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IMPROVING COMMUNITY HEALTH AND LIVELIHOODS IN UGANDA


  WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)   SRH (Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights)   Urban and rural Livelihoods programme  
  Impact 

Sanitisation of water in this slum (Bwaise) has been a huge success for the selected households within which the pilot model was executed. In this model the program promoted successfully new technologies that gave a clean energy alternative source for sanitisation of water. We did promote a Swedish based solar unit at household level whose mechanism to prepare water (safe for consumption) was easy to adapt to. The program successfully awarded 20 neediest households on merit and trained these on the usage of the technology.
 
 

 

Sample Success Stories


Betty stays in Bwaise (the most deprived and most congested slum in Uganda). As a single young mother of 6, Betty often gets overwhelmed with work as the father of her children decided to abandon their one roomed light-less house and went to live in Masaka with his new woman. For 4 months, Betty did not know why the son had swellings on his skin. Careless with water for long she thought her children were immune to water borne diseases until she met the Students Support and Philanthropy Program. Betty has since then learnt that her child can live without these worm related skin infections (which come as signs of worms) she has learnt that cleaning water is cheaper than her frequent visits to hospital. She has learnt that she is not alone.

For the mother! -– Contextualising the story, Short case study 
Ruth Nanduja in Katale zone had a routine so busy one would think she was a single mum. In a youth led household, the husband had gone back to the village to make ends meet with agriculture on the land that had been left to him by his late father. Ruth explains that she has a responsibility to keep hope in the family and keep them afloat until the husband comes through to meet most of their needs. It is because of this that Ruth joined the hawking business. Leaving her 6 children with their eldest, 13-year-old, sister, Ruth only relies on God to protect them until she gets back from work with the little she has. Routined to having sick children at least 5 times during the 7 days of the week, Ruth says that some diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and Typhoid have almost become the motto of the house.
Frequenting the local clinic, Ruth claims, at the time of the interview in May 2 to have spent about 50,000 shs in just the past two weeks. Cornered, Ruth hears about the Slum water sanitisation days that aspired to help people like her cut expenditure on health by adhering to simple affordable preventative methods approved by health workers. To her this was a worthwhile investment. With her daughters, Ruth has learnt the importance to follow-up on key sanitisation principles and she has since then cut expenditure on health by 25%. The SSPP specifically also targets such households.

 

 

 

 
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