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Health & Environ

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.

African Paradise Deferred

John Otim

This lovely country which is your home was once aptly described as a fairy tale by one of the greatest men of the twentieth century. "In Uganda  there is discipline, there is industry, there is peace.  From end to end, it is one beautiful garden." Words of Winston Churchill written more than 100 years ago. But it was the young Duke of Kent, reminding Ugandans fifty years ago,  just how lucky they are. Today as they face present realities Ugandans might be forgiven if their thoughts run back to bygone days.

Wars, Concentration Camps and Strange Nodding Disease Striking Northern Uganda

Okot Nyormoi

Every now and then the world is struck with a mysterious new malady. In the 14th century Black Death (now known to have been caused byYersinia pestis bacterium) almost wiped out the entire population of Europe and Asia. At the height of European expansion in the middle of the 16th the indigenous populations of the Americas were decimated by new diseases introduced there by Europeans. At times as in the case with small pox, this was a deliberate act designed to wipe out the local Indian population.


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