Health & Environ

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

Oct
18
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.

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To be or not to be vaccinated

Nov
26
Okot Nyormoi

Vaccination has become a question of to be or not to be. Parents worry about it, not just because of the prick their babies must endure but because without vaccination certificates, their children may not attend school. Adults are also not free of vaccination requirements because vaccines such as yellow fever and cholera may be required for international travel.

 
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Vaccines are a two-edged sword

Nov
26
Nirupama Shankar

Sometime ago, I accompanied my sister to a pediatrician’s office, for the first of many vaccination appointments for her twin 8-week old girls. Fortunately for my sister, the nightmare ended after a few pokes of the needle and a few throaty bawls of protest. Sadly, not every parent’s ordeal ends the same way. Each day, parents around the world take their children on this routine with faith that this will protect their children against deadly and potentially life-threatening infections. But what if this very tool that is intended to protect becomes a lethal source of disability?

 
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THE STRANGE AND LITTLE KNOWN DISEASE WHOSE CAUSE NO ONE KNOWS

May
25
Okot Nyormoi

The year was 1960, it was the first ever report of a strange and mysterious disease characterized by constant nodding of the head in affected individuals, all of whom were children. Adults appeared to be immune to the new disease! The report located the disease in a remote part of southern Tanzania, a country known at the time as Tanganyika. Years later the disease showed up in war ravaged South Sudan and then ...

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Will we live in a better and safer world?

Jan
15
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

 

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Ebola! Was the virus created in American laboratories?

Nov
13
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.

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Ebola and the deadly love kiss in the age of globalization

Oct
18
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).

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Palm tree and the old ecological wisdom on the upper Nile

Nov
15
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.

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