WaterAid Uganda has launched a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) magazine. The magazine was launched by water and environment minister, Maria Mutagamba to mark this year’s international Women’s Day at the Media Centre in Kampala. Speaking at the launch, Mutagamba stressed that women and girls h
By Agnes Kyotalengerire
WaterAid Uganda has launched a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) magazine. The magazine was launched by water and environment minister, Maria Mutagamba to mark this year’s international Women’s Day at the Media Centre in Kampala. Speaking at the launch, Mutagamba stressed that women and girls had a right to healthy, secure and dignified life.
The magazine aims at empowering women and girls through improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. It has inspiring stories about issues, challenges women and girls in the East African region face due to lack of access to water.
WaterAid’s head of policy, Rebecca Alowo, said easy access to simple facilities and washrooms is important, especially for adolescent girls to stay in school and reach their potential.
Alice Anukur, WaterAid’s country representative, said the magazine will be published annually. Apart from inspiring girls and women, the magazine will also show different ways in which girls and women can access WASH services.
Don’t eat or talk in the toilet
Pupils should avoid eating and talking, while in the toilet. The habit may expose one to airborne diseases or any other infections.
Nusura Naluwaga, P6, New
Bubajjwe, Primary School
We do not have enough water
In our school, we do not have enough water. Recently, a child was stung by bees when he was drinking water from a tap. The bees have entered our tap. We are asking for water. Please help us.
Bright Kunihira, P.6, Nyamigisa Boys Primary School, Masindi
We drink water from the same source with animals
In my community, we get water from a nearby swamp, which we also share with animals. Animals step into that water and defecate in it. We use this dirty water for cooking, bathing and drinking. The only way we try to make this water safe is by boiling it, cooling it before we use it for drinking or cooking.
Jackline Asaba, P.7, Masindi Tropical School
Boil tap water
I live in Masindi town and we fetch water from a tap. Water from a tap is not good for drinking because there are bacteria in the pipes. When you drink water without boiling, you might get dysentery or cholera. At home, we boil drinking water. I advise everybody to boil water before drinking it.
Jonathan Aliganyira, P6, Masindi Public School
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WaterAid launches WASH magazine