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From source to water bodies and dining table: Tracking the journey of plastics in Uganda

Fredrick Mugira, Bertha Fellow 25th April 2022 Last February, Ramathan Kimbugwe, the CEO of Prowess Communications Company, was jogging early morning when he noticed something strange about a river in his community. Thousands of used plastic bottles were heaping in Rwizi, a lifeline river for over five million people in southwestern Uganda, at a point […]

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A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech

Fredrick Mugira, November 23 2021  A city in southwestern Uganda has welcomed the new Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda that over 35 world leaders signed at the UN summit on climate change in Glasgow to see countries and businesses work together to dramatically scale and speed up the development and deployment of clean technologies and drive down […]

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From machetes to dialogue: Somali communities optimistic about a future free of water conflicts

Abdikhayr Mohamed Hussein, Bertha Fellow 2022 Somalia experienced disastrous droughts between 2000 and 2011, but the current dry spell is the worst in the last decade. This is attributed to the failure of the previous three consecutive rainy seasons dating back to October 2020. The worsening drought has led to water scarcity, food insecurity, and […]

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Trading livestock for water: A nightmare for pastoralists in Somalia as drought hits hard

Abdikhayr Mohamed Hussein, Bertha Fellow 2022 Somalia is facing the worst drought in decades following the failure of three consecutive rainy seasons since October 2020. The worsening drought has exacerbated water shortage, particularly for the rural communities that make up 60% of the country’s 15.8 million people. The persistent reduction of fresh water and repeated […]

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500 million people in Africa remain ‘water insecure’: UN report

BY SHARON UDASIN  Some 500 million people across 19 African nations remain water insecure, according to the first-ever United Nations assessment of water security across the continent. The assessment, released on Monday, indicated that apart from Egypt, all countries in Africa had water security scores below 70 — on a security scale of 0 to 100 — while […]

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Africa to Drastically Accelerate Progress on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Report

By Water Journalists Africa Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets on water, sanitation, and hygiene in Africa will require a dramatic acceleration in the current rates of progress, according to a UNICEF/WHO special report focused on Africa, launched today at the World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal. This special report calls for urgent action […]

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International Women’s Day 2022: Breaking the bias of the water crisis

By Tom Murphy – The water Project The global water crisis disproportionately affects women and girls. According to joint publications by the United Nations and World Health Organization, women and girls are responsible for collecting water in 80 percent of households without water on-premises. Lack of access to clean water literally puts the lives of women at […]

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Lake George faces pollution over poor methods of farming in Kasese

By Joel Kaguta February 17, 2022 In Kasese, the increased rate of soil erosion has been evidenced along the Kasese-Mbarara Highway because the strong water run-offs with soil particles from Rwenzori escarpment have been seen blocking the road a few meters from the weigh bridge near Kasese Cobalt Company Limited and near Kahendero junction all […]

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A climate center empowers East African women to address climate change

Fredrick Mugira, December 08, 2021  In the Kayoro ‘A’ sub-county, in eastern Uganda, the water table is very high. Compounded by regular flooding, households in this area construct pit latrines that regularly collapse, some injuring users.  However, an organisation, Women Climate Centers International, is helping women there — that bear climate change’s brunt, to construct […]

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Sanitation workers: The forgotten frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

New studies from WaterAid reveal COVID-19 has exacerbated already horrendous conditions for sanitation workers around the world. 22 November 2021, Abuja, Nigeria – During the pandemic, sanitation workers have been praised as ‘COVID warriors’ in some nations but WaterAid has found many of these workers in developing countries have been forgotten, underpaid, unprotected and left […]

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COP26 pledges for developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems a win, but only if more countries commit.

Fredrick Mugira, 02 December 2021 Environment and health activists in Uganda want more countries to commit to developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems. They say the 50 countries that committed to developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November 2021 are not enough to create a […]