WHH operates within the Two districts of Katakwi and Amuria, implementing a Water, sanitation and Hygiene WASH project with funding from charity: water.
The project supported in the rehabilitation of water sources and drilling of new boreholes in the two districts, construction of rain water harvesting tanks. Construction of latrines blocks to primary schools, and To support the sustainability of the project, WHH strengthens the water users committees, by training and supporting the Hand pump mechanics Associations, ensuring the fulfillment of the six critical requirements and integration of sanitation and hygiene components in the community WASH using various approaches like; CLTS, CHC, CHAST, VSLA and promotion and use of dry compost toilets for the areas with difficulty in the construction of latrines.
Response to COVID-19
The outbreak of the pandemic has had a great effect to the implementation of the project, however, WHH through the donor had to adjust the response to support the prevention of COVID-19 in the areas of operation with hygiene kits and promotional activities; conducted through the month of April to June.
Result 1: COVID-19 awareness and knowledge about the disease and its transmission has improved in the communities
- Develop and print IEC Material including MOH guidelines, posters, flyers, leaflets which uses mainly visual language and which is translated into the local languages as far as possible
- Build capacity of WHH staff in the use of the IEC Material and increase their general knowledge on response to COVID-19 in cooperation with district health offices
- Organise peer to peer education through VHTs and hygiene promotion on household level using IEC Materials
- Training and facilitation of the peer educators
- Organise and facilitate mass communication through radio talk shows, radio messaging, loudspeaker and megaphone mobile campaigns on hygiene promotion and social distancing.
Result 2: Promotion of Hygiene measures, especially hand washing practices on household level, in health centres, schools and other public places have improved through the distribution of hygiene kits, installation of hand washing facilities in households, health centres, schools and other public places
- Procure and distribute Hygiene Kits to 600 vulnerable Households to support hand washing (including distribution of 20litre jerry cans for water, soap, nylon ropes, 5-litre jerricans for tippy taps)
- Promote hand hygiene measures including hand washing in 300 water points by procuring and distributing of Hygiene Kits (including 5ltr jerry cans, nylon ropes, 2 bars of soap/waterpoint /month)
- Promote hygiene and safety in 50 health centers by procuring and distributing PPE for the health workers (medical teams and support workers) and hygiene Kits (including 50-120 litre hand washing facilities, soap, surface disinfectants, PPE materials for staff etc)
- Organise procurement and distribution of Hygiene Kits for 40 schools (including 50-120-liter hand washing facilities, soap, spraying equipment, hand sanitizers for the children etc)
- Procure and distribute PPE for staff and hygiene promoters in the community.
Result 3: Continous coordination with stakeholders ensures that the response is always adapted to the given circumstances
- Participate in the weekly District task force team meetings
- Join/establish networks with relevant stakeholders such as government authorities, other INGOs, and the local population.
Result 4: Increase water access through minor repairs and major repairs of 67 boreholes
- Assess and conduct minor repairs of atleast 32 water points, including replacement and /or servicing of the super structural parts of the pump
- Assess and conduct major repairs of 35 water points
- Procure and supply Hand pump tool kits and spare parts for operation and maintenance of the water points
- Supporting in the repairs of boreholes for both Amuria and Katakwi
A number of water points were considered for minor and major repairs as indicted below. The purpose was to provide the community with access to water in order to encourage them be able to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community
Key to note is; below is our definitions for both minor and major response.
Minor Repairs; these are repairs that are done in the super structure excluding replacement of the pedestals and aprons and channels.
Major repairs; these are repairs that are done on the below ground parts and the superstructure excluding works on the apron and the channel.