Uganda's police department has instituted new measures to help drive down the high number of road accidents and deaths in the country. According to the 2013 World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety, Uganda had 2,954 deaths in 2010, one of the highest rates in Africa. The police display wreckages of cars involved in accidents at strategic points in the capital, Kampala in the hopes that this will deter motorists from reckless driving and over speeding, the two main causes of accidents. Many road accidents victims are treated at the Mulago National Referral Hospital, the largest hospital in Uganda. Over 60 percent of the hospital's surgery budget every year is utilised on crash victims. A car accident survivor, Ambrose Byamukama says he supports the government's push to improve road safety.
On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Somalis are calling for a stop in the practice. Local imam, Macalin Adam Mohammed Osman condemned the practice and asked for it to be completely eradicated. He pointed out that FGM was not from Islam. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated, more than 125 million girls and women have been cut. The agency projects that a further 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030, if current trends continue. Uganda, Kenya and Guinea-Bissau have recently adopted laws criminalizing the practice.
The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization says that more women are being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer, calling for greater attention to prevention and control measures to offset lifestyle changes which pushed breast cancer to be the leading cause of cancer death among women. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer affecting women, after breast, colorectal and lung cancer, particularly in areas with lower levels of development which lack access to effective screening and where the HPV vaccine and other services are not available. The cancer is particularly active in sub-Saharan Africa where 34.8 new cases are diagnosed each year per 100,000 women, as compared with between 6.6 and 2.5 new cases in North America. Meanwhile, more than one-fifth of all new cases are diagnosed in India
As the world prepares to mark Worlds Aids Day, activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo are intensifying HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in schools. Armed with a television set and a DVD player, representatives from a local organisation called "Let's talk about AIDS" or PASCO walk into schools ready to share some harsh truths. It is part of a long running campaign to raise awareness through schools in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. According to government figures, only 2 percent of youth aged 15 to 24 have adequate information about safe sex and other forms of prevention against HIV/AIDS. This is partly due to years of civil war, which put health education and access to basic health services in the back seat and let cultural taboos surrounding sexual issues fester. It is estimated that there are more than one million people living with the HIV virus in DRC.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that food security in Zimbabwe is deteriorating. It predicts 2.2 million people - around a quarter of the country's rural population - will need food assistance early next year. That's due to a lethal combination: erratic rainfall and farming practices. Investment in irrigation has been suggested as a way out.
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