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Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets as eradication collapses

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP |   Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, highlighting bumper harvests owing to collapsing eradication efforts amid growing insecurity and declining international counter-narcotics assistance, the UN said Sunday. Cultivation dropped last year due to drought conditions but it has been on …

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Rise of antioxidant skin bleaches in Uganda

Side effects unknown as beauticians resort to using nutritional prescription supplements After years of hearing warnings against use of certain skin whitening products, some determined individual are increasingly seeking solutions among so-called “natural” skin whiteners writes Nicole Namubiru. But are these products any safer? Among the so-called natural bleachers are antioxidants. …

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Butabika’s surprising oasis of silence

National mental health hospital offers serenity treatment to tortured souls Healthcare in Uganda is generally underfunded. But it is worse for mental healthcare. In the 2015/16 Financial Year, health generally was allocated only 5% of the budget. Of that, mental healthcare took just 01%. Despite the little money it receives, …

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When the sick bypass doctors

Since she retired from teaching, Sauda Neema, 61, suffers from diabetes, has difficulty sleeping, and often feels general body pain.  She believes it is her fate, as an elderly person, to endure pain. “When you start aging, the first thing you forget about is being fine,” she says, “(But)you can’t …

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