Many people in Uganda struggle with health problems due to the combination of poverty, poor nutrition and limited knowledge of good hygiene. The availability of safe drinking water and latrines is a big problem. Uganda’s government aims to ensure that all inhabitants have access to safe drinking water by 2015. This goal is nowhere near being achieved. About half the population still uses untreated surface water as drinking water.
- Capital: Kampala
- Under-five mortality rate: 99 per 1,000
- Maternal mortality rate: 310 per 100,000
- Life expectancy (M/F): 48 / 57
- Adolescent fertility rate (girls aged 15-19 years): 159 per 1,000
- Proportion of population without access to improved drinking water-sources: 28%
- Proportion of population without access to improved sanitation: 66%
Simavi's strategic focus for Uganda
In Uganda, Simavi will strive towards consolidation of its current WASH intervention package and work towards strengthening the health component of the programme. Simavi will continue its role as Country Lead of the Dutch WASH Alliance, and continue to focus on Western Uganda. We will consolidate support to the UWASNET WASH Policy influencing and Budget tracking Program, and the HEWASA / JESE implementation program under the umbrella of the WASH Alliance program. We will seek to continue support to EMESCO’s Integrated Primary Health Care project.
In the mean time, we plan to strengthen the innovative capacities of our partners as well as their gender mainstreaming capacities. We plan to expand our partnership base in health care interventions, by identifying and building a relation with one or two partner organizations capable of implementing health activities complementary to our WASH program, focusing on planned parenthood and safe motherhood from a rights based perspective.