February 2023

National Council of Sports signs landmark MOU with Uganda Investment Authority

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:34

On 8th February 2023, Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) in partnership with National Council of Sports signed a memorandum of understanding to drive investments in the sports sector including building of modern sports stadiums. National Council of Sports is expected to submit bankable proposals for sports projects in the country and UIA will promote and market these projects across the globe as part of the investment opportunities in Uganda.

Parliament passes the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2022

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:31

In November 2022, Parliament passed the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2022 after the proposal to have members’ contributions to the fund was dropped. The bill seeks to, among others, increase the rate of contribution made by the members from 15% to 20%; Replace the requirement for a recommendation of the Uganda Medical Board with a recommendation from a medical practitioner approved by the Board, in cases where a member or pensioner seeks to use a proportion of their benefits for medical treatment, or a member retires early on medical grounds.

UNEB releases the 2022 PLE and UCE Results

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:27

In January 2023, UNEB released the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE). Out of the 832,654 students who were registered, 811,810 students sat for the examinations. Of these, 583,768 (70.1%) from 11,306 centres were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries. A total of 114,617 passed in first grade, 357,799 passed in grade two,146,583 in third grade, and 95,702 passed in fourth grade. According to UNEB statistics, 97,109 candidates were not graded.

WHO Strengthens Uganda's Efforts to Address the Health Impact of Drought and Food Insecurity in the Country

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:25

Over the past three years, north-eastern Uganda (Karomoja, Teso and Lango) has faced several public health challenges due to drought, with Moroto, Kaabong and Karenga districts being the most affected. These challenges include food insecurity leading to malnutrition and disease outbreak. A survey conducted in April 2022 revealed that 6% of households in Karamoja were severely food insecure, while 52% were moderately food insecure.

Uganda declared Ebola free

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:24

In January 2023, Ministry of Health declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Uganda. The declaration followed conclusion of two incubation cycles of 42 days since the discharge of the last confirmed case on 30th November 2022.  A total of 164 cases were registered (142 confirmed and 22 probable) with 55 confirmed deaths and 87 recovered patients. Overall, the case-fatality ratio was 47%.

The State of Uganda Population Report 2022

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:22

The State of Uganda Population Report 2022 underscores the importance of changing the population age structure to reduce the high child dependency burden. The Report indicates that the game changers for Demographic Transition are: Promoting family planning; Improving child survival; Keeping children, especially girls, in school to completion and strengthening organized urbanization.

For further reading, the captioned Report can be accessed via the link below:

World Health Statistics Report 2022

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:21

This Report presents the latest data on health and health-related indicators for World Health Organization’s 194 Member States. It provides comprehensive country-level statistics for disease burden and service delivery. The Report shows an overall increase in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy over the last 20 years, as a result of reductions in maternal and child mortality and in premature mortality due to noncommunicable diseases.

World Malaria Report 2022

Submitted by on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 20:19

This report highlights the global progress towards curbing and eliminating malaria in the world. The Report indicates that there were 625,000 malaria deaths globally in 2021 compared to 619,000 deaths in 2020. The global tally of malaria cases reached 247 million in 2021 compared to 245 million in 2020 and 232 million in 2019.

Dec 2022, World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/teams/global-malaria-programme/reports/world-malaria-report-2022