More than 3.5 million to benefit from water, sanitation project
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 01:00
More than 3.5 million Ugandans are set to benefit from a Shs12 billion five-year project aimed at improving water and sanitation.
Following the launch of the Uganda Sanitation Fund, a project geared towards improving water and sanitation in 15 districts, a team of experts from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) – Geneva, is in the country to review progress.
According to a press statement issued by the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr Asuman Lukwago, the WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund currently supports activities run by the ministry in 15 districts under the Uganda Sanitation Fund.
The PS said the delegation is likely to announce an increment on its current financial commitment during the visit. The visiting delegation will be led by Prof Anna Tibaijuka, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development of the Republic of Tanzania in her capacity as chair of WSSCC.
Some of the districts benefiting from the project include Bukedea, Kibuku, Kumi and Pallisa. Over the past 18 months, the sanitation of more than half a million people has been improved through activities of USF.
The visit also comes at a time when the Global Sanitation Fund is considering expansion of activities, including increased funding in countries that are demonstrating the conditions and coordination necessary to achieve good results. The Fund is currently active in 17 countries. The visit is expected to highlight opportunities of improving sanitation in the country as the year 2015 approaches.