Water and Sanitation
Access to clean water is a key factor in reducing poverty, improving health and achieving sustainable development.
Freeing women and young girls from the back-breaking work of travelling long distances to collect water contributes to achieving gender equity and improves economic possibilities for families, as women have more time for income-generating activities, and young girls can attend school (Watkins et al., 2006).
Improved health from contamination-free water not only promises a better quality of life, but eases pressure on healthcare systems, and can drastically reduce the number of work days missed from ill health.
Together, unclean water and poor sanitation are a leading cause of child mortality. children die every day from diarrhoea, spread through poor sanitation and hygiene. Women are more than twice as likely as men to be responsible for water collection.
On average, women and girls in developing countries walk six kilometres each day to collect water – time which could be spent in school or at work. Additionally, more than half of girls who drop out of primary school in sub-Saharan Africa do so because of a lack of separate toilets and easy access to safe water.
Sts Uganda is working togather with the community and other developing agencies to ensure the community is availed with clean water,Compaigns are in place to improve sanitation is the community through sentisation,Joint cleaning Campaigns in schools,Homes,Hospitals and Tradings centres in Yumbe District.