By Deo Wasswa
UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agency have signed a partnership to scale up water, sanitation and hygiene services in seven districts of Kalamoja.
The five year programme, worth 10 million US dollars will commence from May 2018 to 2022 and targeting to benefit over 56000 children in 100 government aided schools and in communities.
The project will include, construction of infrastructure such as solar pipe water systems, rehabilitation of non functional boreholes, construction of latrines with hand washing facilities among others.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Doreen Mulenga, the UNICEF representative in Uganda has noted that open defecation among Karamajongs is still contributing to poor hygiene in this region and she is hopefully that building latrines will help to bring the practice to an end.
Other interventions of the project will include, provision of life skills education for girls, including menstrual hygiene management, social mobilization campaign to accelerate positive behavior change among the individuals and broader social change among communities and district level advocacy.