Thousands of Schools in Uganda Still Lack Clean Water & Sanitation After Re-Opening - WaterAid

Posted by
Anna Ford
11 January 2022
WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

As children in Uganda have started to return to school for the first time in almost two years, thousands of schools and classrooms still lack clean water and decent toilets. The country director of WaterAid in Uganda, which works hard to help provide clean water and toilets in schools, said the return to education in the country is a cause for celebration but also a reminder of the vital importance of water and sanitation in schools.

WaterAid’s country director in Uganda, Jane Sembuche said:

“WaterAid celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the country’s schools after almost two years of closure. As students finally return to their classes, it is a key moment to highlight the importance of providing clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene measures to enable them to resume their studies without further interruption from entirely avoidable disease.

“WaterAid works hard to give Ugandan schools access to clean water and sanitation services. But thousands of institutions and classrooms still need these facilities urgently, as they help to prevent students falling ill and missing out on their education. These children often don’t have access to clean water at home. This is particularly important for girls who depend on good hygiene facilities to enable them to continue in school during their periods.”


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  • 771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[1]
  • 1.7 billion people in the world – more than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]
  • Around 290,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]

[3] Prüss-Ustün et al. (2014) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2018)

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage