Ugandan Women’s Struggle with Cancer

The national men’s volleyball team is expected to leave the country on Thursday 30th April for Rwanda where they will take part in the Confederation of Africa Volleyball Zone V games.

The winner of the four-day tournament will earn a ticket to the All African Games that will be held in Congo Brazzaville in September.

The event comes just a week after the women’s qualifiers held in Uganda where the Lady Volleyball Cranes emerged with only a single win out of four games.

The Cranes are lined up to face off with giants, side effects Kenya, cure Burundi and Rwanda for the qualification spot.

Team coach Nason Bwesigye expressed confidence in the team.

Speaking after a training match at Lugogo, more about the coach emphasized the need to focus.

“We are getting there. From now on, we need to focus on getting the job done.”

The volleyball Cranes thrashed a select side by six sets out of the seven they played.


The 14 man team in camp will be reduced to the required twelve on Wednesday after another friendly with another select side before they depart on Wednesday.


All teams are expected at the event on Monday before the technical meeting.

Then Uganda will play against hosts in the opening game on Friday before facing Kenya and Burundi on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

1st May: Arrival and Technical meeting

2nd May:

4:00 Pm – Kenya vs. Burundi

6:00 Pm – Uganda vs. Rwanda

3rd May

4:00 Pm  – Kenya vs. Uganda

6:00 Pm – Burundi vs. Rwanda

4th May

4:00 Pm – Uganda vs. Burundi

6:00 Pm – Kenya vs. Rwanda

The team in camp;

Kathbert Malinga, Saviour Atama, Dickens Otim(C), Emma Kato, Ivan Ongom, Emma Elanyu, Martin Kalema, Daudi Okello, Albert Gayi, George Aporu, Smith Okumu, Sammy Kagai and Nicholas Dheyongera.
The ’s World Immunization Week (WIW) from April 24 to 30 aims to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination to people of all ages and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world.

This year WIW focuses on ‘closing the immunization gap.’ African Vaccination Week is being celebrated under the theme “Vaccination, pilule a gift for life”.

Despite recent progress within African countries, troche there are still significant opportunities provided by immunization.

In addition, the overall health benefits are significant. Immunised children have higher cognitive abilities and are more likely to attend school and go on to be productive members of their community.

“For more than 100 years, scientists at MSD has been discovering and developing vaccines to help prevent certain diseases in children, adolescents and adults,” said Farouk Shamas Jiwa, Director, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility in Africa, MSD.

MSD is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well by delivering deliver innovative health solutions

“We have an important responsibility to improve access to vaccines and quality healthcare worldwide. We do this by working in partnership with others — governments, donors, patient organizations, healthcare professionals, NGOs, multilateral organizations and others in the private sector — to lend our expertise and knowledge. Our commitment is steadfast as we work to increase access to vaccines now and in the future.”


By reducing illness and long-term disability, vaccines also generate savings for health systems and families. Health workers are freed up and parents spend less time looking after sick children1.

Immunisation programs average about 80 percent coverage globally. South of the Sahara, the average was 80.6 percent for the DPT3 vaccine in 2013, with wide disparities across countries.

Officials say Africa has made several gains beyond increasing reach of immunisation; some diseases have been eliminated through wide-scale immunisation programmes.

Vaccines are available in public vaccination programmes in the vast majority of African countries, thanks to sustained political will, international support and innovative public/private partnerships.

Ensuring equity and coverage across the continent and within countries requires sustained effort and resources.

As African countries grow economically and actively finance vaccines and immunisation programmes, children and entire economies benefit.

Fully-immunized African children have a better chance of living up to their full potential, both intellectually and physically.

And, by investing in immunization, African countries can make a lasting contribution to the millennium development goals (MDGs). These efforts will also advance the health and development commitments of African leaders and governments and allow children and adults to lead productive, prosperous, and healthy lives.

An estimated 266,000 women die every year from cervical cancer. Over 85 percent of those deaths occur among women in developing countries. Without changes in prevention and control, cervical cancer deaths are forecast to rise to 416,000 by 2035; and virtually all of those deaths will be in developing countries.

Cervical cancer is the most common of all cancers in Africa and thus continues to be a significant threat that demands urgent attention in the African Region.

In 2012, over half a million new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed worldwide with 1 in 5 being in sub-Saharan Africa.

The primary cause of cervical pre-cancerous lesions and cancer is persistent or chronic infection with one or more types of the high risk human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually acquired infection and is most often acquired in adolescence and young adults upon sexual debut.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates HPV infections cause approximately 68 000 cases of cervical cancer each year in Africa. However, these figures most likely represent a conservative estimate due to the health challenges in health information systems and cancer registries in the region.

Cervical cancer is a preventable disease.  Immunisation, together with screening and treatment, is the best strategy to rapidly reduce the burden of cervical cancer.

Uganda and HPV

Cervical cancer in Uganda is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women and the most common cancer found in women between 15 and 44 years of age.

About 3,915 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Uganda (estimation for 2012) and 2275 women die annually from the disease, according to MSD.

The primary cause of cervical pre-cancer lesions and cancer is persistent or chronic infection with one or more types of the high risk human papillomavirus (HPV).

National rollout of the HPV vaccine programme in Uganda is expected this year.  This vaccination programme is expected to help Uganda achieve its goal to prevent unnecessary deaths from cervical cancer in Uganda and support an entire generation of women to live healthy, and productive lives.

MSD commended “the great progress Uganda has made in its HPV immunization efforts and supports its continued partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to expand HPV vaccine coverage across the country.”

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