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GM mosquitoes to fight malaria

Ugandan scientists seek integrated approach to tackle killer disease Scientists at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) plans to undertake a research on genetically engineered mosquitoes to tackle malaria.  Dr. Jonathan Kayondo, the principal investigator Target Malaria Uganda and Senior Research Officer at UVRI had an email interview with The …

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Struggle to contain COVID-19

  What Uganda has got wrong – and right In June, President Yoweri Museveni tightened restrictions in the country following a worrying rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths. The new stringent measures included a 42-day lockdown and restrictions on the movement of people. Public health specialist Gloria Seruwagi reveals some …

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UK committed to Ugandan democracy

  British High Commissioner to Uganda, Kate Airey, shares her views with The Independent’s Ronald Musoke in an email interview  You arrived in Uganda in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Still, I would like to imagine that you have tried to move around the country over the last seven …

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COVID-19: Vaccinating Africa

Mastercard Foundation’s $1.3bn plan The Mastercard Foundation announced in June that it would deploy $1.3 billion for a three-year partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) “to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa and hasten the economic recovery of the …

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‘Make natural forests untouchable’

  Last November, Attilio Pacifici, the head of the EU Delegation in Uganda led seven other ambassadors from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Austria on a mission to western and northern Uganda to have firsthand experience of the level of pressure Uganda’s natural resource assets such as Bugoma …

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Bold steps to restore Uganda’s forests

Dr. Clement Okia, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Muni University Arua, talked to The Independent’s Ronald Musoke about the ever rising rate of deforestation in Uganda and what the government needs to do to recover the country’s forest cover  Why should Ugandans be …

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