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Fresh Dairy Launches Yoghurt Campaign To Promote Healthy Lifestyle

Fresh Dairy in collaboration with Uganda National Association of Paediatric and Child Health Nurses (UNAPCHN) have launched a campaign dubbed ‘1-Yoghurt-a-Day’with an aim of encouraging more children and adults in Uganda to consume Yoghurt as an important step towardsmeeting theirdaily milk content requirement.

The campaign will also seek to encourage children and adults to consume yoghurt as a healthy and nutritious snack. Jolly Rubambarama, a senior nurse and Chairperson UNAPCHN noted that the health and nutrition benefits of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day include:

  • CALCIUM: Yoghurt contains calcium which is the main mineral in our bodies. Calcium is beneficial for increasingbone mass in children as well as preventing fractures in adults. This is particularlyimportant for postmenopausal women, who have decreased bone turnover as a consequence of hormonal changes accompanying menopause.
  • Calcium also increases the body’s breakdown of fat and helps preserve one’s metabolism, which in turn helps with weight management. A well-managed weight in turn reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • PROTEIN: Yogurt contains protein which contributes to both the maintenance and growth of muscle mass and normal bones. Proteins cannot be stored in the body which means they need to be part of our daily diets;
  • VITAMIN D: Yoghurt also contains Vitamin D which helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis, which is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of  bone tissue;
  • VITAMIN B2 and B12: Yoghurt contains Vitamin B2 and B12 which both contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism, while B2 vitamin also helps maintain normal vision;
  • POTASSIUM: Yoghurt contains Potassium which helps reduce the blood-pressure;
  • Yoghurt can also protect against gastrointestinal infections by suppressing the growth of pathogens that cause intestinal disturbances such as diarrhoea which often comes as a result of infection or over-use of antibiotics.

 While launching the 1-Yoghurt-a-Day campaign, Caroline Muchobia, the Health and Nutrition Manager - Fresh Dairy said, ‘One of our key priority areas is Health and Nutrition. We realize that Yoghurt being one of the products we produce is a signature of a healthy diet and lifestyle not only for children but adults. Together with UNAPCHN whose expertise is Pediatrics and Child health, we are driving awareness and disseminating information on the benefits of yoghurt and its contribution towards a healthy lifestyle. It is important to expose children to healthy foods( such as yoghurt , fruit and vegetables ) so that they learn to like them when they are still young and hence build a healthy generation by encouraging better dietary habits later in life.

Muchobia noted that Fresh Dairy is passionate about open and collaborative partnerships such as UNAPCHN through whom the following will be achieved:

  • Promoting healthy nutrition through educational programs and services for both parents and healthcare professionals.
  • Establishing common goals to measure improvement in dietary habits and improvement of short and long term health.
  • Investing in scientific research in the field of nutrition, and working with healthcare professionals to develop innovative solutions to help improve the health of current and future generations.

Muchobia explained that studies have shown that Yoghurt is a nutrient dense food that promotes good metabolic and overall health for both children and adults.

Fresh Dairy currently produces six flavors of Yoghurt namely: Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Mango, Plain and Butter Scotch which can be found countrywide.

Varsity Equips Kamwokya Youths With Skills

One of the challenges of youths in Uganda today is lack of life skills. It is even worse if these youth are in impoverished ghettos. Many of them, uneducated, turn to crime to survive. This puts their lives in danger. Many end up killed or imprisoned.

However there are organizations, companies and individuals who are passing on skills to these youths, especially the girls. Recently, Victoria University Rotaract Club was in Kamwokya, one of Kampala’s resounding ghettos, offering FREE skills training to the community. This was on 6th May, 2017.

Abdu Salaam Kalanzi, the University’s marketing and recruitment specialist, said the equipped youths with skills to make paper bags, bricket (energy saving cooking stoves) making, business and financial management and instilled in them a saving culture.

He said there's also a plan to supply them with free materials to start up small enterprises under the TUPAMBANE Project. “We are planning to role this program throught the country and reach all youths,” he said.

“Victoria University is committed to the principle of equality. Our policies and practices promote equality of opportunity for all who study, work and visit our community. We seek to make the University an inclusive place to work and study and welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people at all stages of their life.” Kalanzi explained.

The University carries out numerous community outright mainly under the faculty of health sciences in different parts of the country. Among the outreaches include the University Health Day where members of the public get free medical checkups especially for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Syphilis and other reproductive health related infections.

Learners Need To Think Out Of The Box – University Dean

What you study in school can hardly contribute 20% of your success, the rest of the things come from your attitude towards the world, how committed and motivated you are, therefore students need to think out of the box in order to excel in life, a university dean told a regional student camp gathering in Kampala

The advice was recently given by Dr. Krishna Sharma, the Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Victoria University Kampala, while addressing students from Ugandan Schools and Neighboring Country Schools on success tips during the official opening of the 2017, Reach a Hand Students #GetUpSpeakOut Camp at Hana International School.

“It doesn’t matter if you score 90% in class. It’s not going to determine your future, it’s not going to guarantee success. Don’t go into rat race of marks and percentages, rather than that, focus on the cross pollination of knowledge. Be time conscious – have time management and motivated. Try to be skillful and useful rather than a machine of producing good marks in class.”

“I started early in life, at 18 I published my first book. Trust and have faith in your ideas. Don’t fear to fail. My friends and family had faith in my ideas. One of my book project was rejected by more than 25 publishers and I decided to publish it on my own. This book become my first best seller.

When that book became the best seller, it gave me confidence. If over 25 publishers failed to evaluate my book, it is possible that lecturers can fail to evaluate students. We are producing for the market therefore the best evaluator is the employer,” the academician told students from Uganda to Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda.

The annual youth camp organized by Reach A Hand Uganda is one of the many engagements the University has put in place to ensure they facilitate a smooth transition of students from secondary to University life. They have visited various schools like Vienna College Namugongo, St Peters SS Namugongo, Bishop Cyprian Kihangire and Nalya SS so that they uplift these youngsters.

“This is where our first clients (students) come from. We equip these students with the skills and assist them before leaving secondary school to join university. We give them different competencies and skills. This is what we take to them.” Abdul Kalanzi, marketing and recruitment specialist at Victoria University said in an interview.  

 

Five Victoria University Trainees Get Google Certification

Five Students selected by Victoria University and Kafeero Foundation from St Lawrence Schools have been recognized as  Google Certified trainees at Victoria University. The 4 days training involved online marketing fundamentals, Business management model and Basic online transactions. The objective of this initiative is to identify ambassadors in High schools capable of nurturing their own colleagues in similar skills.

On the same occasion, the Ruparelia Foundation awarded the 5 students scholarship to study at Victoria University when they complete their secondary Education. All finalists have been awarded certificates of completion by Kafeero Foundation and Victoria University issued by the Ag Vice Chancellor Mr.Joseph Nyakana and Executive Director of the foundation Mr. Newton Bayo.

Dr Krishna N Sharma Dean Faculty of Health Science and Dr.Terry Kahuma Dean Faculty of Science and Technology advised the ambassadors to explore and utilize all chances of acquiring knowledge and using it for the good of the community.

Mr.Kafeero Aziiz the Founder of Kafeero Foundation thanked VU for blessing this kind of partnership and promised to come up with many students’ based Initiatives in as many secondary schools in Uganda and East Africa.

A Special Mother's Day To- Do List For This Week

It is not a hidden fact that mothers are beautiful creatures that we can almost compare to Angels, but can’t because we know they are way above that. They were sent in our lives to always make everything better. She birthed you, nursed you to health when you fell sick, taught you how to talk and even how to use the potty.

How can you not want to celebrate this special person every possible day? Mother’s day is this Sunday, meaning we have from now till then to do small wonderful things to remind our Mothers how important they are in our lives.

Breakfast

If you work from home or still not working, you can make her breakfast in bed. Surprise her with a delicious meal. Or order her a wonderful breakfast off Jumia Food and have it delivered at home or her workplace; with technology everything has been made easy. You can also have a card with words of appreciation sent to her alongside the breakfast just so she knows.

Gift Basket

Some days all a girl needs are some flowers to brighten her day. Your mother is no different. What are her favourite flowers? Or does she like fruit baskets instead? Maybe a basket full of bathroom products. Whatever tickles her fancy, get it. It is her day after all.

Lunch

How about picking your Mum up from work/ home or wherever she is and take her for a lunch about town. Take her to her favourite restaurant, so many of them will even have Mother’s Day specials on the menu.

Serenade

Bring on the happy waterworks and take her for band, dedicate a special song to her. Many bands around Kampala take special requests during their shows. In fact they will even give you the microphone and you sing for her. What could be more special?

Photoshoot

Celebrate her in a special way and take your Mama for a well set photoshoot. Freeze the moments of her smile and beauty in time. Over the years, photography has grown beyond the mediocre, you will be surprised at how happy she will be being treated like a model.

Shopping

Your mother deserves the finer things in life, so why not take her shopping? What are those wonderful things she has been wanting to buy but doesn’t seem to get time? Well, use this week to take around the malls and surprise her by paying for them. Mother deserves the best.

Spa Day

A Queen deserves some tender loving care, book a spa day for her. A massage, manicure and pedicure session and a hair day for her at the spa. She will leave feeling refreshed and worth a million bucks.

Dinner

Top the week off with a dinner for Mama. Many hotels around town will be doing mother’s day dinner specials, so look through sites and see what you can get.  It is always important to celebrate the special people in your life everyday, you do not need one day in a year to do so.

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Victoria University Dean Releases Book Tackling Depression

Record setting bestselling writer and Dean- Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University, Kampala - Dr. Krishna N. Sharma has his quasquicentennial book out, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Depression," which has just been available on leading webstore and bookstores.

The renowned academician and researcher, who travels across the globe to teach, has made 3 records in writing and penned 22 bestselling books.

"I can’t resist myself spreading the knowledge," said Dr. Sharma. "We have got a very short life; let’s make the most out of it. Do whatever you want to do because nobody other than you has guts to stop you." Although he has already become the youngest prolific author, Dr. Sharma is still looking forward to write many more books.

It is notable that after years of his experience and supervising more than 60 researches, he recently developed his own therapeutic manual therapy techniques- “Krishna’s Kinetikinetic Manual Therapy (KKMT)” which has already become part of national curriculum by the ministry of higher education, Cameroon and is being taught in several countries.

“I dream to witness the Victoria University with many researches, patents and initiatives useful to the community. I want us to be relevant. I don’t want my students to be a grade and marks scoring machine but an influential and successful citizen of this global village.” says Dr. Krishna.

 

Governments Must Increase Transparency As A Tool To Fight Corruption

Ross Campbell, director public sector – Institute Of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW’s) was in Uganda for the 4th Africa congress of accountants that took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo from 2nd – 5th May 2017 under the theme ‘accountancy & accountability: transforming Africa’s economies’.

In this interview, he speaks about public finance management, corruption, donor funding and good corporate governance practice. Below are the excerpts: 

What does public finance management generally entail?

At its highest level public finance management entails ensuring that public funds are spent in accordance with the public good, that this spending represents value for money and that the continued expenditure is sustainable within realistic projections of government revenue.

This also requires good record keeping to ensure accountability to tax payers, effective risk management, and, critically, that future spending plans can be financed wisely which then promotes the creation of a stable economy.

What are the strong pillars that make up an effective public finance management system?

There are many pillars which support the creation and functioning of a stable and effective public finance management system. Among them are:

  • A strong accounting profession with qualified individuals who hold internationally recognised professional qualifications.
  • Robust international standards for accounting and audit to which professionals must adhere.
  • A strong independent audit profession which promotes transparency and accountability.
  • Ensuring that those holding senior management finance roles are appropriately qualified.
  • Creating and implementing appropriate systems and processes to guide the profession and ensure that professionals operate with integrity and accountability.
  • Publishing comprehensive information about public finances to promote trust in the profession.

Despite the enactment of a number of public finance management reforms since the 1990’s, Uganda continues to face many scandalous cases of misappropriation of public funds. What steps would you advise the government of Uganda to take to curb the vice of corruption altogether?

The single most important thing that any government can do to address corruption, whether in the present or the future, is to increase transparency by publishing up-to-date information which clearly and concisely presents how public funds have been used and what benefits these have resulted in for the society. This must be backed up by a strong independent audit function. In so doing, the government makes it much more difficult, if not impossible, for individuals who seek to engage in corrupt activities.

The public service has been riddled with corruption scandals mainly because of the weaknesses within financial management in government entities. What recommendations would you give to solve weak accountability that comes with soft controls and widespread corruption within the political and bureaucratic frameworks?

In order to bring in strong controls you need people who understand what such a system looks like and how it operates. Generally speaking, these are professionally qualified accountants or auditors who have successfully achieved very rigorous qualification, usually of an international standard.

Moreover, these professionals will be held to standards of behaviour by the professional body with which they qualified, with disciplinary consequences if any unethical behaviour on their part has been proven. In fact, this is a key requirement to address accountability: there must be consistent and enforced controls which safeguard the integrity of the profession.

Continuous corruption in Uganda has prompted several donor agencies to suspend budget support to Uganda over the years since 2012. What advice would you give regarding attracting these donors back?

Fundamentally, these donors have to trust the system. In order to either build or regain their trust, governments who require this funding, whether in Uganda or elsewhere in the world, must bring in reforms to ensure there is strong oversight and that that system of oversight and audit is itself subject to quality checks.

And the more independent that system is of government and the more it uses international standards for quality assurance and good practice, the more confidence these donors will have in it. This is the most critical way of restoring confidence and proving to these donor agencies that their support is appreciated and that their concerns are being seriously addressed.

The effectiveness of Uganda’s public finance management has also been affected partly by limited internet, infrastructure coverage, and a shortage of technical capacity expertise to operate the systems. What is your advice on improving Uganda’s public finance management?

Any system, in order to be effective, must be supported by a strong infrastructure which includes having professionals with the necessary skills and qualifications, systems that are resilient and capable of supporting the management and clear, transparent and auditable business processes. All three must be implemented together as they support each other. Having one without the others is not enough to ensure a robust public finance management system.

Citizens in Uganda continuously feel hard-pressed with taxes. How better can government of Uganda articulate the importance of paying tax to its citizens?

Again, this is a question of trust. In any society, the people must see how their taxes are being used and what benefits they are receiving. In other words, governments must justify the implementation of various forms of taxation. This is done, as mentioned earlier, through the publication of clear, concise, comprehensive, and independently audited information about public finances to promote trust in the profession and that their money will not be misappropriated. Only then will people believe in the importance of paying taxes. 

Should the government of Uganda be accountable to its citizens for each expenditure? If so, how?

Yes, of course. Any government must if it wishes to build trust in the system of public financial management. The way to do it, again, is through the publication of clear, concise, comprehensive, and independently audited information regarding how funds have been used and the benefits to society.

Graduates Get Employment Tips

There is always that desire to get your dream job right after university. Actually many young people refuse to take on lesser jobs waiting for the big dream job to come their way. However Rajiv Ruparelia, the promoter of Victoria University thinks otherwise.

While speaking at the second graduation of Victoria University at Kabira Country Club last week said this could be a wrong approach most times to many graduates. Rajiv, a youthful successful entrepreneur, advised that starting at the lower ranks of a working environment prepares you to grow professionally.

“The mistake many of you make is that you want to be Managing Directors after university, no, this is wrong. Start at the lower ranks and grow within the system. This prepares you to excel and gives you experience.” Rajiv, also Managing Director of Ruparelia Group said. 

Twenty three students walked away with degrees in different disciplines while two took home diplomas. The university acting Vice Chancellor Godfrey Nyakana said about 150 students earned certificates in different courses but most notably in oil and gas management.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the promoter of Victoria University

Three students earned a bachelor of nursing science, five students graduated with bachelor of midwifery science, six students were awarded a bachelor of public health and one student got a bachelor of computer science.

Also, one student got a bachelor of IT, two students got a bachelor of banking and finance, and other two students got a bachelor of business administration while one student each got a diploma in social work and social administration and business information systems.

The Chancellor of Victoria University in Kampala Dr. Martin Aliker called on graduating students of Victoria University to add value to society by being compassionate.  

“I want to take this opportunity to thank parents who have come here for supporting and funding the education of your children. To the students go out and add value to society. Be compassionate.” Dr Aliker counseled graduates at the graduation ceremony.

Joseph Nyakaana, the university vice chancellor said the University currently boosts of 199 students undertaking studies in the four faculties. He advised graduates not to sit on their laurels because they have graduated. He noted that graduating is no achievement compared to what awaits them in the employment world.

 

 

 

 

KISU – The Global Village School In Uganda

The culture diversity at Kampala International School Uganda also known as KISU is not one you can find in many places. The school was established in 1993 as Kabira International School with a population less than 70 students is home to students from 55 nationalities. These are students of different age groups.

The school which sits on 14 acres of land can easily pass as the best international school in the country. It has some of the best classroom teaching and learning tools and facilities like science labs, computer labs, practice music rooms, three performance areas, and indoor gym, outdoor basketball court, a 25m eight-lane competition pool, libraries, five acres of playing fields and smart boards in most classrooms.

English national curriculum

The school adopted the English National Curriculum for the Primary School through Year-9 in the Secondary School. After that, the school management says, students study for the internationally recognised Cambridge IGCSE (examined in Y11) and IB Diploma (examined in Y13).

Steve Lang, the school director, says the curriculum ensures that rigorous educational standards are maintained and that progression of educational experience is monitored. The IB Diploma is generally regarded as the university entrance programme of choice often preferred above national requirements. “The curriculum has been adapted to reflect the international diversity of our school community and its location in Uganda,” said Lang.

The school manager note that academic excellence is achieved through high expectations, strong motivation, a challenging curriculum, constant encouragement and excellent teaching. The school offers a friendly and imaginative environment where students are encouraged to discover and develop individual talents, whether they are intellectual, creative or sporting.

Lang reveals that a good education is about far more than what takes place in the classroom explaining that it is about guiding the whole person towards his or her full potential.

“A great school helps students to develop qualities as learners and leaders that will serve them well throughout their adult lives such as resilience, empathy, creativity, commitment, adaptability, self-confidence and humility,”

“A great school helps students to acquire transferable skills like teamwork, analysis, problem-solving, effective communication, evaluation, active listening, reflection and research; and it helps students to shape and consolidate their values such as tolerance, integrity, altruism and hard work. KISU is such a school,”

Celebrating culture richness

Asked in an interview if managing hundreds of children from different cultural background is not a hard task, Lang says no, that it is very easy. “If you can move around say at play time or lunch time you will very commonly see different friendship group made of kids from different continents. We are completely color blind and completely inclusive about each other’s cultures,”

Lang, who has been at the school for slightly over a year, says children see the cultural diversity as ‘a positive’ and an opportunity ‘to learn about other different parts of the world’. “And you know we talk of a global village, which better school to go than this one with this kind of cultural richness to prepare you for an experience in a global village,”

One of the programs at the school to harness this cultural diversity is putting in place what they call culture international day were classes are closed and students of different age groups miggle to interact and know about each other’s culture, nationality and make friends.

“This is a day were we celebrate our multiculturalism and tremendous variety that we have. At KISU, we have about 55 nationalities represented in our student body, 12 % of our student body is Ugandan and the rest comes from the rest of the world and to us it is a source of great joy and richness. We are enriched by these cultures and we learn about each other.

So we take off a day were normal lessons are cancelled, it is the last day of second term and we dress the way you are seeing, in our cultural attires (national dress), we bring our national food. We partake in each other’s different cultural activities particularly things that suit children and we enjoy each other.

But with this diversity comes with challenges like language barrier. KISU is a predominantly English speaking school but it has a program where students who come with no knowledge of the English language are trained by professionals called English as a national language teachers up to a level where they can participate in all the learning at the school as soon as possible.

The teaching is cosmopolitan and Lang says most teachers have a teaching background in the UK or with the UK systems. While many teachers come the UK, many are Ugandans, Russians, American, French and from other parts of the world.

 

 

Ugandans Need To Do Better In Promoting Uganda

As the International Associations of Athletics Federation World Cross-country event that was held over the weekend unfolded, there was so much noise about what could have been done to promote it even better than we did. The event falls under the sports tourism section that Uganda neglects when it comes to promoting what the country offers.

An event of such heavy magnitude brings so many nations in one country with some of the biggest media houses camping in the city to get ready for the final day. Away from covering the city with Ugandan flags like we do during independence week, what more could have been done?

Publicity
Maybe most people do not understand how PR is for events and marketing, but without it most campaigns are not relatable to the masses. Well planned PR strategies give a human face to whatever you try to market. Sheilah Nduhukire, a journalist with NTV Uganda, remarked on Saturday how it is important to not assume the media is an extension of your PR department. If you do not make effort to reach out and give them a storyline, how are they going to help you create a big cloud of publicity? You do not put up banners, billboards and street pole advertising for a big event just days to the d-day.

Journalists are there to carry 10% of your marketing but you are supposed to do the heavy lifting. The PR plans and how to execute them should be something worked on for months before the campaign kick-starts. Do not expect journalists to be there ready to take whatever you throw at them, they have many companies and issues in the country to cover.

Teamwork
The whispers and meeting about the IAAF event started at around December 2016, although the actual planning started in January 2017. Yet, it didn't look as well planned. According to someone involved in the planning, the event was a battle of wills of who of the major bodies is above the other when it comes to execution. With cards held close to their own offices, how do you expect to jointly use a huge event to promote the country when everyone wants to take individual credit.

Actual Branding
When you looked at the track where the athletes were running from, all you saw were placards of the Ministry of Education And Sports, Tourism Uganda to mention but a few. Everyone knows that sports fall under the Ministry of education and sports so why not put up well branded pictures of what the sector has done to promote sports in the country? Happy children running track in a stadium or maybe the cranes playing ball? Something that speaks work and the brand the ministry is supposed to advertise. Instead of Ugandan Tourism banners, why not throw in beautiful pictures of the scenery. The commentator subtly promoted Uganda more than most Ugandans did at the event. This is evident in most of the international events that Uganda hosts, we have not become creative with branding yet we have so much to play with.

Artistry
We usually use these huge events to promote our vast cultures with the Ndere Troupe always ready to show some Kiganda/ Kigisu or Kikiga dance for the guests; but why not go even further by promoting the other artistry? The ushers could have been dressed in something sporty made by one of our designers in the country. If you had looked closely you could have noticed the beautiful ladies handing over medals to the guests were dressed in gorgeous heels. Why weren't those ladies wearing some of those well made heels with Ugandan fabrics on them? Some of these small things people pick up on when looking at the TV when the event is dragging.

Planned Tours
Yes we are very good at showing people around our country but we need to do a well planned tour for the visitors. When most people travel to new countries, some of the first things they want to try out is the local cuisine. Yet, the athletes were being sent fast food restaurants when the local food ones were just in close proximity.
If the athletes can't make it to the countryside to see the animals plus the lush greenery of the hills. Bring it to them, all those beautiful visuals of the country would have worked well around the track.

History
How can a country that has such a rich history neglect cataloguing and taking care of it. The Uganda museum is now a place you don't want to sit in for longer than 20 minutes. Most of the beautiful relics are dusty and left to rot while the toilets leave you wishing you didn't drink all that water. We can do better than just blankets and wine at the Uganda Museum. It should be part of our most valued sites in the country, it should be respected and protected.

That being said, congratulations to Jacob Kiplimo for that Gold win. You made history.

 

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