Project LOCATION: Agali sub-county in northern Uganda
Project start/end date: July 2012-June 2013
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training will be given to community health workers, pastors and teachers in order to spread the knowledge throughout the sub-county. Upcoming water projects include wells and hand pump repairs. This program will use ﬁlms, including WASH ﬁlms, as a way to bring communities together and be mobilized towards action. We will also partner to pilot the ﬁrst open defecation free village using a method called Community Led Total Sanitation. This is a method of sanitation transformation in comm- unities that has been successful for many organizations, and if successful in this region, the program will be adopted for the future.
Recently, knowledge of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene was taught to 28 Village Health Workers and ten teachers towards the project goal!
As northern Uganda continues to recover and rebuild after the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) left in 2008, it remains a critical time to invest in WASH programming in the region. Although some regions have had signiﬁcant support, others have not yet been reached.
Project LOCATION:Kitgum, Northern
Project start/end date: January 2012-December 2013
Blood:Water seed-funded the New Life Medical Center (NLMC) in 2010 and opened it’s doors in March of 2011. This project covers the operations and strengthening services of NLMC as the clinic expands access and enrolls new patients. The goal of this project is to provide high quality family oriented care and treatment as well as prevention support to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Kitgum, Uganda while building the capacity of our local partners to effectively run the clinic.
Recently, a 7-day PMTCT (Preventing Mother to Child Transmission) training was conducted in preparation for the HIV Free Generation in northern Uganda project that is targeting elimination of Pediatric HIV/AIDS infections through a Community-Facility-Community model.
Northern Uganda has experienced over two decades of war, resulting in the displacement of 1.8 million people from their homes. Over 70% of the people in this region live below the poverty line ($1.25/day) and lack even their most basic needs including safe water and health care. The effects of war and poverty have greatly compounded the HIV/AIDS crisis with northern Uganda, which possesses the second highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country at 8.3%. In Kitgum, there are an estimated 27,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. Before the launch of NLMC, Kitgum only had three treatment centers, collectively capable of serving no more than 5,500 people living with AIDS.