To reduce the burden of sanitation related disease in poor peri-Urban and urban communities of Uganda, Amref Health Africa in Uganda with support from European Union has constructed 22 sanitation facilities and 20 ferro-cement rainwater harvesting tanks worth Ug. Shs 749,555,105 in 22 primary schools and communities in Kawempe division.
The intervention is under a 5 year project dubbed “Basic sanitation for Urban and Peri-Urban poor communities’ project” (2013-2017) implemented in four locations of Kawempe Division in Kampala; Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts.
The facilities were officially commissioned by the EU head of delegation in Uganda H.E Ambassador Kristian Schmidt, following their hand over to the beneficiaries by the Assistant Commissioner for Environmental health who represented the Minister for Health at the function. The commissioner was impressed by separate provision for boys, girls, and teachers, special rooms for disabled children and washrooms for accommodating menstrual needs of the girl child.
This was at an event organized by Amref Health Africa in Uganda together with Kampala Capital City Authority at Emiti Emito Primary school on May 12, 2015.
The total of 22 latrine blocks handed over to the school, once are all in use will provide access to improved sanitation to 9,602 children, bringing down the pupil- stance ration to an average of 1: 56 from 1: 85.
During the commissioning, EU head of delegation in Uganda, H.E Ambassador Kristian Schmidt lauded Amref Health Africa for this initiative and requested government to invest more in health development to prevent disease due to poor hygiene and sanitation.