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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Tree climbing lion cub.

The population of Ugandan tree-climbing lions is growing

One of the only populations of Ishasha tree-climbing lions in the world resides in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). Unfortunately, the population faces numerous threats such as loss of habitat, climate change, and illegal wildlife trade. The small group of lions only includes Read More...

Medicine for treatment of HIV infection called antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Decline in orphanhood as HIV treatment increases

Sub-Saharan Africa was hit by an epidemic of HIV, starting from the 1980s. With it came death, resulting in an increase in orphanhood for the children left behind. Studies have associated individuals left in this situation with an increased rate of adverse mental and physical health Read More...

A tree gets planted in Uganda

A tree gets planted in Uganda every time a baby is born 9,000 km away

In 2008, a tree-planting charity called the Size of Wales set off to plant a new tree in Wales for every baby born or adopted in order to offset carbon emissions. After reaching its national targets, the scheme extended its efforts to Mbale, a hilly, heavily deforested area of Eastern Uganda that Read More...

Medical drone delivery project

Medical drone delivery project to service remote communities in Uganda

Advancements in modern medicine allow for multitudes of medical problems to be managed by the individuals who live with them, but what good are these advancements to those living in remote areas if they aren’t accessible? Ensuring that remote communities have equitable access to modern Read More...

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Ambitious reforestation project will plant 3 million trees in Uganda

Successful efforts of reforestation and wildlife conservation typically go hand in hand with involving local communities in the process. Not only does this tap into valuable local knowledge around the issue but it also enables local communities to sustain these efforts in the future. This is Read More...

Mud stoves are helping Ugandan

Mud stoves are helping Ugandans solve their country’s deforestation crisis

With only 10 percent of Uganda’s rural population connected to the power grid, people have no other choice but to use firewood as the main source of fuel to cook, leading to one of the worst deforestation rates in the world. In fact, every year, 2.6 percent of the country’s forests are cut Read More...

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Startup in Uganda upcycles plastic bottles into building materials and PPE

The city of Gulu, Uganda, is six hours from the nearest recycling plant – so most plastic bottles collected in the city end up trashed or burned. However, in a small pilot facility that’s now operating behind a restaurant in the city’s downtown, a startup called Takataka Plastics is testing a Read More...

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Architects have created a replicable self-sustaining surgical center in Uganda

Roughly 5 billion people lack any form of safe or affordable surgery, leading to millions of deaths annually worldwide. In response, architects have created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility to provide ambulatory surgical procedures for underserved populations in resource-poor Read More...

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Endangered mountain gorilla sees its population grow

For decades, mountain gorillas have been subjected to uncontrolled hunting, disease, habitat loss and the ravages of human conflict. Their numbers plummeted, and they are now considered endangered. But it appears that the great primates are ending the decade on a positive note. A new survey has Read More...

Activism for beginners

Activism for beginners

How three friends rescued hundreds of Uganda's child soldiers. Marco Visscher | July/August 2010 issue Lauren Grace had never read a piece of Congressional legislation. “It’s pretty dry reading,” she says. But one January night this year, the 25-year-old University of Oklahoma student Read More...