WASHplus Work in Uganda Comes To A Close

Field activities came to a close in the last quarter of 2014 after about 20 months of support to three districts in Southwest Uganda to plan and implement WASH activities, bolstered by USAID WASH grants. In addition to direct technical support to the districts, WASHplus worked closely with USAID implementing partners including Community Connector, SPRING, STAR-SW, FANTA, and others to integrate aspects of safe and sufficient water, sanitation, handwashing, food hygiene, and MHM into HIV care and support as well as Feed the Future/nutrition activities.

WASHplus worked intensively this quarter with districts to complete revisions of capacity building materials used and improved throughout the almost two years of WASHplus assistance, and to complete a series of job aids to support outreach workers and clinical counselors to integrate WASH into their home-based and clinical practice. The job aids are available in two local languages, Rukiga and Rufumbira. Limited runs of materials were printed and distributed to development partners, while districts will use their USAID grant money to duplicate and disseminate materials. All materials are available on the WASHplus website on the Uganda page.

USAID grants were managed through the USAID Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability project, with specialized technical assistance offered by WASHplus in areas including:

  • Facilitating CLTS
  • Making Schools WASH-Friendly (including appropriate hardware like rainwater harvesting for increasing water access and MHM to increase girls participation, attendance, and dignity)
  • Forming and supporting community WASH management structures such as water management committees to address O&M
  • Producing WASH tools and materials for behavior change, promotion, and negotiation

Districts and USAID implementing partners participated in the WASHplus closing event in December 2014, “Working with Districts to Improve Water and Sanitation to Improve the Health and Resilience in Southwest Uganda: Success, Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned.” The event celebrated accomplishments such as the institutionalization of WASH behavior change approaches like small doable actions. Notable in Uganda was the application of the small doable action approach to food hygiene, in conjunction with SPRING and Community Connector, to address local challenges of keeping food safe; issues of water quantity and access (constructing various “do-it-yourself” rainwater catchment systems); HIV care and support in the home and clinic; and home sewn reusable menstrual pads for women and girls of all ages. An end of project review was prepared for the event and is available here.

Links to resources from the WASHplus activities in Uganda are provided below.

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