Amy Fallon is an Australian freelance journalist currently based in Uganda. She has also reported from Australia, the U.K. and Asia, writing for a wide range of outlets on a variety of issues including breaking news, and international development, and human rights topics. Amy has also worked for News Deeply, NPR, The Guardian, AFP news agency, IPS, Citiscope, and others.
South Africa needs about 12,000 pharmacists to fulfill the international standard of 50 pharmacists per 100,000 people, but the government has struggled to attract the necessary numbers. To combat long waiting times for patients, the country is now trialing a new type of pharmacy.
Reproductive Health Uganda is one of Uganda’s leading NGOs providing services related to sexual health and reproductive rights. But it now faces a number of challenges to its work, including a recent move by the United States to bring back the Mexico City Policy, or "global gag rule." Devex spoke to RHU Executive Director Jackson Chekweko about the policy and other challenges.
Five years after pledging to deliver progress at the London Summit on Family Planning, Uganda's successes and ongoing challenges offer lessons for policymakers reconvening for a reprisal meeting this week.
Uganda and the United Nations will jointly host a summit this week that aims to draw in $2 billion in donor support for the country's hosting of some 1.2 million refugees. The meeting is the first of its kind since countries promised last year, in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, to better share the global costs of displacement.
A local civil society group in Uganda is suing the government to compel the teaching of sex education, after a blanket ban on the subject last year. The debate crystalizes ongoing tensions about how to balance conservative social norms with the need for awareness in a youth-heavy population at risk from HIV transmission.