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China’s daring mission to grab Moon rocks

Chang’e-5 will be the first Chinese craft to bring back lunar material to Earth | THE INDEPENDENT | On Tuesday Nov.24, the Chinese spacecraft Chang’e-5 launched off the coast of Hainan Island in southern China at 4.30 a.m. local time (11.30 p.m. Ugandan time). Chang’e-5 blasted off from Wenchang Satellite …

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COVID-19 vaccine trials in Africa

What’s promising and what’s problematic | BENJAMIN KAGINA | Senior Research Officer, Vaccines For Africa Initiative, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town Scientists are working around the clock to develop and test vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Experts agree that widespread use of safe and …

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Fighting HIV/AIDs

Discrimination and stigma still a challenge Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA |  Every year on December 1, the world marks World AIDs Day. In Uganda, it has happened for close to the 37 years, but HIV remains of one the country’sheaviest burden among infectious diseases causing both death and long-term …

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Treating HIV/AIDS in Uganda

Why shifting task from doctors to nurses without a policy should end Kampala, Uganda | HENRY ZAKUMUMPA | In the years after the “slim disease” or HIV was first recognised in southwestern Uganda in 1982, access to treatment was for a privileged few. At the time, only a handful of …

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Uganda Fintech entrepreneur gets US$30m funding

Ham Serunjogi’s Chipper Cash targets expansion across Africa | THE INDEPENDENT | African fintech startup Chipper Cash is once again in the money markets news; this time for securing a US$30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions — the personal venture capital …

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Embedded insurance a game changer to the industry

Bancassurance has recorded Shs52bn for the three quarters of this year ending Sep.30 Kampala, Uganda | ISAAC KHISA | Embedded insurance model is turning out to be one of the most viable options of selling insurance services to customers as the country strives to increase insurance coverage and deepen penetration. People …

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Bobi Wine’s next move

He has already changed the Ugandan opposition. Can he change the government? | SAM WILKINS AND RICHARD VOKES | Just three weeks into his official campaign for the Ugandan presidency, Ugandan musician and parliamentarian Robert Kyagulanyi (better known by his stage name Bobi Wine) had already been arrested twice. The …

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Gen. Elly Tumwine

 TUMWINE: The face of UPDF violence Kampala, Uganda | MUBATSI ASINJA HABATI | Uganda’s Minister of Security, General Elly Tumwine, is famed for having fired the first bullet that set the war that brought President Yoweri Museveni to power. For 30 years he has been perpetually representing the country’s military, the …

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