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The Uganda Sanitation Fund, which is led by the Ministry of Health and financially supported through the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), a programme of the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), is set to expand its programme through increased financial commitments from the Council. The increase in funding amounts to USD 5 million (UGX 12 billion) over a period of 3 years.
The endorsement comes at the end of WSSCC board meetings that are being held in Uganda due to the impressive results achieved by the USF. The meetings, which were held 15 to 16 October in Kampala, were led by the Hon. Professor and WSSCC Chair Anna Tibaijuka, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development for the Republic of Tanzania in her capacity as Chair of the WSSCC.
According to Sarah Opendi Ochieng, Hon. Minister of State for Health, “the Uganda Sanitation Fund currently targets 6,000 villages across 15 districts and seeks to improve the lives of up to 3.8 million Ugandans”.
“At present rates, 2 million people will by 2015 enjoy the health benefits of improved sanitation and hygiene practices through this non-subsidy, people-centered approach implemented by local government in 15 districts. The additional funding is set to expand the roll-out of our programme across another 15 districts making the total 30 districts”, she added.
“Our decision to commit more funds to the programme in Uganda reflects the endorsement of the results that have been achieved through the USF on sanitation and hygiene coverage by government, civil society and other stakeholders – a partnership which offers even greater dividends for the nation’s health, economy, environment and social well-being,” said Hon. Tibaijuka.
“Discussions with Hon. Opendi Ochieng have indicated that there is a strong commitment to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health and find extra resources to extend the success of the USF approach”, she added.
“In less than 18 months, individual households, village health teams, district health inspectors and assistants, and the Environmental Health Division of the Ministry of Health have improved sanitation for 510,000 people”, said Chris Williams, Executive Director of WSSCC. “We look forward to working with the Ministry of Health, local government, civil society and the people of Uganda to expand the programme, and to secure even more political support for public and private investment in sanitation and hygiene.”