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When I hear Of Fistula, The Next Thing That Comes to Mind Is Pregnancy And Childbirth (Part III)

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This is the third and final part on the series on Fistula: A fistula: A fistula is a hole, or abnormal opening, in the birth canal, that results in chronic leakage of urine and/or feaces. Obstetric Fistula:   An abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum. According to  fistulacare.org , each year, more than a quarter million women die in pregnancy and childbirth. Of those that do not perish, an unknown number suffer long-term health problems. The maternal injury with perhaps the most devastating aftermath is  obstetric fistula .   Obstetric fistula due to  obstructed labour is by far the most common form of genital fistula, constituting an estimated 80-90% of all genital fistula cases.   Obstetric fistula is usually caused by several days of obstructed labor, without timely medical intervention or cesarean section. During this time, the soft tissues of the pelvis are compressed between the baby’s head and the mother’s pe

When I hear Of Fistula, The Next Thing That Comes to Mind Is Pregnancy And Childbirth (Part II)

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This is the second of a series on Fistula: A fistula: A fistula is a hole, or abnormal opening, in the birth canal, that results in chronic leakage of urine and/or feaces. There are many resources one can use to get information on fistula condition. In a resource by Amie (2019), symptoms and types of fistula are listed. Symptoms: Symptoms of fistulas vary depending on their location and severity. However, some symptoms are common in most cases. People often feel very unwell and run a fever. They also feel pain or tenderness at the site of the fistula. Itching may develop, especially if the fistula involves skin. Fistulas often exude pus, which may have an unpleasant or foul smell. Risk Factors:   Certain conditions place a person at a higher risk of developing a fistula. Crohn's disease and diverticular disease are two conditions highly likely to cause fistulas. Around one in three people with Crohn's disease will get a fistula at some p

When I hear Of Fistula, The Next Thing That Comes to Mind Is Pregnancy And Childbirth (Part I)

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This is the first of a series on Fistula. When one hears of Fistula, the next thing that comes to mind could be pregnancy and childbirth.   But, all of us should be concerned. There is a vulnerability and susceptibility in the event one is sexually active before the age of 18 years,   a victim of physical assault, rape, engages in use of sex toys, inserting or stashing objects in the vagina and anus during sexual play, torture or as a result of hiding objects that may be contraband. But, why should Key Populations (KP) be exceedingly concerned? There are six reasons why KP should be emancipated enough to contribute to reduction of Fistula cases in their communities. It is treatable and those who seek care go on to lead confident fulfilling lives. It affects a big number of people than previously known. Contributing to its reduction, means improving health and achievement of the SDGs. You may be called upon to take care of someone after surgery. You need

Office Break-In And theft of Shared-Use Equipments At One of Our Network Member Organization

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We have always been around to serve marginalized communities. We set out to start a satellite organization called The Liberty Africa Youth Foundation (TLAYf)  in Nansana Town Council. We have over 300 beneficiaries we serve on a regular basis in that area. We provide a safe space for all people to meet and learn from us/with us. Equipments and food were stolen from our resource centre. We provide food in form of beans, rice, maize flour and cooking oil to 100 most in need persons regularly. We provide opportunities for health, development, self care and adult education. We have faced persecution because of the work we do. But, we have never given up. We thank Defenders' Protection Investigation-DPI and Uganda Police for checking on us. We appeal to other organizations to come to our support.

Kampala Uganda: Pride Uganda; a Uganda-led story of visibility and the story of Pride -Part 3

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PRIDE Ugandan LGBTIQQ Community is a collective at the interface of normalized patriarchy, matriarchy and gender expansiveness. It is a community of women and men who are negotiating pro-actively how to productively live their lives. It is the repository of women whose bodies cannot limit the inner gender-self. It is a repository of men whose bodies cannot contain the inner gender-self who defies assigned gender and normativity.  They are a collective who have turned potential biases into useful community mobilization markers and change initiators. They dismiss attributive bias and are now engaging in activities that contribute to their community welfare. Pride Uganda is a series of activities marked in June or July every year. The activities range from paying for a venue (they contribute large sums of money to venue proprietors), buying refreshments (they pay money for food and beverages which means the LGBTIQQ community indirectly pays salaries of employed peop

Key Populations’ Readiness Tips About Ebola

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) has put in place measures to manage Ebola in case it appears in the country.  This done with the help a nd support from Development Partners. The Government of Uganda, determines whether an event constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). It set up the National Ebola Preparedness and Response Contingency Plan, which combats the spread should there be a case. It has also put the health workers in various facilities on high alert to be watchful of various patients taken ill. These are called Ebola Treatment Units (ETU). That part of a team that scours the country in case of emergency is called the Ebola Rapid Response Team (RRTs). For more, please follow this link. On top of physical structures, the MoH sends out regular notices and has a hotline operated by an Emergency Operations Centre. The public is argued to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases of persons presenting symptoms and w

Microcredit Facilitates Agency And Full Engagement Of Private Citizens In Quality Life Promoting Self Preservation

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Governments are increasingly privatizing, Microcredit extension can fill in the gap. It can be used to foster development and increasing SRH and RMNCAH Uptake Among Ugandan Youths 13-35 years Background:  African Governments need to increasingly use Microcredit or Micro finance services as precursors and catalysts for many other social services and development goals. This has outcome implications in many areas including:HIV, SRH, RMNCAH and increasing household level living standards. The aim of the report is twofold: explore the categories that made Microcredit a catalyst for quality life practices; how Key Populations (KP) can use Microcredit to engage in quality life improving practices. Methods : Community immersion, literature review and key informant interviews were used to generate the report between December 2015-February 2019 in 15 Ugandan Town Councils. 230 respondent were eligible out of 330. Eligibility was based on age; 5-7 months grace perio