Published on: 15/07/2015
In 2011 the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda adopted a strategy of establishing district based Hand Pump Mechanics Associations (HPMAs) to strengthen Operation and Maintenance of rural water systems and increase functionality of rural water sources. IRC Uganda has been working closely with MWE and other sector stakeholders on this approach. Recently, MWE has stepped up efforts to further promote the approach around the country.
In a bid to improve functionality of rural water supply systems, the Ministry of Water and Environment in 2011 undertook to establish Hand Pump Mechanics Associations (HPMA's) in all districts in Uganda. Subsequently, the Ministry with support from sector stakeholders developed a national framework for HPMAs to enable them support the CBMS structures at water user level.
In that respect, IRC Uganda joined MWE and other stakeholders to disseminate the HPMA framework across the country. The first round of dissemination meetings was held in June 2015, covering a total of 15 districts including: Agago, Pader, Gulu, Amuru, Kitgum, Nwoya, Lamwo, Oyam, Apac, Kole, Otuke, Alebtong, Dokolo, Amolatar and Lira.
At the forefront of the process are: Technical Support Units (TSUs), District Local Governments, Private Sector Actors, HPMAs, CSOs. IRC and SNV are supporting MWE in facilitating the process. IRC and SNV Uganda were deeply involved in the process of piloting and promoting the HPMA as an approach to improve functionality of rural water facilities, between 2010 and 2013.
During the first round of dissemination meetings, a wide range of issues was discussed including:
The overall purpose of the dissemination process is to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the HPMA framework and its application. The process also aims to ensure promotion of good sanitation and hygiene practices as well us mechanisms to mitigate, restore and preserve the environment.