I was talking to myself about 2020 being a year that will be remembered for generations due to the Covid 19 pandemic. I particularly kept thinking about what this pandemic means for children. This is because everything seemed to happen so fast after the President announced the lock down in March. Parents were asked to pick children from schools even as public transport was closed down. Remember this was an emergency as there was no time for teachers to prepare children to go back home as usual, no speech days, no end of term party, no sports days that schools usually use to transition children from school to going home for holidays. Schools in Uganda host about 15 million
By Francis Okot Oyat (Published 4th December 2017)
On Sunday 3rd December we once again commemorated International Day of Disabled Persons under the theme Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All”. It is an important day proclaimed and observed by the United Nations since 1992 for promoting and creating awareness about the plights of persons living with
By Yusrah Nagujja, Anthony Ochora & Jaclyn Kerr (Published 10th October 2017)
The theme for this World Mental Health Day, is “Mental Health in the Work Place”. With over 300 million people suffering from depression worldwide and 260 million suffering with anxiety disorders (WHO, 2017), it is estimated that these disorders result in approximately US$1 trillion in lost productivity within the global economy (WHO, 2017). Thus, this theme is quite timely.
By Francis Okot Oyat (Published on 13th September 2017)
In many African countries confronted with escalating conflict, protection issues of children remain a major challenge. UNHCR says children make up to 62% of the 1.8 million people displaced by fighting in South Sudan, and more than 75,000 unaccompanied minors have fled to Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. (Sudan Tribune, 18th May 2017). In conflict situations children are exposed to a wide range of abuses, including defilement, abduction and forceful recruitment into military forces or groups, sexual slavery and exploitation leading to early pregnancy and early parenthood, brutal murder of adults creating unaccompanied and orphaned children, torture and physical brutality, and forceful displacement. Refugee children with limited physical and psychological
By Kampogo Mary Tumusiime and Yusrah Nagujja Kuteesa (Published 10th October 2016)
World Mental Health Day was first celebrated on 10th October 1992, nearly quarter of a century ago. This year the theme set by the World Health Organisation calls us to address the question of “Psychological first aid”.
Psychological First Aid refers to a range of natural, supportive and practical strategies used to reduce the painful range of emotions and responses experienced by people who are or have been exposed to high stress. Psychological first aid emphasizes listening without pressing the person to talk; assessing needs and concerns; ensuring that basic physical needs are met; providing or mobilizing social support, and providing essential information.
By Okot Francis Oyat (Published 3rd October 2016)
On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the Assembly. The International Day of Older Persons was observed for the first time throughout the world on 1 October 1991, the same year the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. In 2002 the second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages. This year’s commemoration is under the theme Take a Stand Against Ageism.