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Kampala's Air Quality is Red-Flagged

Awareness of the "Silent Killer" Remains Low

Today, polluted air is the greatest environmental risk to health around the entire world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 7 million people annually die as a result of living with polluted air. In 2019, Uganda scored third on the African continent for recording the highest and most dangerously polluted air – only Ghana and DR Congo produced worse results. In global comparison, Uganda ranks among the top 25 of countries with the highest amount of Particulate Matter (PM), an airborne contaminant which negatively affects human health. Escaping these microscopic pollutants is virtually impossible, especially in the capital city Kampala.

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Corona-Pandemie in Afrika: Mehr Armut, Krisen und Konflikte?

Einblicke in Côte d‘Ivoire, DR Kongo, Mali, Südafrika, Tansania, Uganda

Die Corona-Pandemie ist auch in Afrika angekommen. Vor diesem Hintergrund berichten wir über die Situation vor Ort und werfen einen genaueren Blick nach Côte d‘Ivoire, DR Kongo, Mali, Südafrika, Tansania und Uganda. Wir gehen außerdem den Fragen nach, was die deutsche Politik tun kann, um die negativen Effekte des Corona-Virus auf dem Kontinent abzumildern und wie sich afrikanische Staaten besser vor weiteren Pandemien schützen können.

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Arbeitslosigkeit, Export von Arbeitskräften und Menschenhandel

Eine Zeitschrift zur Förderung und Entwicklung von Frauen

Bildung während COVID-19: Unterbrechung und Reaktion

Das E-Learning in Uganda neu denken

Public health emergencies affect the education and safety of children in several ways. Due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, for instance, the education of 5 million children was interrupted.- School closures across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2015 made it difficult for the governments of these countries to find alternative ways to provide continued education, resulting in many children dropping out of school. The current pandemic has forced most govern- ments around the world to temporarily close educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, impacting over 91% of the world’s student popu- lation according to UNESCO. Uganda, amidst its economic challenges, the unforeseen situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is another turn of the screw in the education situation of its school-going age population. This research looks systematically at the opportunities and challenges of diffus- ing e-learning in the context of Uganda, where the vast majority lack basic needs for livelihood and access to the internet is a problem.

Ein Überblick über COVID-19 und das Dilemma Ugandas von Gleichstellung im Gesundheitswesen

Ugandas entwicklungspolitische Reaktion im Laufe der letzten Jahre, die beeindruckend hohe Wirtschaftswachstumsraten verzeichneten, hat sich nicht in einem besseren Leben für die Ärmsten und Schwächsten, darunter auch Frauen, niedergeschlagen, und spiegelt sich nun auch in der Reaktion auf COVID-19 wider. Dieser Artikel hinterfragt inwieweit jene Entwicklungsansätze im Gesundheitssektor, welche die Ärmsten und Schwächsten unberücksichtigt lassen, mit dem langjährigen Patriarchat und der derzeitigen globale Pandemie zusammenwirken und damit Frauen schlechter gestellt lassen. Er zieht Lehren aus Ugandas derzeitiger COVID-19-Reaktionsarbeit und gibt Empfehlungen für kurzfristige Maßnahmen, um sich der bestehenden Ungleichheiten bewusst zu werden, die Bekämpfung jener integrativer zu gestalten und somit auf eine Lösung hinzuarbeiten, anstatt die Ungleichheitssituation zu verschlimmern. Der Artikel schlägt außerdem langfristige Maßnahmen vor, die nach einer Pandemie eingesetzt werden können, um Ungleichheiten im Gesundheitsbereich anzugehen.

COVID-19 in Uganda

Auf dem Weg zu einer nationalen Strategie für multiple Public-Health-Notfälle

This paper analyses the relationship between Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Uganda, on one hand, and the development and operationalization of a National Strategy on Complex Public Health Emergencies. Attention centres on:(i) State preparedness following outbreak and global transmission of Covid-19;(ii) State Responses tosubsequent importation to, and transmission of the disease within, Uganda; (iii) State-Society Relations occasioned by intra-country morbidity and transmissions; and (iv) the implications of (i)-(iii) for Uganda’s national strategy for CPHEs.The paper underscores the State’s central role in developing and operationalising a CPHE Strategy. The Strategy, though a multi-stakeholder effort, ought to prioritise preparedness, response, and post-CPHE socioeconomic recovery in order to cushion society against immediate and long-term impacts of CPHEs. Severally,Covid-19 has revealed the need to alter Uganda’s approach to public health governance. The conclusion sums up main lessons and makes recommendations for developing a National CPHE Strategy.

BürgerInnen sprechen!

Anforderungen an den öffentlichen Dienst während der Lockdown-Phase in Uganda

As a global pandemic of COVID19 is threatening our lives and economies, our relationship towards government is starting to change. With over 2.5 million confirmed infections worldwide, Uganda has so far been spared with only 61 confirmed cases and no deaths. On 31st March, a 14-day lockdown was imposed on the country, which was extended for another 21 days on the 14th of April. The effects of this lockdown on the virus, as well as economic and social life, are yet to be seen. What is certain is that many Ugandans, sitting at home in self-isolation, are talking about their needs during the pandemic and openly sharing their anxieties about the future through WhatsApp groups and social media platforms.

Assessing the Relationship between Gender-based Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Uganda

Whereas there is an abundance of literature linking gender based violence (GBV) in the aftermaths of natural related disasters, the linkage with health related emergency pandemic is scanty. However, some studies have analyzed GBV and Ebola and Zika virus epidemic in Liberia in 2014-16 1 and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2018, GBV and HIV 2,3 and gender/GBV and Covid-19. With the prevailing coronavirus (covid-19) global pandemic, which has driven countries to declare lockdowns, cases of GBVhave also spiraled. The increasing cases of GBV amidst the coronavirus pandemic highlight the importance of the relationship between GBV and health related emergingepidemics or pandemic situations. Particular questions GBV and Covid-19 such as: Have cases of GBV or threats of violenceincreased since Covid-19 Lockdown in Uganda? Why and how do GBV occur in health related emergency situations? What are the implications for policy and research? These and other questions are worthy reflecting on and responding to.