The East African Development Bank in partnership with the British Council and the Royal College of Physicians have concluded yet another medical training of selected medical practitioners in Western Uganda.
The training which took place in Mbarara, is part of a medical training programme that EADB is carrying out across four East African countries aimed at curbing the increasing dangers of Cancer while also sensitizing communities in these countries. EADB’s aim is to train 600 medical professionals within a period of four years, to specialize in the treatment of cancer and neurological disorders.
The East African Development Bank’s Medical Training and Fellowship Programme (METAF) is an EADB initiative to build capacity in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in the fields of neurology and oncology. EADB’s mission is to promote sustainable social-economic development in East Africa by providing development finance support and advisory services.
Through the Medical Training and Fellowship(METAF) Programme, EADB aims to increase capacity towards early detection, research and access to treatment of cancer and neurological disorders by increasing the number, quality and deployment of medical doctors in public service with specialty training in the treatment cancer and neurological
disorders of in the East Africa region, especially in communities and areas where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge.
EADB is working in partnership with the British Council to manage and deliver the METAF Programme and with the Royal College of Physicians as the technical partner.
This is the fourth training taking place in Uganda. It follows similar trainings that were held St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, at the Uganda Cancer Institute, Mulago in 2016 and in Soroti earlier this year. Other trainings have also taken place in Kenya and Tanzania.
There has been a recorded increase in the number of cancer patients in the region, and close to 80% of these patients find out when the cancer is in its late stages. Dr. Abrahams Omoding, a Specialist Medical Oncologist with the Uganda Cancer Institute and also one of the programme trainers says that Cancer now kills more people than
HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined.
Although the signs and symptoms of the disease are still not well-known in many communities, there have been tremendous efforts to sensitize people and train medical practitioners in early identification of cancer cases.
The programme continues to focus on early detection, research and treatment of cancer and neurological disorders especially in communities where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge.
“This course is key in down staying late cancer detection. By training the doctors on the most important information on the signs and symptoms of cancer, we shall improve the ability to identify cancers at an early stage.” said Dr. Omoding.
Ms. Vivienne Yeda, the Director General of EADB reiterates that EADB’s course objective is to upgrade the ability of the target group of physicians to be able to better manage the patients with common neurological disorders.
“We are receiving positive feedback from the doctors who have so far taken part in the trainings. Through these doctors, we are surely having an impact. The fight against cancer should be taken up by all of us and as EADB we shall continue to train doctors until we meet our target of training 600 medical practitioners in four years.” Ms. Vivienne Yeda added.
Doctors who attended the medical training programme in Mbarara were in agreement for an increased need of such trainings across the region.
“I have learnt a lot of new things and through this training, I will now be able to look at medical cases from a different aspect so as I can be able to diagnose my patients with utmost surety.” said one of the doctors that took part in the training.
Non Communicable Diseases, are not passed from person to person. They are of long duration and generally slow progression. Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors are an emerging problem in East Africa although the focus has been directed to infectious diseases to a greater extent. EADB is thus extending a supporting
arm so as to raise awareness of the severity of NCDs.
These diseases are driven by forces that include ageing, rapid unplanned urbanization, and the globalization of unhealthy lifestyles. For example, globalization of unhealthy lifestyles like unhealthy diets may show up in individuals as raised blood pressure, increased blood glucose, elevated blood lipids, and obesity. These are called
‘intermediate risk factors’ which can lead to cardiovascular disease, a NCD.
All age groups and regions are affected by NCDs. Very often, these illnesses are associated with older age groups, but evidence shows that 16 million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occur before the age of 70. Of these ‘premature’ deaths, 82% occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
Children, adults and the elderly alike are all vulnerable to the risk factors that contribute to Non-communicable diseases, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the effects of the harmful use of alcohol.
StarTimes geared up for World Cup live broadcast following the Trophy tour in Uganda.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ugandans are definitely going to enjoy the world’s greatest sporting showpiece on StarTimes.
StarTimes is an official broadcaster of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and will broadcast all the 64 matches in HD across its Satellite, Terrestrial and OTT platform. Ugandans, wherever they are shall be able to enjoy the World Cup countrywide.
Using our World Football channel as the flagship channels, our other channels that will host live HD broadcasts will include Sports Premium, Sports Arena and Sports Focus.
As the Trophy tour is on, the World Cup fever is rising now amongst fans countrywide. StarTimes pledges nothing but the best reliable TV broadcast come June/ July 2018.
StarTimes subscribers to enjoy free upgrade this Easter season.
As Ugandans celebrate Easter season, the leading pay TV in Uganda StarTimes is offering their customers a chance to enjoy a one month free upgrade from the current bouquet as long as they pay their monthly subscription. The promotion that started today will end on 20th April 2018.
StarTimes customers on both terrestrial and satellite platforms can make a monthly subscription for their favorite bouquet and enjoy this Easter offer. Speaking to our reporter, the StarTimes Brand and Marketing Vice President, Mr. Aldrine Nsubuga Snr, noted that the promotion is aimed at ensuring that their customers enjoy the benefits of the higher bouquet for the price of a lower bouquet in order for them to experience the variety of channels on StarTimes bouquets.
He explained for example, that if a subscriber pays for basic bouquet (18,000/=) during this period, he / she will get a full upgrade to classic bouquet (36,000/=).
The Public and Relations and Communications Manager of StarTimes, Christine Nagujja, noted that subscribers on satellite can also enjoy the same benefits when they pay for either Nova or smart bouquets. Those who pay for the premium bouquets, namely, classic or super will enjoy an extra week for free.
StarTimes is an official broadcaster of the FIFA World Cup Russia, 2018 and is treating its customers to the full range of programming and content beginning with this Easter season.
Crown Beverages Limited marks 25 Years of Pepsi in Uganda
By Staff Writer
Crown Beverages Limited who are the official Bottlers of Pepsi brands in Uganda celebrated 25 years at a glamorous event that was attended by Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, Mrs. Indra K. Nooyi.
The event that took place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 and saw several PepsiCo senior executives, senior government officials, partners and other stakeholders was held at the prestigious Lake Victoria Serena Hotel- Kigo.
Speaking at the event while announcing a US$2m partnership with CARE International to enhance food security and nutrition in rural households, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, Mrs. Indra K. Nooyi, said that he was thrilled to be part of Crown’s 25th anniversary celebration and to launch the partnership that will help unlock opportunity and prosperity in Uganda.
She went on to say that; “PepsiCo is teaming up with one of the world’s leading NGOs, CARE, to launch an effort that will enhance food security and nutrition in rural households in two districts of Uganda namely Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa with a strong emphasis on women farmers. PepsiCo will provide $2 million over the next three years to improve skills and access to productive assets, such as land, water, and finance, while also helping these women take advantage of opportunities in higher-end markets.”
Her powerful speech was followed by the Chairman of Crown Beverages Limited, Dr. Amos Nzeyi’s speech who said that Pepsi is successful in Uganda today because of the many stakeholders we serve as a company. “It’s therefore befitting for us to toast to decades of flavor with the many stakeholders who have made our success in Uganda possible,” he noted in his speech.
He also reaffirmed Pepsico’s investment in communities while generating domestic revenue for the governments in the region.
Mr. Paddy Muramiirah, CEO Crown Beverages Limited added saying, “We are pleased to celebrate 25 years in Uganda because it’s a culmination of many years of investment and commitment to delighting our customers with international quality beverages. This year’s celebration is another wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate the Ugandan consumer of our soft drinks for their loyalty and passion for Pepsi over the years. We celebrate with you too.”
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