With support from the African Development Bank, the Ugandan government has launched a flagship initiative — the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP) — aimed at establishing organized markets with registered vendors to enhance trading opportunities between rural and urban markets, including value addition.
Unpaid care work, which is disproportionately carried out by women because of unequal gender and social norms, is often invisible and undervalued in policy and economic contexts despite its fundamental importance to the functioning of society.
A number of countries and international organizations have stressed the need for integrated surveillance systems to comprehensively detect and monitor antimicrobial resistance (AMR), particularly in animal and environmental reservoirs.
Recent outbreaks of the highly infectious and dangerous Ebola virus in West and Central Africa underscore the importance of rapid diagnostics and surveillance infrastructure, evidence-driven health communications and community engagement activities, and an effective and well-coordinated emergency response to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in the face of emerging pandemic threats.
As confirmed by the WHO’s guidelines on risk communication and community engagement issued for the 2018 Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), research is a critical component to both outbreak control measures and future preparedness activities.