Public welfare, Gender and health care



Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion

Sanitation and hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development. Uganda is challenged in providing adequate sanitation for their entire populations, leaving people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene related diseases. Throughout the country, an estimate of 5,000,000 people lacks basic sanitation. This is having access to facilities for the safe disposal of human waste (feces and urine), as well as having the ability to maintain hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection, industrial/hazardous waste management, and wastewater treatment and disposal.


Without immediate acceleration in progress, the country will not achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) sanitation target. Diarrheal disease, largely caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene, is a leading cause of malnutrition, stunting and preventable child mortality, claiming around 1,200 lives of children under five annually. Inadequate facilities also affect education and economic productivity and impact the dignity and personal safety of women and girls.
Over the past decade, the government of Uganda has taken numerous efforts to scale up sanitation and hygiene Yet, improvements have been slow compared to MDG and PEAP targets (72% and 80%). It is estimated that almost 65% of Uganda's disease burden is preventable and linked to poor hygiene and inadequate sanitation facilities and practices. Improvements in sanitation is identified as a key factor for reducing high Infant mortality.


Our interventions

We establish district and town water and sanitation committees, sensitize local leaders, improve enforcement of sanitation bylaws and we further improve collection and disclosure of information on sanitation and hygiene practices in the country.