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The Hidden Toll of Open Cast Gold Mining on Health, Environment: The Case of Uganda and Burundi

Bare-chested miners dig pits to look for gold in Odupi sub county, Uganda. Image by Richard Drasimaku. Whether in Uganda or Burundi, gold mining remains predominantly artisanal and rudimentary. Many miners do not care about their health, less about the environment. By Richard Drasimaku and Renovat Ndabashinze November 15, 2023 …

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Ushuru uliofichwa wa uchimbaji dhahabu wazi juu ya afya, mazingira: kesi ya Uganda na Burundi

  Iwe nchini Uganda au Burundi, uchimbaji wa dhahabu unasalia kuwa wa kisanaa na wa kawaida. Wachimba migodi wengi hawajali afya zao, hata kuhusu mazingira. This story was produced with support from the Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund and the Pulitzer Center  Na Richard Drasimaku (Uganda) na Rinovat Ndabashinze (Burundi)  Kutoka …

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UGANDA SECURES MALARIA VACCINE ALLOCATION FROM GAVI

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: THURSDAY, JULY 06, 2023 Uganda is among twelve countries across different regions in Africa that are set to receive 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine over the next two years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the vaccine alliance, GAVI, have announced in a …

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THE QUEST FOR THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE WHITE RHINOS IN AJAI WILDLIFE RESERVE

  While growing up as a child, Ben Afidra Amorimvapi, a resident of Degiya village, Olali parish-Ogoko Sub County developed fondness for White Rhinos. With his village home sitting on what was a controlled hunting area of Ajai wildlife reserve, Amorimvapi points to a bare ground next to his house. …

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ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS IN CONGO BASIN CHALLENGED ON INVESTIGATIVE, DATA JOURNALISM TO HALT DEGRADATION

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2023 Dr Severin Kalonga, the project lead for Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa initiative of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has emphasized the role of environmental journalists to help halt and reverse the negative trend of degradation and biodiversity loss in …

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MORE KIDNEY PATIENTS FLOCK TO LIRA REGIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITAL FOR DIALYSIS

BY MARKO TAIBOT LIRA CITY: Monday, June 12, 2023 Lira regional referral Hospital is receiving a growing number of Kidney patience that require dialysis. It is the only facility that is managing dialysis in the Northern region. Lira Regional Referral Hospital through the help of Kiruddu National Referral Hospital has established …

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ADJUMANI GETS INTENSIVE CARE UNIT WORTH SHS1.6 BILLION

BY MARKO TAIBOT ADJUMANI: WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2023 Adjumani district local government launched the construction of a sh1.6 billion Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to handle critical conditions under the Development Response to Displacement Impact Projects (DRDIP). Stephen Okomi, the chairperson Community Procurement Management Committee (CPMC) of Forua village in Adjumani town …

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GOV’T EARMARKS SH1B PER DISTRICT FOR ROAD REHABILITATION – GEN KATUMBA WAMALA

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2023 The government has decided to give every district sh1b for road rehabilitation in addition to the usual annual road funds, Works and Transport minister, Gen Katumba Wamala has said. “The money will come in three tranches. The ministry is coming up with …

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MUSEVENI OUTLINES PDM OPTIONS FOR URBAN RESIDENTS, FAMILIES WITH LESS THAN FOUR ACRES LAND

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2023 President Yoweri Museveni has outlined parish development model (PDM) options for urban residents and families with less than four acres of land during his latest wealth creation tour in West Nile. “There are other people like here in Arua town who do …

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