Water, sanitation and malaria prevention
Clean water and adequate sanitation are integral to improving health. The village of Busu and surrounding communities in Iganga region have had little access to clean drinking water and few organized sanitation programs. The cholera epidemic a few years ago demonstrated the need for both sanitation and water purification facilities in the area.
Clean water projects
Water equals life. And clean water equals health. It’s a simple concept that has powerful meaning: so much of the disease that we treat in Uganda would be prevented by the availability of clean water. Yet many Ugandan communities lack water wells, and the need for clean water is urgent. Recognizing this, Suubi medical centre has made clean water one of our priorities with a two-prong program: construction and education. Working with the community from the start, we want to start a program to raise funds to build and maintain community wells in Busu and the nearby villages.
As each new well is built, we will also deliver community education programs on cholera prevention and waterborne disease, the importance of clean water for health, and water safety and well maintenance measures. Each water well, which costs approximately £2500 to build and maintain and employs many Ugandans in doing so, provides about 4000 people with access to fresh, clean water. With the village communities taking responsibility for the wells and their maintenance, this is a guarantee of healthier Ugandan children and families whose lives are made easier and safer.
Every member of the suubi medical centre team has a mission to contribute to the community through lectures and workshops on topics such as nutrition, first aid, sexual health, relationship violence, and maintaining health. Topics are culturally relevant and our Ugandan -Lusoga translators work very hard to help teach these classes, especially to young people
Suubi Medical Centre would like to partner with an experienced NGO already working in Uganda to improve the wells and install low maintenance wellheads and pumps in Busu and Iganga District. Wells can be constructed for £1,000 each and individual household filter units can be purchased for a family for £30 providing invaluable protection from water borne illnesses. SMC has arranged to facilitate the distribution, installation and the community has committed to raising funds to contribute to the cost of maintenance. This ownership is essential to self-sufficiency and sustainability. SMC would also like to provide chlorine treatment for the wells and monitors water supply which also helps to reveal disease patterns to identify problems with un-clean water.
Suubi Medical centre aims to ensure 80% of households in Busu village have access to a toilet/latrine. Access to sanitation facilities has a direct impact on water quality and the potential for the spreading of disease. SMC would like to partner with other organizations in the construction of specially designed dry toilets and is also researching the potential for bringing composting toilets to the village. SMC also provides ongoing education and community-based initiatives regarding basic health and hygiene, targeting issues such as defecation in public spaces. SMC involves local people as much as possible in education, production and construction in order to promote local autonomy and consistency in this program.
To help combat the high incidence of malaria in the area, Suubi Medical Centre has encourages a garbage and bush clearing program in the village. This program is designed to reduce the incidence of stagnant water and trash piles that permit the growth of the mosquito population. In conjunction with these efforts SMC has supplied treated bed nets to families in the village which can help limit infection and transmission of this fully preventable and debilitating disease.