Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)


The main task of this intervention is to provide WASH facilities and services, to empower the communities in properly managing and utilizing the available water potential efficiently and effectively in a sustainable manner. The major activities and outputs include mobilization and organization of communities, hygiene and sanitation education, training and capacity building, construction of safe water supply schemes and sanitation facilities; water works designs and socioeconomic studies, monitoring and evaluation, provision of operation and maintenance tools.

In the course of 2010, the UN general assembly and human rights council explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. It’s derived from the right to adequate standard of living as stipulated in art. 11 of the international covenant on economic, social and culture rights treaties hence it’s part of international human right law. According to more recent research by water aid entitled tackling the silent killer the case for sanitation 2008, the combined impact of inadequate sanitation as a driver of diseases typically malnutrition, diarrhea, endemic cholera, respiratory and parasitic infections make inadequate sanitation the biggest killer of children under five, leading to the deaths of approximately 2.4 million children each year worldwide This amounts to it being a largely ignored health crisis. Sanitation is the single most cost-effective major public health intervention to reduce child mortality according the World Bank (2006) report on disease control priorities in developing countries (second edition).

There is an unacceptably weak response to the water and sanitation crisis in the rapidly expanding slum areas of Uganda.

The evidence from developing and developed countries alike is that when it comes to sanitation, there is no single development intervention that brings greater public health returns. For every $1 invested in sanitation, it is estimated that at least $9 is returned to national economies in increased productivity and a reduced burden of healthcare according to Hutton et al, UNDP (2006) The reward for providing good sanitation services to the urban poor is healthier and more prosperous environments for cities and settlements in the future.

There is an unacceptably weak response to the water and sanitation crisis in the rapidly expanding slum areas of Uganda. Without a serious commitment to redress the low financing priority given to sanitation and water in housing and urban development, and slum upgrading, the growing challenge of urbanization risks setting off an unmanageable health, education and economic crisis.

Accomplishments

Christ in touch foundation has managed to reach 5,000 households through its cleanup campaigns, we have seen these campaigns mitigating diseases throughout our coverage, we are very thankful to see people learn and adapt to good sanitation and hygiene practices, sensitizations in form of workshops and the cleanups would not have been possible without the alliance of stakeholders and donors who made it their mission to see the foundation achieving its goals. The foundation has partnered with different stakeholders starting from grass root levels to global level to see to it that institution inclusion is manifested in our operations which further development. The foundation has advocated for clean water supply from other institution which have enough funding to stand a need and so further the results are very promising. Though the foundation has achieved success in these activities within this intervention, there is a lot of challenges that stumble the progress of our water, sanitation and hygiene projects which calls for new funding prospects to enable us touch both the marginalized people within slums and the hard to reach areas in our areas of operation. The foundation has already prioritized and benchmarked key projects that need funding and vital to child survival and human and slum development.

  1. Construction of 20 community latrines and hand washing facilities
  2. Cesspool vehicle is needed to manage filled latrines
  3. 40 Water facilities across the slum spectrum
  4. Capacity building in relation to maintenance and management.