Projects Safe Water
Dispensers for Safe Water
Objective: Combating water-borne diseases in Uganda
Chlorine dispensers are an innovative, low-cost approach proven to significantly reduce water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, while at the same time contributing to forest and climate protection. Project activity is expected to provide more than 3 million Ugandans access to safe water by 2015.
The incidence of diarrhea in Uganda is among the worst in the world: nationally, the diarrhea prevalence rate is nearly one-quarter in all children under five. Approximately 23,000 Ugandans, mostly children, die each year from diarrheal diseases – nearly 90% of which is directly attributed to poor water, sanitation and hygiene. The use of unsafe water sources is most common in rural regions.
How this project improves lives
- Communities no longer have to boil water to make it safe to drink
- Reduced boiling means better air quality and improved health
- Less fuelwood collection means freeing up women's time for productive endeavors, education, and child care
- Early childhood diseases are expected to abate
- Significantly improved productivity strengthens country's' economy
- The project activity reduce the amount of wood fuel consumed and deforestation