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In Uganda, our priority is understanding and strengthening WASH systems at national and district levels. We are committed to helping our partner district, Kabarole, to achieve universal access by 2030.

Access to WASH services: basic and safely managed water 39% | basic sanitation 19% (open defecation 6%) | basic hygiene 8% (source, JMP)

Our team of 10 is led by Jane Nabunnya Mulumba and are based in offices in Kampala and Fort Portal - capital of our partner district, Kabarole. In Fort Portal we're acting as hub to an alliance of partners committed to building strong WASH systems to deliver WASH services that last to everyone. At the national level, we're sharing the lessons learned and advocating for increased government and political leadership, public finance and the proper management and use of WASH services as part of the Uganda WASH Agenda for Change coalition.

Despite being considered one of the most developed sectors in sub Saharan Africa, Uganda's WASH coverage and quality of service delivery has stagnated over the last 10 years. Over 10 million Ugandans still live without safe water; 65% are not practising improved hygiene behaviour; and 8% of the total population practice open defecation.  Long a model for aid effectiveness through a sector wide approach, several long-term donors are withdrawing or switching back to project based aid.  IRC in Uganda is focused on supporting our partner district, Kabarole, to achieve universal access by 2030.  In addition, we are working to promote national and district political and financial commitment to WASH and contributing to the national WASH knowledge base through our WASH Agenda for Change coalition.

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