A large number of Ugandan women and children were consuming insufficient amounts of vitamin-A. The prevalence of vitamin-A deficiency and xerophthalmia in Uganda stands at 2.52% and 5.4% respectively, though it is estimated that about 50% children consume insufficient amounts of vitamin-A.
Albrecht Dürer’s masterful woodcut, ’Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ is drawn from the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible’s New Testament. In it, the horsemen ride on red, black, white and pale horses, symbolising war, famine, conquest and death.
Jazirah Namukose, 18, left school feeling the sting of rejection. Classmates discriminated against her because of her disability- a clubfoot. But her life changed when she started going to the Kikaaya girls’ club in northern Kampala, Uganda. She gained skills and the confidence to start her own business- and found friends who didn’t treat her differently because of her disability.
Violet is 21 years old, married and a mother of two. She is also the owner of a steelworks business where her husband is one of her employees. When she speaks of expanding her business, her voice is full of confidence and hope, undeterred when others make jokes about how she manages her husband.
When you first meet Jackie, it is difficult not be to be taken by her charm. She sat opposite me in her calm, collected, yet casual poise, occasionally breaking out in laughter. But she still managed to exhibit a stern resolution as we discussed what it meant to part of BRAC’s first batch of international young professionals.
Malaria is the most deadly disease in Uganda. It is responsible for 25-30% of under five deaths in the country, resulting in 70,000-100,000 deaths annually. While children under five are most at risk, only 28% of them sleep under bed nets. Even fewer of these children are sleeping under nets that are properly treated (or retreated) with the necessary insecticides.
Somehow I managed to get from Rwanda to Zambia over the last week by a combination of boda, matatu, feet, bus, hitchhiking, and ferry, which is a subject for another entry - but now I finally have time to write a bit about how I spent most of my three weeks in Uganda.
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This post was written by Sharon Kim, a research and program development intern for BRAC Uganda and a current Masters student in international educational development at Teachers College, Columbia University.
In 2006, The Government of Uganda launched an ambitious vision called Bonna Bagaggawale (Prosperity for All) aimed at addressing poverty in the country. The government has been very active in partnering with civil sector organisations like BRAC in helping to address its goals outlined under the Bonna Bagaggawale scheme.In the spirit of working closely with the government BRAC Uganda recently signed an MoU with the Vice-President’s office, reiterating BRAC’s role and involvement in the Bonna Bagaggawale initiatives. The scope of the MoU covers BRAC partnering the vice-president’s office in implementing various programmes and providing support to government staff. His Excellency Prof. Gilbert B. Bukenya, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, Khondoker Ariful Islam, Country Coordinator of BRAC Uganda and Dr. David S. Muduuli, Principal Secretary to the Vice-President were present during the MoU signing ceremony.
On a recent visit to Uganda, I visited a training program run by the BRAC Uganda IT Unit for Microfinance Branch Managers. BRAC developed its own MIS system in Bangladesh known as RADAR. A very senior Microsoft company executive visited BRAC Uganda last year and reviewed its MIS system. Based on his evaluation, RADAR was deemed to be an excellent solution for the microfinance program needs.