The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Uganda

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, WSSCC has provided the country’s  partners with guidance about reprogramming, allowing funds to be directed to preventing, delaying and containing COVID-19 in line with government and advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed country information can be found here.

Executing Agency:
Ministry of Health
Programme duration:
Programme Coordinating Mechanism:
Sub-committee of the National Sanitation Working Group, chaired by the Ministry of Water and Environment
National Coordinator:
Jane Nabunnya Mulumba, hosted by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre , Uganda


In 2019, USF supported 592 villages to achieve ODF status, making the total number of ODF villages in the USF-supported areas go over 8700. This represents more than 5.4 million people living in ODF environments. The programme has rolled out an online Management Information System (MIS) for acquisition of real time data on sanitation and hygiene across all the supported districts. 200 district staff have been trained to date and the Ministry of Health team will continue to build capacities of the districts, support them in submitting their baseline data into the system and in using MIS to strengthen monitoring and evaluation at district level.

As in previous years, the USF has intensified its advocacy efforts for increased political and financial commitment through institutional triggering carried out at national and local levels. By showcasing the USF achievements, the Ministry of Health has contributed to resource mobilization for sanitation and hygiene. In addition to the counterpart funds commitment for the USF, the Government is now allocating 20% of the Primary Health Care grant to health, sanitation and hygiene across all districts in the country. At the sub-national level, the institutional triggering sessions that were conducted  for the leadership in Butebo, Namayingo and Mayuge districts resulted in the development of district action plans to end open defecation by the end of 2020. The district leaders have also committed to allocate more resources for sanitation work.

The programme also intensified its activities for school WASH and Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) throughout the year. The workshops on MHH and school sanitation that were held in 2019 enabled 40 Senior Women Teachers in Kumi, Katakwi, Kapelabyong and Ngora districts to become MHH trainers, who are now helping increase awareness and understanding among other teachers about MHH issues, as well as educating girls on MHH practices.

Challenges and future direction

Extreme weather conditions were one of the major challenges for the USF in 2019. Heavy rains in Northwest and Eastern Uganda caused collapse of latrines, thus leading to significant slippage in infrastructure. In 2020 the programme will intensify its efforts to maintain results achieved to date. In addition, as part of the plan to roll out the online Management Information System that the USF has developed, the Executing Agency team will continue to develop capacities of the districts to help with acquisition of real time data on sanitation and hygiene and to strengthen monitoring and evaluation at the district level.