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people in Uganda don't have access to safe water. This is almost a quarter of the population.

Over 22 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Uganda, almost two thirds of the population.

Over 12,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Uganda.

Uganda has been independent since 1962 but the government structure is still changing and many people have no access to basic water and sanitation facilities. Around a quarter cannot access clean water.

The crisis

Without access to safe water, Uganda’s many farmers struggle to grow crops or earn a living. There are also many nomadic communities who are difficult to reach with services. The lack of clean water and safe sanitation traps them in poverty.

In urban areas, large slums exist without proper drainage or toilets, leaving waste to gather in and around people’s homes.

Our approach

WaterAid has been working in Uganda for 30 years, focusing on the nine districts where people are most in need.

We partner with local organisations to find appropriate and sustainable solutions for each area. We believe that working with local community organisations is just as important as working with governments to create change.

Supporting local communities to build their own solutions, we encourage people to take ownership of projects to ensure they are in control of changes to their environment.

In Uganda last year we reached:

  • 65,000 people with safe water
  • 102,000 people with improved sanitation.

To date, we have helped 920,000 people access safe water, and improved sanitation and hygiene in Uganda.

Watch this short film to find out more:

A woman carries a plastic container on her head while walking through an urban street.