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Over 75% of the population in Uganda lacks a safe place to go to the toilet.
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Over 32 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Uganda.


people in Uganda don't have access to safe water.


Over 4,500 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Uganda.

Uganda has been independent since 1962 but the government structure is still changing and many people have no access to basic water and sanitation facilities.

The crisis

8 million people don’t have access to safe water and 32 million live without adequate sanitation. Over 4,000 children under five die every year from preventable diarrheal diseases.

Without access to safe water, Uganda’s many farmers struggle to grow crops or earn a living. There are also many nomadic communities who are difficult to reach with services. The lack of clean water and safe sanitation traps them in poverty.

In urban areas, large slums exist without proper drainage or toilets, leaving waste to gather in and around people’s homes.

Our approach

WaterAid has been working in Uganda for 30 years, focusing on the nine districts where people are most in need.

We partner with local organisations to find appropriate and sustainable solutions for each area. We believe that working with local community organisations is just as important as working with governments to create change.

Supporting local communities to build their own solutions, we encourage people to take ownership of projects to ensure they are in control of changes to their environment.

Our impact

In Uganda last year we reached:

  • 41,000 people with safe water
  • 87,000 people with improved sanitation
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