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Update on the HEAPI Case on Carbonated Drinks and Fast Foods

Uganda has over 40 million people. This predominantly youthful population is endangered. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill up to 100,000 people annually accounting for 35% of the total annual deaths in the country, as per the figures of Uganda Non- Communicable Diseases Alliance (UNCDA).

In 2019, Uganda lost 6,288 persons to diabetes related deaths. (International Diabetes Federation (IDF Diabetes Atlas 2019). Consumption of junk foods and unhealthy beverages has become a trendy lifestyle for most people. This has sparked an upsurge of chronic noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases.
Disturbed by these figures, HEAPI filed a human rights enforcement suit in the High Court (Civil Division) against the National Children Authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards, and the Attorney General on 6th January, 2020.

As per the suit, HEAPI seeks for a declaration that the Respondents’ failure and/or omission to effectively regulate advertisement and consumption of foods high in fats, salts and sugar (HFSS/junk/fast foods) and sugary beverages threatens the best interests of children insofar as their rights to health, adequate standard of living (adequate food), and dignity are concerned.

HEAPI is also praying for an order compelling manufacturers of sodas and fast foods to place health warnings on the packages of their products to enable consumers to make informed choices. The case is progressing well in the High Court of Uganda, Civil Division, Kampala before Honourable Justice Esther Nambayo.

We are soon closing submissions. More updates shall follow as soon as court submissions are closed.

For inquires about the case. Kindly send a mail to: info@heapi.ug or call +256772599462

 

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