Tool of warfare and African social crisis: the epidemic of gender-based violence — an interview with Catherine Akurut

So widespread is gender-based violence in African societies and so deleterious the effects on the many victims that the crime can be considered a public health issue. Catherine Akurut, an IOA consultant and conflict resolution practitioner based in Uganda, calls gender-based violence in Africa an “epidemic.” Gender-based violence is not restricted to conflict zones; and indeed some militaries use gender-based violence as a weapon of sorts, sanctioning and perhaps ordering soldiers to commit rape and…

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Putting boda bodas to work as ambulances in rural Uganda

Putting boda bodas to work as ambulances in rural Uganda

  Using Public transport services in Uganda, can mean taking a ride on the infamous motorcycle taxis commonly known as boda boda, which often don’t respect any traffic rules in the country’s capital, Kampala. But in some rural communities, the motorbikes are better known for providing a life-saving emergency health service in the form of ambulances. Patience Atuhaire took a trip to see them in action in Mukono District, east of Kampala. Source: BBC Focus…

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How Merck Is Helping To Remove The Stigma Towards Infertile Women Across Africa

How Merck Is Helping To Remove The Stigma Towards Infertile Women Across Africa

By Esther Nakkazi A lot of women in Uganda and other developing countries carry the social burden of a couple’s failure to have children with them. Childless African women are discriminated, ostracised and stigmatised when a couple fails to have children, even when sometimes the man is to blame. Men are rarely blamed when a couple is childless. The men also go on rampage to find other women who can bear for them children or…

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