Entries by Maureen Agena

Civil liberties under threat on the streets and online in Uganda

Since 2011, Uganda has been the scene of protests against corruption, poor health care, education, unemployment and alleged nepotism in the current ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government. As a result, opposition parties and civic groups have since 2011 planned rallies that have been actively blocked by the police under what they call the “preventive […]

Samsung solar powered Mobile Health Centre(s) in Africa

2013 theme: “Journey of Wonders” I was privileged to attend the 4th Samsung Africa Forum that took place in Cape Town from 12th -17th March 2013. It was indeed a “journey of Wonders” that truly reflected this year’s theme.  A few years ago, not so much was known about Samsung products, but today, they have […]

The Girls Who Code in Kampala

In a city like Kampala, It’s not common that you find a group of over 50 girls seated in one room in the name of programming. Not because they are unable to, but because there exists a stereotype that programming is something for the male gender. This rare occurance came true during the  just concluded […]


“Gender based violence affects both Women and Men, for every bullet that shoots a man, kills a woman’s child ” This is the time of the year when the entire world pays attention to Gender based violence.  We are back at the 16 days of Activism against gender based violence, an annual international campaign dedicated […]

Too Young to be a mother: End Child Marriages

On 19th Sept 2012, one of the local Televisions in Uganda (NTV) broadcast a story of a 12 year child mother who gave birth in Gweri sub-county Soroti  a district Eastern Uganda.  The young girl whose names have been withheld was quoted to have said “I didn’t expect to get pregnant but I love my […]

Mobile phones for Family Planning in Uganda

As health practitioners, politicians and entrepreneurs from all walks of life gathered in London for the Family Planning Health Summit, the rest of the world commemorated World Population Day on July 11th 2012 with this year’s global theme being “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”. The focus of the family planning summit was to invest in family […]

A radio for the Farmer

In a typical village in rural Uganda and many parts of Africa, a radio is a very powerful tool which is mainly used to receive information within communities.  It’s used to broadcast lots of information ranging from death Announcements to talk shows about issues affecting the community. The benefits of radio, just like the mobile […]



In a continent where internet penetration is low, mobile technology especially phones can act as an empowerment tool for the majority of African people.  It is evident that in Africa, the existing digital divide is not going to be bridged with Computers and the internet .it is being overcome through Mobile phones which a great […]