J747 Project

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.

  • Access to Clean Water

    Access to Clean Water

    IGF has installed 36 water bores with pumps in its schools and in surrounding communities.  In 2014, IGF has worked in partnership with Water Harvest International (based in Juba, South...

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  • Childrens’ Medical Centre

    Childrens’ Medical Centre

    Caring for sick or dying parents infected with HIV/AIDS was one of the causes preventing children attending school.  In 2005, IGF built a 60 bed AIDS hospice which gave dignified...

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  • School Clinics

    School Clinics

    IGF provides first aid services through school clinics operating in each of its schools.  When more complicated cases arise, students are referred to IGF health facility for more comprehensive medical...

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  • Building latrines and hygiene promotion

    Building latrines and hygiene promotion

    All IGF schools and health facilities have drainable latrine blocks, hand washing containers and rubbish pits for proper disposal of waste.  Students are educated in basic sanitation and hygiene practices...

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  • Construction of a Women’s Hospital

    Construction of a Women’s Hospital

    Currently in Uganda, 16 mothers die daily from childbirth related complications – with most of these deaths being preventable with the right care.  Mama Irene’s response to this horrendous situation was to...

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  • Community Health Education

    Community Health Education

    IGF works with the government health officials to conduct community health education and sensitization on HIV/AIDS prevention and other community health challenges through its Mighty Fire 91.5 FM radio.  Continued...

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