Mothers of Nodding Victims Receive UGX 10 Million

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The money is meant to support mothers in Odek sub-county Omoro district. It will be put in the womens Savings and Credit group where the women can borrow and save.

The National Medical Stores and National Drug Authority have contributed 10 million shillings to mothers of Nodding children.

The money that was handed over to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah on Thursday is meant to support mothers in Odek sub-county Omoro district. The money will be put in the women's Savings and Credit group where the women can borrow and save.

Led by the Chairperson National Drug Authority, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, and Dr Moses Kamabare, the General Manager National Medical Stores (NMS), the team said they raised the funds from the staff of the two organisations.

Bitekyerezo said that they were prompted to make the contribution following their visit to Omoro district where they discovered that the women lacked domestic requirements and other needs to care for the affected children.

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Oulanyah expressed his gratitude to NMS and NDA saying that the women caring for the sick children cannot take part in any income generating activities because they spend most of the time taking care of the sick children.  

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In March, the government earmarked 1.4bn shillings to support nodding syndrome.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.