer deaths in Uganda, according to a recent research conducted at Mulago National Referral hospital.

"The upward trend originates from irregular checkups of women, stigmatization, and lack of information about causes of the disease and the nature of cervical cancer symptoms that are manifested when it is late" the report reads.

The research further shows that cervical cancer accounts for over 80% of the cancer related deaths in women with the most affected being those between 31-50 years is 60%; 4%, 21-30 years; 20%, 51-60 years; 8% 61-70 years; and 8%, 70 years.

Cervical Cancer is caused by infection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that is sexually transmitted. Though HPV has more than 40 types, the evident types in Uganda are HPV 16 and HPV 18.

HPV develops to Cervical Cancer in a period of 10-15 years.

It is estimated that, cervical cancer affects an estimate of 490,000 women worldwide each year and leads more than 270,000 deaths annually, about 85% of which are in developing countries.

In related developments, Uganda is to implement a two-year HPV vaccine demonstration in two districts in 2008 and 2009.

The pilot project targets girls aged 10-13 years as a preventive measure for five years against HPV that leads to cervical cancer.

Dr. Robin LaMontagne, PATH Country director, says, “We choose age group 10-13 years, because most are not yet subjected to sexual debut and that is where benefit of such interventions can be witnessed.”

According to World Health Organisation, HPV vaccines have shown excellent efficacy against persistent HPV infections mainly among women not exposed to the virus.

Dr. Anthony Mbonye, Assistant Commissioner, Reproductive Health, Ministry of Health, says, “After the pilot project, HPV Vaccine will be included in the routine immunisation program.”

So far, HPV vaccine pilot projects are conducted in Peru and Vietnam.

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