Access to clean and safe water in hard-to-reach areas is a nightmare. To address this challenge, Saint Ann Foundation, with support from our development partners embarked on reducing water scarcity in the island area of Buyiga through the construction of boreholes in the different areas of the island, as well as sensitizing the community on water management, and proper sanitation and hygiene practices.
This endeavor is supported by the fact that safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services are an essential part of preventing and protecting human health during infectious disease outbreaks. Access to adequate water and sanitation services is also central to improving attendance at school and reducing the uneven distribution of unpaid care work at the household level since children, women and girls bear the burden of fetching water. Our resolve is to invest in core public health infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems as one of the most cost-effective strategies for increasing pandemic preparedness, especially in resource-constrained settings.