Open defecation is still a challenge in Moroto district with only 15.6% pit latrine coverage, according to the district health report, 2017. This has left cases of diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, cholera and other sanitation related diseases high in the district.
Margret Kerisa, a resident of Kakoliye says imprisoning her husband means punishing the entire family. She explains that much as some of the men are violent in families, it is against culture to surrender them into prison, no matter the pain.
While the national average fertility rate stands at 5.4 percent, the levels in Karamoja are higher with 7.9 percent. The report shared by United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA with the regional leaders on Thursday shows that majority of the population in Karamoja are children with a average age of 15 years.
Dr John Anguzu, the District Health Officer in Nakapiripirit says while health personnel are struggling to ensure that all TB patients are treated, some skip or abandon treatment altogether. Dr Anguzu says some of the patients relocate and others ignore treatment just after a few days.
Joseph Telo, a resident of Rupa Sub County observes that while communities are taken by surprise on some land issues, the area leadership is ware of the process that land grabbers use to take over their land.
Despite the health threat, the consumption of raw blood remains a cherished cultural practice in parts of Karamoja. Over the years, the mixture of blood and milk has remained a delicacy among the Karimojong. Mixed blood and milk are also used as a ritual drink in special celebrations, or given to the sick.
A report from a study conducted by Platform for Labor Action in partnership with Ecological Christian Organization ECO and Education for Young People in Uganda Somero in August 2017 in Moroto and Bugiri districts on child labor shows that 75.3 of the children in the gold mines had chest pain.
Published in October 2017, the report shows that 35 percent of fathers encourage their daughters to go for FGM against 19 percent of mothers across Karamoja and Sebei sub regions. Amudat district registered the highest number of parents encouraging their daughters to get mutilated with 33 and 31 percent for fathers and mothers, respectively.
Lotee revealed that the FGM practice was borrowed by the Tepeth through intermarriages with Pokot of Uganda and Kenya. He wants the revival of the Tepeth language and strengthening of elders associations to help guide the young generati
In 2014/2015 financial year, Moroto had only two percent of the households with pit latrines. The district only added 1.2 percent in 2015/2016 financial year. However, in the 2016/2017 financial year, Moroto has been able to reach 15.6 percent in pit latrine coverage.
Hundreds of artisanal miners at Lolung small scale mines in Rupa Sub County, Moroto district, go for months without bathing or washing clothes due to water shortage. Mariko Munyes, now acting as the village chairperson, says they buy water from boda-boda cyclists who sell a 20-litre-jerrycan at between 2000 and 4000 shillings. Munyes notes that the cyclists ride more than 20 kilometres to access water for the mining community.