Thematic Area 1

Access to Safe Water and Sanitation

In this Core Program, GWU focuses on Water treatment, Source of water, Source protection and Supply interventions, Water Quality Analysis, Education and Community training on water treatment technologies, handling and chain management.

SDG 6.1 aims to achieve “Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all” by 2030. However, by 2017, 785 million people lacked a basic drinking-water service and at least 2 billion people used a water source that was contaminated with faeces . Access to safe water and sanitation is a human right and a key determinant in all aspects of social, economic and environmental development. Currently, about 30% of Ugandans do not have access to safe drinking water and 75% lack access to improved sanitation facilities; 75% of all common diseases in Uganda are a direct result of lack of clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene. Subsequently, the outbreaks of cholera are common with the latest incidence recorded in December 2019 and the hotspots are found at the Western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and at the Eastern border with Kenya . The planned core program seeks to improve on this situation by increasing access to clean and safe water and Sanitation in areas of GWU operation.

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