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Promotion of hygiene and sanitation in northern Uganda by Water and Sanitation Development Facility North

Water and Sanitation Development Facility-North is providing water supply and sanitation facilities in the northern districts of Uganda. The programme covers three sub regions of West Nile, Acholi and Lango with 23 districts. The Water and Sanitation Development Facility North (WSDF-N) is a government of Uganda programme of Ministry of Water and Environment. WSDF-N is under Urban Water and Sewerage Services Department (UWSSD) of Directorate of Water Development (DWD). In terms of lessons learned in the five towns which are the subject of this paper, there are many pressing priorities. There is little attention paid to hygiene and sanitation activities which therefore entails constant sensitization to the community members. In terms of other key lessons, enforcement of the ordinances and by-laws by the trained enforcement officers and other responsible officers is needed in helping to improve hygiene and sanitation in northern Uganda. Another lesson is the provision of piped water and sanitation facilities which must move together. There is a need to have subsidies for especially poor communities whom need sanitation facilities. Another lesson is that WSDF-N Facility needs a standard and a strategy for sanitation facility provision among the community members. Finally, construction of Ecosan toilets is increasing with 15 Ecosan privately constructed in the towns. However; the community members who want to construct Ecosan toilets are challenged to access Ecopans. Ecopans are not readily available to the public and they are expensive, and therefore not affordable to many people. One final lesson is therefore that there is need to procure Ecopans in large numbers and to train masons to implement them. [authors abstract]

This three-day workshop aims to identify proven good practices in the sanitation and hygiene sector, as well as drawing lessons from failures to enter into the policy dialogue. It focuses on urban sanitation with an emphasis on learning and innovation in the sector. It was organised by : UNICEF, GTZ, WSSCC, WaterAid and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and hosted by the Rwandan Ministry of Health.

TitlePromotion of hygiene and sanitation in northern Uganda by Water and Sanitation Development Facility North
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJalameso, A.O.
Pagination8 p.; 1 tab.; 3 photographs
Date Published2011-03-31
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Keywordssmall community supply systems, uganda, use of facilities, water supply, water supply services
Abstract

Water and Sanitation Development Facility-North is providing water supply and sanitation facilities in the northern districts of Uganda. The programme covers three sub regions of West Nile, Acholi and Lango with 23 districts. The Water and Sanitation Development Facility North (WSDF-N) is a government of Uganda programme of Ministry of Water and Environment. WSDF-N is under Urban Water and Sewerage Services Department (UWSSD) of Directorate of Water Development (DWD). In terms of lessons learned in the five towns which are the subject of this paper, there are many pressing priorities. There is little attention paid to hygiene and sanitation activities which therefore entails constant sensitization to the community members. In terms of other key lessons, enforcement of the ordinances and by-laws by the trained enforcement officers and other responsible officers is needed in helping to improve hygiene and sanitation in northern Uganda. Another lesson is the provision of piped water and sanitation facilities which must move together. There is a need to have subsidies for especially poor communities whom need sanitation facilities. Another lesson is that WSDF-N Facility needs a standard and a strategy for sanitation facility provision among the community members. Finally, construction of Ecosan toilets is increasing with 15 Ecosan privately constructed in the towns. However; the community members who want to construct Ecosan toilets are challenged to access Ecopans. Ecopans are not readily available to the public and they are expensive, and therefore not affordable to many people. One final lesson is therefore that there is need to procure Ecopans in large numbers and to train masons to implement them. [authors abstract]

This three-day workshop aims to identify proven good practices in the sanitation and hygiene sector, as well as drawing lessons from failures to enter into the policy dialogue. It focuses on urban sanitation with an emphasis on learning and innovation in the sector. It was organised by : UNICEF, GTZ, WSSCC, WaterAid and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and hosted by the Rwandan Ministry of Health.

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