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Public health and disease control: Postal history of Uganda since Independence Welcome to Nile World

John Otim, Ekkehard Doehring & Sabine Becker

 

Before the age of the internet the conventional mail was king. The postal stamp was a perfect platform for public advocacy. Today the postal service is no longer what it once was. Think of Britain’s Royal Mail or of the United States's Federal Mail and the global reach they once commanded.

Will we live in a better and safer world?

Jonathan Power

According to the World Health Organization, over the last two decades infant deaths have fallen by a half, measles fatality by three-quarters, tuberculosis and maternal deaths by a half. AIDs related illnesses are dawn by more than a quarter

 

Ebola! Was the virus created in American laboratories?

Okot Nyormoi

Whenever humans encounter medical disasters of epic proportions such as the black plague in Europe or the current Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa, they feel helpless and are driven to ask questions about the origin of the disease, its timing and location.

Ebola and the deadly love kiss in the age of globalization

Okot Nyormoi

All cultures have traditions that mark important occasions in life, promote unity and transmit values to new generations. These traditions may be based on such factors as age, gender, stage in life, social status, or may arise out of disasters (natural or man-made).

Palm tree and the old ecological wisdom on the upper Nile

David Acaye, John Sampers, Sabine Becker, Ekkehard Doehring

Few objects of nature appear to the observer as southern and as tropical as the palm tree. From the white beaches of Mombasa and Zanzibar to the hills of Jamaica and Trinidad, they stand tall and proud come rain come sun. In the gentle winds of the tropics palm trees become the dominant component of the music of the countryside. In the wind their fan like leaves and scaly trunks become musical instruments played by the wind.

Ancient Ecological Wisdom on the Nile Revealed in Acholi Folklore!

Ekkehard Doehring, David Achaye, John Sampers, Sabine Becker, + 2

Last December a group of us set out on a field trip in the Murchison Falls Park Area, the largest such game reserve in Uganda and one of the finest environmental resort in all East Africa. Among the Acholi people of the area we encountered a tale that rose out of the land from the wisdom of the ages.

Nile River, Godhead and Generous Giver of Gifts

John Otim

Somewhere in Northern Uganda the Nile narrows down from its stately average width of 2.8 kilometers to a mere 7 meters. Amidst rocks as ancient as the Earth, the great River plunges to a depth of 43 meters in a frothing roaring extravaganza, throwing a dazzling rainbow.

Once and Future Wonderland of the World

John Otim

If there were an African country in which the leader was so imbued so fired with dreams and plans for a better tomorrow for his under developed land and his impoverished people, that country was Tanzania. If there were a country in which grand and sincere dreams for a better future in the end went terribly wrong and caused untold sufferings for millions. That country is Tanzania. If the saying, bad things can happen to good people could apply to a whole country. That country is Tanzania.

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