Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH)

Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH)

WASH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Due to their interdependent nature, these three are grouped together to represent a growing sector. While each a separate filed of work, each is dependent on the presence of the other. With support from the Office Of the Prime Minster and with Funding from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges, CAFOMI is implementing WASH projects in Uganda in the various locations of Matanda in Kanugu District, Nyakabande in Kisoro District, Ntoroko District and Kuluba in Koboko District.

Without enough safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, it is difficult to maintain good health and fight off illnesses. Without proper sanitation, water supplies can become contaminated and diseases can spread rapidly. We specialize in WASH services to protect public health of Persons of Concern and host communities, and help protect their right to safe water and sanitation.

The lack of access to WASH facilities in shelters or transit centres deprives Persons of Concern of the opportunity to make their shelters into homes, and their settlements in communities. By providing appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure, and educating people on good hygiene practices, we help Persons of Concern achieve dignified living conditions.

Our Expertise in WASH

Our WASH programmes seek to save lives, prevent diseases, promote dignity and support access to better living conditions and livelihood opportunities. We do this through direct interventions and through partnerships with other organisations. The mode of operation primarily depends om the WASH needs of our targeted beneficiary, and the quickest and most effective way to meet those identified needs.

Our WASH programmes focus on five thematic areas:

  • Supplying safe water for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene and household cleaning.
  • Providing and maintaining latrines or toilets segregated by gender, or family units that are safe for women, girls, men and boys to use at all times.
  • Active disease surveillance and increased vigilance on water quality and sanitation practices during disease outbreaks.
  • Solid waste management and site drainage activities, to reduce standing water and garbage collection where vectors can breed.
  • Hygiene promotion and community mobilization to promote safe hygiene and health-seeking behaviors, and to empower Persons of Concern to take an active role in WASH operations.