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CLTS profiled during National Sanitation Week in Uganda

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Open Defecation is a shame, use a latrine! was the theme for the annual sanitation week which was observed in Uganda between 15th -22nd March 2012.

The week was crowned with a national sanitation celebration on the World Water Day, 22nd March, in Kanungu-Western Uganda; which is one of the best performing districts in terms of sanitation improvement. This week was nationally instituted in Uganda with an aim of increasing awareness on sanitation issues after the Global WASH forum in Dakar, Senegal (2004) and has been observed for the past 7 years under the guidance of the National Sanitation Working Group. The key message under the theme urged all to Take the lead, stop open defecation in your home and community. IEC materials with the theme were developed in form of T-shirts in English and Luganda as well as stickers which were disseminated to stakeholders.

The ‘WASH LENS’, a magazine in commemoration of the World Water Day and National Sanitation Week was published and in it, Plan Uganda contributed an article on Uganda’s sanitation challenge and the potential of the Community Led Total Sanitation Approach. Uganda‘s sanitation challenge in context of the burden to children and women, progress towardsthe Millennium Development Goal sanitation targets as well as national level sanitation targets were discussed and the critical role of the government in taking lead to scale up CLTS in the country was emphasized.

Date: 29 March 2012