Written by Steven Ariong, for Daily Monitor, 2nd July 2021. Find article here.
Karimojong women have appealed to the government to ban widow inheritance, a common practice in the sub-region. The women say they are being bound by their culture to marry their late spouses’ brothers as a way of compensating for the bride price paid to their families.
Spina Bifida is also known as an “open back”. In a baby with Spina Bifida, the vertebrae are not closed properly and the spinal cord is open. This can cause paralysis, incontinence or hydrocephalus. Read the story of Namunu from Kaabong, Uganda.
Schools were closed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda. This means that our Ugandan colleagues are in the field every day making sure our 188 students and 35 disabled children are safe and doing well!
The Ugandan government introduced measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 on the 18th of march 2020. Schools, markets, churches and mosques were closed and a travel ban and curfew were put in place. The closure of schools had huge direct and indirect consequences. The number of teen pregnancies, child marriages and female circumcisions increased. And the number of victims suffering from child abuse, neglect and child labour increased too. In March 2021, we received good news. Students were gradually allowed to come back to school.