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Uganda Travel warnings

Travel Alert - Kony2012 - The Realities Of African Aid Travel

Now that the Kony2012 social media campaign has raised awareness of socio-political problems in central Africa, some people may be tempted to do more than join an online campaign, and may be thinking abut travelling to

Uganda Safety Guide

We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for Uganda.In the meantime here's some great information from the US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), which is part of the Bur

Uganda Tweets

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'Kill the Gays' bill will pass in Uganda by Christmas, says speaker of Ugandan parliament #ttot

over 4 years ago

Over A Dozen Missing Or Drowned Tragedy strikes lake travelers in Uganda -

almost 7 years ago

Uganda bombings death toll reaches 64. 1 American among world cup revelers killed. Uganda govt suspects Al Qaida link

about 7 years ago

European and US citizens reportedly among 23 dead in Uganda after bombs target world cup fans.

about 7 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Uganda

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .

    HIV in Africa

    109 Danes were infected with HIV in Africa between 1991 and 99. Africa is the continent with most HIV infected people. Overall about 8% of the population is infected with infection rates reaching up to 80% in risk groups like prostitutes.


    Meningitis due to meningococcus bacteria infect from person to person through the air. The vaccine protects against infection for 3 years after 1 vaccination. There are two vaccines: One protects only against type A and C. The other protects against A, C, W135 and Y and is used for travel to Saudi Arabia (especially Hajj) and West Africa.


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

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