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East African Development Bank Completes Another Medical Training in Cancer Management

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Dr. Abrahams Omoding, a Specialist Medical Oncologist with the Uganda Cancer Institute during the training in Mbarara District

Dr. Abrahams Omoding, a Specialist Medical Oncologist with the Uganda Cancer Institute during the training in Mbarara District

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.

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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.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Philanthropist Ladiva Millen Magesa celebrates birthday at Sanyu babies’ home (Photos)

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Tanzanian born philanthropist and BET global good will winner Millen Magesa has today celebrated her birthday in Uganda and made s a delibarate decision to celebrate ot at Namirembe based Sanyu babies home where she also cut and ate her cake with friends, babies and their care takers.

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Millen amongst many other items carried and donated items like pampers, food stuffs, beddings and further pledged more support.

Millen is the CEO of Millen Magesa Foundation and her foundation has extended extensive aod to Ugandans woth recently donating over 100 life jackets after the boat that capsized on Lake Victoria.

Here are some moments at Sanyu babies home.

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Tecno Camon 11 Pro to be launched

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Ugandan’s who want to keep up with the latest in trends and gadgets know that Tecno is one brand that always has their back. Tecno is launching the Camon 11 Pro soon with a promise that it will be bigger, better and smarter. This has caused a lot of excitement on Social Media.

According to the Tecno Mobile Uganda Social Media pages, the Camon 11 Pro is nothing less than the best at the moment at a pocket friendly price. The phone prides itself in the latest budget camera technology hence the tagline Capture more beauty. We also have it on good authority that with the new camera, you can now capture extra beautiful selfies even under very low light.

Although the team at Tecno remains tight lipped about the full spec of the phone, we have been told that AI – Artificial intelligence which is a must have for all new smartphone is available in the new Tecno Camon 11 Pro that will hit the market soon.

Tecno Camon 11 Pro Specifications and Features

  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) + HiOS 4.1 OS
  • Display: 6.2-inch HD+ (720 x 1520 pixel) IPS LCD Display
  • Processor Type: 2.0GHz octa-Core MT6762 Helio P22 CPU
  • Graphics ProcessorPowerVR GE8320
  • Internal Storage: 64GB Internal Storage Expandable to 256GB via SD card
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • Back Camera : 16 + 5 Megapixel dual Rear Camera with quad-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 24 megapixel front Camera with LED flash
  • Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, FaceID, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM and 4G LTE Networks
  • Battery: 3750mAh with Mediatek Pump Express
  • Price: Not yet confirmed

We cannot confirm how much this phone will cost but we know that it won’t exceed a million shillings. We will keep you posted.

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