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Health technology company, this site Royal Philips has Thursday announced the upcoming release of a Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor, what is ed aimed to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia in low-resource countries.

The automated breathing rate monitor will potentially prevent many of the 935, adiposity 000 childhood deaths caused by pneumonia each year.

According to Royal Philips, the children’s monitor has the potential to assist community health workers in establishing a more accurate measurement of a sick child’s breathing rate to help improve the diagnosis of pneumonia.

Reports say each year, pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, and remains the leading infectious cause of death among children under-five, killing nearly 2,500 children a day, with most victims under two years of age.

Specialists say one important aspect in diagnosing pneumonia is monitoring a child’s breathing rate.

In many emerging markets, community health workers manually count through visual inspection, how many breathsa child takes in the span of one minute.

But achieving an accurate count can be difficult, as shallow breaths are hard to detect, children often move around and there may be distractions and other checks to perform.

The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor converts chest movements detected by accelerometers into an accurate breathing count, using specially developed algorithms.

The monitor not only provides quantitative feedback, but also qualitative feedback to the healthcare provider based on the World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness guidelines to diagnose fast breathing rates, which is one of the key vital signs to diagnosing pneumonia.

Accurate diagnosis of breathing counts would support health workers in administering the antibiotics that children with pneumonia need, potentially preventing many of the deaths caused by pneumonia each year.

Additionally, accurate diagnosis could help rationalize the use of antibiotics, by potentially reducing unnecessary costs and antibiotics overuse rates, which contributes to the rise of drug-resistant diseases.

“The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor will be a game changer in diagnosing and treating pneumonia,” said Salim Sadruddin, Senior Child Health Advisor at NGO, Save the Children.

“If we can remove the subjectivity associated with health workers counting breaths, we can improve the quality of treatment and help improve patient outcomes,” she added.

“As a leading health technology company, Philips’ vision is to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation,” said JJ van Dongen, CEO Philips Africa.

“Today, the population growth is highest in emerging markets like Africa and South East Asia, and innovation can help drive sustainable solutions that bridge the divide between the privileged and lesser privileged sections of society to improve the quality of life at all levels,“ he added.

The development of the Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor has been a result of collaboration between the Philips Africa Innovation Hub located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Philips Research team in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and the Philips Innovation Campus in Bangalore, India.

The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor is pending CE-marking and is expected to become commercially available from the second quarter of 2016.
Uganda and the Climate Investment Funds (CFI) are Thursday celebrating the endorsement of the country’s renewable energy investment plans under the CIF’S dedicated fund for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP).

SREP funding of $50 million will help advance geothermal exploration, price solar photovoltaic net metering, the building of mini-grids and the development of wind power in the east African country.

Uganda is placing energy at the forefront of its social economic development.

“With a population of 35 million, more than 29 million people in Uganda do not have access to electricity,” says SREP senior program coordinator Zhihong Zhang.

The SREP funding endorsed today, he says, “will help tackle this challenge by supporting Uganda in developing indigenous renewable energy resources and will offer opportunities for development even in remote areas of the country.”

“Aside from hydropower, geothermal, solar power and wind all offer lots of potential for Uganda,” he added.

“Ugandans have the potential to change the energy sector in the country and attract investment from other sources in the long-run.”

According to James Baanabe, Uganda’s Commissioner of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Department in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development energy is the driver of social economic development.

“Adequate and reliable renewable energy is vital to our vision of becoming a prosperous country within 30 years,” Baanabe said.

“Uganda is blessed with a number of renewable energy sources.  SREP will contribute to the development of our renewable energy for the social and economic development of our country.” he added.
A Nakawa Court room this morning erupted in teary celebrations after Justice Wilson Masalu Musene sentenced 38 year old Edith Kayaga to life imprisonment having found her guilty of murdering three people who included her husband Ismail Kawooya and two of their children Nakubulwa Shakira and Namale Saida.

The judge deduced that prosecution had proven beyond doubt that Mrs Kiyaga, viagra dosage with all intent set her marital house in Buwaate, order Kiira Town Council on fire, killing her young children and husband.

He based his judgment majorly on the evidence provided by Kiyaga’s eleven year old son Akram Senfuka who survived the inferno; which evidence was collaborated by the rest of the prosecution witnesses.

“Akram’s told us that he accepted to come to this court because it was mother who burnt his father and siblings to death, in his watch,” he said.

Relatives of the deceased husband celebrate after the sentence

FINALLY: Relatives of the deceased husband celebrate after the sentence

The boy in his testimony stated that he saw his mother that night pour fuel from the generator
behind the fridge, before packing her clothes and money in her bag which she carried out of the house to a waiting. She then set off the fire in the living room and exited the house using the back door.

“The evidence of the accused was corroborated by other prosecution witnesses including Investigating officer Joseph Otim, who reported that the rescue team found only the hide door open.  The neighbors who rushed to the scene also confirmed that the fire started in the living room,” added the judge.

Kayaga was also pinned by the testimony of her father who told court that she rushed to his house after the incident, draped in an undamaged blanket and asked for a bra and a gomesi, which behavior the judge said was not expected of a person who had just lost her family in an inferno.

Kayaga breaks down upon being sentenced to life in prison

Kayaga breaks down upon being sentenced to life in prison

The fact that she did not attend the burial of the deceased court deduced, was evidence enough that she had interest in their demise.

Kayaga’s Counsel Anthony Wameli has asked for a lenient sentence of 12 years, since she was a first offender, widowed and on reform.

Highlighting the need to send out a strong message to society, Justice Masalu sentenced Kayanga to fifteen years on the first murder count, eighteen for the second, and eighteen for the third murder count well as a life imprisonment sentence for the count of arson.

UPDF General Ivan Koreta who has been on “Katebe” (undeployed) for the last two years has finally eaten big in a new role in the neighbouring South Sudan.

Gen. Koreta who rose to the rank of Deputy Chief of Defense Forces, view the second highest position in the Ugandan military, ed was dropped in 2013 and appointed Ambassador to a country that was never named.

Since 2013, Koreta, who was replaced by Lt Gen Charles Angina has been without official deployment and rarely seen in public save for UPDF ceremonial functions such as decorating promoted army officers.

However, of late, Koreta seems to be returning to work.

He was active during the burial arrangements of Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

President Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF, has now appointed the moustached bush war hero who commanded the 13th NRA Battalion that guarded the Kampala-Gulu Highway at Matugga during the battle to capture Kampala in 1986, to the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) team for South Sudan.

CTSAMM is tasked with ensuring the demilitarisation of Juba and putting in place adequate security measures to guarantee peace during the much-anticipated political transition in the volatile country.

Koreta will head the Ugandan group in the team which will be supervised by the regional body IGAD that mediated the talks in Addis Ababa.

The announcement was made by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador James Mugume at the Uganda Media Centre on Monday while announcing the official withdrawal of Ugandan forces from South Sudan.

The function was graced by the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala.

“Importantly, under the IGAD mediated agreement of 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Uganda is one of the guarantors of the peace process in South Sudan,” said Amb Mugume.

“Subsequently, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta has been appointed to the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM),” he added.

Meanwhile, the Field Monitoring Team charged with monitoring the contentious spots between the government and rebels are Maj Gen. Joram Mugume, Col. Kagoro Asingura and Maj. Fred Byegarazo Asaba.

The UPDF combat team in South Sudan under the command of 4th Division Commander, Brig. Kayanja Muhanga starts withdrawing from the war-torn country this week.

Who Is Lt. Gen. Koreta?

Lieutenant General Ivan Koreta, is a Ugandan military officer and diplomat.

He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces (DCDF), the second-highest position the Ugandan military.

He served in that capacity from 2005 until 2013, when was replaced with Lieutenant General Charles Angina.

Koreta also concurrently served as the Chairman of the General Court Martial, the second-highest military court in Uganda. He served in that capacity between 2006 and 2009


While still in his teens, he attended military training in Mozambique, as a member of FRONASA, a guerrilla group led by Yoweri Museveni.

He participated in the war that removed Idi Amin from power in 1979. When Museveni formed the National Resistance Army (NRA) in 1981, Ivan Koreta joined him.

During that war, referred to as the Ugandan Bush War, he became a battalion commander in the NRA. His military unit, the 13th NRA Battalion, was tasked to guard the Kampala-Gulu Highway at Matugga, during the battle to capture Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in April 1986.

Military Career

Over the years, since the National Resistance Army captured power and was subsequently transformed into the Uganda People’s Defence Force, Ivan Koreta has served in various roles including the following:

  • Commander of First Division of UPDF: 1986 – 1988 (at rank of Brigadier)
  • Deputy Director of Internal Security Organization (ISO): 1988 – 2001
  • Promoted to rank of Major General: 2001
  • Promoted to rank of Lieutenant General and appointed Commandant of Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka, being the first military officer to serve in that capacity: 2004
  • Appointed Deputy Commander of Defence Forces in Uganda: 2005
  • Appointed Chairman of the General Court Martial: 2006
  • Appointed Ambassador to a country yet to be named: 2013


Uganda Law Society (ULS) has expressed grave concern about the clashes between police and FDC political activists along Kampala-Mbarara highway this past Saturday, view Chimp Corps report.

Uganda Police said they acted to stop politicians and their supporters from travelling to Rukungiri to participate in what was described as an illegal campaign rally.

The reason advanced for the actions of the Uganda Police Force was that the intended political activities were illegal as no permission had been granted under the Public Order and Management Act.

ULS President Ruth Sebatindira said in a statement on Monday that the press captured and relayed events which showed officers of the Uganda Police Force actively participating in or encouraging acts which are “heinous, viagra buy inexcusable, viagra dosage grossly indecent and inhuman.”

She pointed out that the victims included senior opposition actors in the political landscape in Uganda, Members of Parliament, opposition political party leaders and ordinary Ugandans.

“These people were manhandled, roughed up and bundled onto waiting UPF pick-ups and transferred to various police stations. Another was carted away to a police station on a flat-bed carrier while remaining inside his vehicle,” said Sebatindira.

“A lady who was part of the travel party was dragged on the ground in public, had her clothes removed exposing her modesty in a manner that is repugnant to good conscience, respect for human rights and dignity,” she added.

“This conduct, particularly against the lady is a violation of Article 33 of the Constitution which grants full dignity to women particularly in view of their unique status and natural maternal functions in society.”

Police said in a statement on the same day that Fatuma Naigaga whose breasts were exposed during the fracas, “undressed herself, falsely claimed that security undressed her later and insulted the Police.”

Enanga said the “female political activist indecently exposing her nakedness, is a subject of investigation who will be charged in due course.”

Police maintain they will not allow presidential campaigns before nomination of candidates in November.

Sebatindira said ULS treats these events as an “unacceptable, unfortunate and a backward assault on Ugandans by those supposed to protect them.”

Good governance 

She said this conduct is not in tandem with the dictates of the Ugandan Constitution or good conscience.

“It does not portend a future of peace and stability. It is unnecessary, outlandish, undemocratic and an affront on the conscience of Ugandans.”

ULS urged Government to reign in and bring to book those among its regular and other forces involved in unlawful and unconstitutional conduct.

“We believe that a cowered population cannot give birth to a democratic nation. We believe that equality before the law is an essential element of democratic practice and that human dignity, whether for a man or a woman, must be preserved at all times,” said Sebatindira.

“If the rights of citizens are disrespected arbitrarily and voices of reason engaged in legitimate political activity are subjected to unending humiliation, the rule of law will be eroded and the social consequences will be disastrous for all.”

The law society demanded that Uganda Police Force carries out an investigation into this incident and take action against the perpetrators.

Sebatindira said Uganda Police Force must appreciate that their duty to protect and preserve law and order is not a “license to abuse and assault Ugandans or deny them enjoyment of their inherent rights and freedoms because these are not granted by the State or by the Uganda Police Force or its individual officers.”


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