Fighting cancer with mobile mammography van in Uganda

Many Ugandans now have a chance of survival from the early detection of breast cancer through free screening offered by a mobile mammography van. The van arrives at the doorstep of Ugandans fully equipped to freely test breast cancer in both men and women. This is an initiative of the comprehensive cancer community programme of the Uganda cancer institute. Since the project was introduced a decade ago, more than 500 breast cancer cases have been diagnosed and successfully treated….

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Growing fears of COVID-19 associated stigma and discrimination in Africa

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continent, social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against persons perceived to have been in contact with the virus is also on an alarming rise. I recently watched a comic viral video showing people running out of a public bus for dear life as if a bomb had gone off. However, it was not a physical explosion but a loud sneeze from one of the passengers that had sent alarm bells…

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Ugandan hospital marks one year of no maternal deaths

In Uganda, one general hospital outside Kampala recorded zero maternal deaths for 2019. Mothers dying during childbirth is a huge issue in Uganda, with statistics indicating that 16 women die every day as they attempt to become mothers. Reason include not being attended to for hours while in labour, insufficient volumes of blood for transfusions, and a lack of ‘mama kits’ – essentials for the delivery to be conducted. However, General Hospital was able to achieve this milestone of…

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