A tough decision to make, life or death, in pursuit of water
Uganda, like many other countries is struggling to meet the Millennium Development goals by 2015 and is making some basic progress. Our focus here is on MDG 7 c which is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to clean and safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Access to safe water supplies throughout Uganda is 65% and access to improved sanitation is 48%. Although the number of people with access to safe water and sanitation has improved over the past 10 years, there are still many communities (both rural and urban) that rely on contaminated water sources such as streams and open wells. In rural communities, many people have to move long distances in pursue of clean and safe drinking water.
Statistics from the health ministry show that Uganda loses 400 people daily from various water-borne infections like diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, Ebola and Marburg fever which are easily preventable.
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