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Know your rights as a patient

By Flavia Nassaka Ask questions and demand answers from your doctor Robinah Kaitiritimba, the Executive Director of Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organisation (UNHCO) is helping those whose rights have allegedly been violated seek justice but she is faced with a tough situation – gathering proof.   Earlier in the year, the …

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Insurance body cracks whip

By Isaac Khisa Insurers warn on IRA-U’s new guidelines on health insurance Uganda’s move to introduce new guidelines in the medical segment of the insurance industry are likely to hurt the growth of Health Membership Organizations, as the country moves to streamline their operations. The new guidelines, which came into …

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Elephants return

By Flavia Nassaka Uganda’s elephant numbers increase but conservationists remain wary of poachers Globally, elephants are under threat with the increase in demand for ivory. With estimates showing about 96 elephants being killed every day, global figures indicate that their number has decreased by 62% over the last decade. The …

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Meat & cancer

By Agencies Global health experts have found that processed meat such as hot dogs, ham and sausages can cause bowel cancer Red meat is also “probably” carcinogenic, with associations mainly with bowel cancer, but also with pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report. The …

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Auntie Vivian’s mercy

By Ronald Musoke Wakisa Ministries gives unwanted teenage mothers a home Behind the high walls of a spacious house at Bakuli, a suburb about 5km west of Kampala city centre is Wakisa Ministries— Uganda’s only teenage pregnancy crisis centre. The 27 girls we found here when we visited should normally …

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