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Girls in Rural Areas Face Higher Risk of Interrupted Education

KAMPALA, Uganda – According to a UNICEF report, 1,519 girls below 19 years in Kitgum have visited a hospital for antenatal care since schools were shut in March 2020 and “Teenage pregnancy in Lira district increased to 35.2% in 2019/2020,” according to Dr. Achaka Edmond, Assistant District Health Officer, Lira district.  But this is just a percentage of an even bigger number when it comes to national statistics given that between January and June 2020, 7000 girls were defiled, raped and impregnated according to The Daily Monitor.  Elvis Basudde Kyeyune,...
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Crisis in Lango: One in Three Teenage Girls is Pregnant

KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda continues to face an unprecedented rise in the numbers of teenage pregnancies, with recent statistics showing that over 7000 teenage girls have either been defiled, raped or even impregnated. The situation in the Lango sub region is even worse with thousands of girls having been impregnated and many married off to much older men usually in exchange for small amounts of “bride price.” According to the Executive Director of Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), Jackson Chekekwo, “The rate of teenage pregnancies in Lango region is as high...
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More Efforts Being Made to End Stigma and Discrimination Among PLHIV in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda – On December 3rd, 2020, the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics & HIV/AIDS (UGANET) hosted and conducted a live tweet chat on ‘Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic’. The tweet chat, moderated by Immaculate Owomugisha, Head of Advocacy & Litigation at UGANET, aimed to discuss the issue of stigma and discrimination faced by People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Uganda. HIV-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at people living with HIV/AIDS. Out of the estimated 1.4 million PLHIV, about 1.1 million are accessing antiretroviral...
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Hundreds of MPs attend First ever ‘Core Parliamentary Committee on HIV, TB, and the Law Symposium’

KAMPALA, UGANDA – On December 1st 2020, Uganda Network on Law, Ethics & HIV/AIDS (UGANET) commemorated the World AIDS Day hosting a week-long symposium dubbed Core Parliamentary Committee on HIV, TB, and the Law Symposium at the Protea Hotel in Entebbe.   The symposium, organized under the theme; “Creating an Enabling Environment for People Living with HIV and TB – The Role of Members of Parliament”, is the first of its kind that UGANET has held. The event saw over 100 Members of Parliament in attendance. Dora K. Musinguzi, the...
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