The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) entails the provision of safe water for drinking and other domestic use, the safe disposal of waste (toilet and other waste) and health promotion activities to encourage protective healthy behavioral practices amongst the population.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) Challenges in Uganda
Nearly 90 percent of Uganda’s 37 million people live in small towns and rural areas, and roughly two thirds of them lack access to safe water. The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is also access to improved sanitation and adherence to good hygiene practices.
More Water Facts:
- Over half the population in Uganda lacks a safe place to go to the toilet.
- 8.8 million People in Uganda don’t have access to safe water. This is almost a quarter of the population.
- Over 22 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in Uganda, almost two thirds of the population.
- Over 12,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Uganda.
Our water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts are part of a full plan that addresses the many factors that perpetuate poverty. Water is foundational, but we don’t stop there. Our long-term, comprehensive model investing in communities also works to ensure sustainable improvements in health, education, economic development and food and agriculture production.
The overall goal of our water and sanitation projects is to ensure that rural communities have access to sustainable safe water sources and to improve the health and socioeconomic well-being of communities by reducing the incidence of water- and sanitation-related diseases through the provision of sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices.