Agness Achan eats vegetables in her kitchen. She is among a growing number of Ugandan girls and women who struggle with eating disorders.
(Photo by Edna Namara for GPJ Uganda)

Western eating disorders hit Uganda, hurting teen girls’ health

Eating disorders are on the rise in Uganda as the country is increasingly influenced by images from around the world.
Oct 19, 2016
A medical staff member gives a vaccination at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. (Edna Namara, GPJ Uganda)

Anti-vaccine parents in Uganda face jail time under new law

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children could now face six months in jail or a fine under a Ugandan law that went into effect in March.
Aug 23, 2016
Aburu beads quickly, she says: she can make almost an entire necklace in the time it takes her to watch an episode one of her favorite crime shows on Netflix, How to Get Away with Murder.

Self-taught fashion designer draws from Ugandan upbringing

Shalom Aburu's designs will turn heads at Bellevue Fashion Week Independent Designer Runway Show in September.
Jul 5, 2016
SAFE officer Teddy Namirimu and Barnabas Bwambare, of Adapt+ Limited, inspect freshly-made briquettes. (Photo  by Edna Namara, GPJ Uganda)

Uganda green energy program also keeps refugee women safe from assault

A program that produces energy-saving stoves could keep girls and women safe and has possible benefits to the environment and fighting hunger.
Jun 2, 2016
Break dancing in Uganda during the Obumu Media Lab workshops earlier this year. (Photo by Scott Macklin)

Positive moves for East African youth on display in Belltown

Ziwa will be showing until the end of July at the 2312 Gallery. All proceeds from art sold at the show go directly to arts education organizations.
Jul 10, 2014
Young men play soccer in Uganda, which now has one of the world's harshest anti-homosexuality laws. (Photo by Scott Macklin)

Pride and Prejudice: Life under Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

It's easy to assume the world is getting progressively more tolerant toward LGBT rights. But in Uganda, things are getting worse — and fast.
Jun 27, 2014
Alpacas: the cutest way to alleviate poverty in Peru. (Photo courtesy Heifer International)

No strings attached: the new experiment in international giving

What happens when donors give directly to the world’s poor, without any conditions or accountability?  
Sep 16, 2013
A newborn in Amuria District Hospital, Uganda. The majority of Uganda's 100,000 malaria deaths each year are children under 5. (Photo courtesy Pilgrim Africa)

Seattleites and Ugandans join forces against Malaria

“Let me take you to Uganda with me.” That’s how Dr. Ben Khingi began his presentation last Thursday evening at the Washington Global Health Alliance. The crowd was mostly of global health professionals who were eager to join Dr. Khingi on his virtual journey. Through a series of startling images and vivid descriptions, Dr. Khingi […]
Oct 11, 2012
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Tacoma man faces steep prison term in Nicaragua, eye-controlled TVs and Uganda’s first little league team

Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to a 22-year prison term. Purcal, a realtor and former Peace Corps volunteer, has spent the last 23 months on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering. A UN working group reviewing […]
Aug 31, 2012
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The international fight for gay rights comes to Seattle

The national conversation about LGBT rights has reached a fever pitch. On Wednesday, President Obama confirmed his opinion that same-sex marriage should be legal, becoming the first sitting president to publicly support one of the most controversial civil rights issues of our time. Just the day before, North Carolinians voted to ban same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions, becoming the […]
May 11, 2012
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Kony 2012 covers the night… sort of

Last night was supposed to be the big night. After a record breaking viral video and over 1400 likes on the local Facebook event page, the youth mobilized by the Kony 2012 campaign were supposed to come out in force to “Cover the Night”. They were to blanket Seattle, and the rest of the country, […]
Apr 21, 2012
(Photo: Jaqueline Koch/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research)

Reporter’s Notebook: Covering cancer in the developing world

As a reporter I’ve been covering global health issues for about 15 years.  For most of that time, the talk has been all about HIV, TB, and malaria. Lately, neglected tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes have joined the mix. But cancer? Are people in poor countries even living long enough to get it?  Isn’t […]
Feb 24, 2012
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Ten countries that were ahead of Washington on same-sex marriage

After a vote in the Washington state Senate last night, we’re just a few small steps away from becoming the seventh state in America to approve same-sex marriage. As a long-time bastion of gay culture and gay rights activism, many believe it’s about time. We Seattleites pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of […]
Feb 2, 2012