Health and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project (WASH)
The overall goal of this project is to improve the health conditions and quality of life of vulnerable people living in Kitgum and Lamwo districts through the following integrated health and WASH initiatives:
- To increase the accessibility and improve the delivery of health services;
- To increase access to safe water supply sources and improved sanitation facilities; and
- To promote better hygiene practices in IGF schools and among poor and vulnerable communities
Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity. Proper disposal of all waste and educating communities about the links between hygiene practices, poor sanitation, polluted water sources and diseases are essential to mitigating health risks and preventing epidemics. Only 11% of the population in Kitgum can access water within 1km and 30% within 2kms of their homes. Over 50% of the population must walk 10 kms to access water.
IGF has implemented a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program at each of its schools. The aim of the program is to increase access to safe water for IGF students and nearby communities through the construction of bore holes and water pumps and to promote sanitation and hygiene practices.