May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, and the unity of our nation, renew your spirits this festive season. Merry Christmas and happy new year to your family.
(Meeting Jinja City Leadership on Fecal Sludge Waste Management)
Alliance Water Solutions (AWASO) is providing emptying services in Jinja City and the rest of eastern Uganda, this is done to reduce open defecation when the latrines are full in slums, schools, and areas near water bodies. Latrine/toilet emptying result in:-
- Decreased transfer of pathogens between feces and food by flies. These pathogens are major causes of infectious diarrhea, intestinal worm infections. Infectious diarrhea resulted in about 700,000 deaths in children under five years old in 2011 and 250 million lost school days.
- Prevention of Trachoma which thrives where there are water shortages, poor sanitation and infestations of flies, The agony and disability of blinding trachoma can lead to a cycle of poverty, limiting many people’s access to health services, education, and employment, 137 million people in 44 countries are at risk of going blind by Trachoma -Sightsavers
- Reducing the risk of Bilharzia which is a parasitic infection spread through contact with contaminated freshwater. People can reduce the infection by defecating and urinating in latrines. 29% of people two years of age and older in Uganda are infected with Bilharzia. Infection is highest in children two to four years of age at 41.9% (PMA2020 in 2017)
The City leadership has pledged continued support since the current sewage line serves less than 20% of the population. The rest of the people use pit latrines/Toilet which continually keep filling up.
Alliance Water Solutions (AWASO), joined the rest of organizations and countries in celebrating WORLD NTD DAY which is held every 30th January of every year. It’s the second time that such an important day is held to unify partners across sectors, countries and disease communities to push for greater investment and deliberations on NTDs and rally support for a common cause of #Endthe Neglect and #BeatNTDs for good, and for all.
In Uganda, this day was commemorated on 4th February 2021 at golden Tulip hotel among other activities that have been on going with different partners and government ministries. Uganda has made progress to control and eliminate NTDs with varying degrees of success with a number of development actors in health and WASH.
It’s on the same occasion that Uganda Ministry of health launched, a sustainability plan for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control Program 2020-2025, the plan provides a framework for investing in the health system, building blocks that will enable sustainable NTD implementation of core elements of the program including strengthening, collaboration and coordination within the health sector and across sectors.
Alliance Water Solutions is privileged to be part of developing the Sustainability plan at the sub-national level and, on the same function was recognized for the exemplary and pivotal role played in NTDs &WASH multisectoral collaboration in endemic regions 2020/2021FY
Fred Muwanguzi –Executive Director of Alliance Water Solutions (AWASO) receiving a recognition present from Hon: Nabbanja Robinah State Minister of Health for General Duties during the commemoration of 2nd World NTD day in Uganda at Golden Tulip Kpla.
By: claire nabirye –awaso administrator