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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Staff knowledge building

RIC-NET staff joined the rest of the participants in  various courses that were conducted by MS-TCDC Arusha-Tanzania.
The one week course that ran from 13th-17th October 2014 attracted participants from different countries among which were Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Courses like Tax justice campaign, Social Accountability, Data Analysis (using SPSS) among others were offered and that is what the 3 RICNET staff enrolled for as these are in their line of work.

The trainings were completely practical giving the context of real world in relation to what is being done and the staff returned with the skills and knowledge to continuously support them in their day to day work.
It was such a great opportunity for the knowledge gained at this wonderful institution. Participants were later awarded certificates of participation and attendance.
RICNET staff receiving a certificate after the course.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Did Uganda wait too long before it announced Marburg case?

John Silco report to Radio France international on Marburg
Did Uganda wait too long before it announced Marburg case?07 Oct 2014
In Uganda, the health ministry says it is monitoring almost 100 people suspected of having contracted the Marburg virus, after they were in contact with an infected person who died. Monday's statement comes after the government confirmed that a 30-year-old man died of the disease in a Kampala hospital, on September 28th. In 2012, an outbreak of the same virus killed 10 people in Uganda. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has assured the public that the government can deal with any outbreak. But residents of Kass - a district in Western Uganda where the man was buried - are worried. John Silco Murugahara - a coordinator of an interfaith program in Kass - told RFI's Sonia Rolley that the government waited too long to announce the outbreak. 

Techies club iii in Lira.

The event that took place on 2nd and 3rd October 2014 at 291 suits hotel in Lira District saw most ICT officers of several C4C projects walk away with several skills.
The workshop whose theme was “Computer maintenance and troubleshooting” was very interactive and participatory.
Mr. Andrew giving his presentation
The workshop that attracted officers from UNHCO, Computers for schools, LACCODEF the hosts, Health Child, I-Network, Diocese of Jinja, Pope Johns’ hospital-Aber (UCMB), and RWECO was facilitated by Mr. Andrew the Lecturer Makerere Business school and also an ICT consultant with CFSU.
He took participants into several sessions including among others, ICT management, ICT equipment maintenance, how to train others, Developing an Organisational ICT policy, Procurement, depreciation and disposal of ICT assets, : ICT support contract management and several practical sessions.
Participants at a practical session.
Pamela Kiria from I-Network also led a discussion on ICT and gender and several issues were discussed including why there are few ladies compared to males in the ICT sector and the way forward to bring more on board.
The project end users from Agwata Primary school presented the benefits and challenges they’ve had with the project where LACCODEF supported them with ICT equipment. It was a nice experience and later on day two the team visited Agwata primary school in Dokolo District 35kms from Lira town.

The team resolved to have the next techies in Kampala which will be the forth.