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The bitter truth about quinine

By Flavia Nassaka Health workers say continued use of discontinued malaria drug is because of limited supplies. But that is only part of the story. Quinine can be a troublesome drug. Maria Nalubega, a senior nursing officer, is quite familiar with that. She still uses the discontinued drug to treat …

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Children, cancer, and courage

By Flavia Nassaka Uganda’s only pediatric oncologist speaks out on her challenges and how the clinic could turn around treatment Barely five minutes into the interview, Dr.  Joyce Balagadde Kambugu checks her watch.  It’s 5pm when most office workers’ retire but she has another appointment in the next couple of …

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Side effects of fasting for three days

By the Indepenent Team There have been reports lately that sound an awful lot like pseudoscience: that fasting for an extended time, two days or longer, can reset your immune system and provide other health benefits. Your friends and colleagues could be announcing that they are going on a 3-day …

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Secret of the vaginal ring

By Flavia Nassaka Woman reveals why she didn’t tell her husband about participation in a research that could finally give women HIV protection they can control Call her Margret Nakamya. She had nursed a HIV/AIDS patient before. And when the 32-year old describes what she went through taking care of …

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Malaria, HIV funding

By Flavia Nassaka Global Fund CCM says there’s low absorption, Ministry says all is well On Feb.01, the Ministry of Health released yet another statement on malaria outbreak in Northern Uganda saying the number of people testing positive for severe malaria was increasing again.  According to the statement, malaria had …

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Ugandans shouldn’t fear Zika virus

By Flavia Nassaka The Zika strain spreading in America is of Asian origin Ziika forest reserve along the Kampala-Entebbe Highway has until recently been relatively unknown. But Gerald Mukisa, a guide at the forest says that is quickly changing since it was revealed that the Zika virus behind the outbreak …

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More young people dying of HIV

By Flavia Nassaka Experts say better targeted messages can cause behaviour change On December 23, when most people were preparing to celebrate Christmas, Teopista Mbabazi, was in agony.  The 42-year woman was burying her only daughter. She was only 17-years old and had died of AIDS.She told The Independent that …

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