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Research Findings on TB Prevalence in Northern Uganda

 

“For me I had tuberculosis (TB) and I was not even suspecting it. You know in this lifestyle of ours and also smoking. I would think that may be this cough is coming on and off. Sometimes there would be general body weakness, you are down, and you are coughing. Until I went for that diagnosis is when I was able to realise that it was TB. It is not simple for someone to stand up and say: “I THINK I MUST BE HAVING TB,” shared a TB Survivor.

That people in the northern region get surprised when they find themselves infected with TB is interesting; considering, for example, that all the respondents in the CPAR investigation for northern region expressed familiarity with the disease. Testimonies that were shared by respondents in a CPAR qualitative investigation into TB confirm that TB prevails in the greater northern region of Uganda; a region which includes: Karamoja, Lango, Acholi and West Nile sub-regions.

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Ms. Norah Owaraga, CPAR Uganda Ltd Managing Director

Norah Owaraga is a cultural anthropologist and a practitioner who holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Management from the Open University, United Kingdom. Her first degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Queen Margaret College (now Queen Margaret University), Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Her professional experience spans since 1992 during which, among others, she has consulted with government departments, civil society organisations and business providing her expertise on human centred policy development, on programmes implementation, on social accountability, on civic education, on wealth creation, on poverty reduction, on land justice and healthcare services provision, among others.

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Kudos to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)

By Ms. Norah Owaraga 

The patience and calm with which UNRA officials handled my case and the two other cases that I observed them handle, with respect of us, the citizens, however irate some citizens were; and UNRA’s recognition and consultation of our cultural institutions is everything that I expect from a civil servant. Kudos to UNRA! 

On Monday, 14th May 2018, I experienced and observed officers of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) who were at work in Pallisa in Eastern Uganda, about 200km by road north-east from Kampala Capital City. The UNRA officers were in Pallisa handling compensation matters in relation to the up-grading and widening of the Pallisa-Kumi road. The contracted road constructors, Arabs apparently, are already in Pallisa and have reportedly begun to source local employees and service providers. 

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