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Law coming on surrogacy

Movers cite increasing rate of infertility among men and reproductive complications among women | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | Uganda is witnessing an increasing rate of infertility among men and complications that render women incapable of carrying a pregnancy, according to MPs pushing for a Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill. Tororo …

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Terror attacks vs economic recovery

Economic recovery could be negatively impacted but that will depend on how the government handles the situation, experts say | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s economic recovery could backtrack due to the current terror threats and compounded Covid-19 hit, but experts believe, the government can still manage the situation. The country …

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Nigeria’s digital currency

What the eNaira is for and why it’s not perfect Nigeria recently became the first African country to introduce a digital currency. It joins the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in being among the first jurisdictions in the world to roll out national digital currencies. The Conversation Africa’s …

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INTERVIEW: Africa’s first mRNA vaccine

Technology transfer hub gets to work The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the COVID Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative announced in mid-2021 that they were working with a consortium to establish the first COVID messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine technology transfer hub on the African continent, in South Africa. The Conversation …

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COVID cost for children

What happened when they stopped going to school? | CONRAD HUGHES | The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schools and universities across the world. UNESCO figures state that the worldwide average time lost due to COVID-19 related school closures has been two thirds of an academic year. In Africa there have …

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ARTS: Leilah Babirye

Artist reclaims her sexuality | THE INDEPENDENT | New York-based Ugandan artist Leilah Babirye’s hand-carved wood and ceramic sculptures—many of them figures and faces inspired by African masks that seek to expore the diversity of LGBTQI identities—have captured the attention of the international art world.  The 36-year old went abroad …

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Herbal skin treatments

Makerere University scientists give traditionalists a boost | THE INDEPENDENT | An organic research group at Makerere University Kampala has embarked on testing the safety, quality and efficacy of herbal remedies in a bid to ensure that only those found safe and effective are used. The group from the university’s …

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