KCCA Rolls Out Citywide Sanitation Drive

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The project funded by GIZ and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, will cost 250 million Shillings across the five divisions of Kampala.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has rolled out a city wide sanitation drive to improve sanitation conditions in the city.

The drive, which will be conducted through home sanitation visits, will assess health-related environmental and sanitation conditions at household and community levels. It will also be used to sensitize members of the community on construction and use of lavatory facilities and encourage good health practices like waste disposal, among others.

The project funded by GIZ and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, will cost 250 million Shillings across the five divisions of Kampala.

Jude Byansi Zziwa, the KCCA supervisor for water and Sanitation says that 45 percent of the pit latrines in Kampala are abandoned after five years when they are either full or broken-down leading to disease outbreak.

He says the project will teach the residents how to construct cheap and strong infrastructure, and teach them on minimum operation and maintenance standards. He was speaking at the launch of the sanitation drive at Wabigalo community hall, Makindye Division.
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Reports by KCCA indicate that over 90 percent of the households in Kampala use pit latrines of inadequate standards while approximately 1.8 percent is estimated to have no access to a toilet at all.

Samuel Semuuzi, the LC II chairperson Kibuye 1, Makindye division, says the project will locate all toilets and assess their status adding that, as it stands, most toilets in Makindye division are in a bad state.
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The project will also ensure mapping of a citywide sanitation status and this information will be used to guide investment, planning, resource allocation, monitoring and regulation of Sanitation.

The door to door assessment will be done by public health assistants who will also sensitize communities on Fecal Sludge Management. The project will work with village health teams, KCCA technical staff and members of the community.


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