Water & Sanitation

Water & Sanitation

In Uganda, Hygiene behavior has a critical influence on the transmission of diseases at various stages, particularly important in rural situations where disease risk is acute due to poor housing, poor water and sanitation exposure to new pathogens, low resistance to diseases, and disturbance of familiar and safe habits. The most obvious effects can be observed for fecal –oral or diarrhea diseases. Hygiene practices may also influence the transmission of soil-based diseases (e.g Hookworm), Skin diseases and Disease transmitted by insect-vectors (e.g Malaria), – Sagazi foundation intervenes critically intervene in this sector to ensure preparedness against cholera outbreak within the communities and to also promote proper hygiene practices among the most vulnerable segments of the society

Every woman and child deserves clean water. It is not only a basic human right, but it is also an essential building block of life that allows women, children and their communities to survive and flourish.


We believe the water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetime. Our goal, in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, is to provide clean water and sanitation to everyone in every community where we work — including those in the hardest-to-reach places — by 2030. Yet, there is still much to do.

  • More than 24 million people lack access to basic drinking water services in Uganda… that's over 3 in every 5 people.
  • 29 million people lack access to improved sanitation…that’s 8 in every 10 people
  • Over 4,500 children under 5 die a year from diarrheal diseases attributed to contaminated water, poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene practices
  • Poor Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools contributes to a 10% drop out of girls.

Our Approach Towards Water & Sanitation

Clean and safe water is a fundamental ingredient for a healthy life. Our community-based model, which has been refined and expanded over the years, enables us to co-develop sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene solutions that open doors to health and lasting change.

In Uganda, Sagazi foundation doesn’t just provide water and sanitation infrastructure, we also work alongside the people we serve so that they can maintain water and sanitation facilities once we’re gone. We also work with communities to design activities that help move community members toward healthier behaviours.

  • Boreholes are constructed using drilling technologies appropriate to the local context
  • Hand pumps or mechanised solar-powered pumps are installed and operated to provide water for environments ranging from small communities to semi-urban settings of more than 10,000 people
  • Rainwater collection systems are built to store and treat rooftop rainwater before use
  • Latrines are built to protect people, water sources and the environment from faecal contamination
  • Communities receive training on the importance of solid-waste management
  • Sanitation education helps protect children’s health and keeps the environment free of open defecation
  • The adoption of hand-washing with soap at critical times prevents the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, and Ebola
  • Hygiene behaviour-change activities in communities, schools, and health centers improve hand-washing, water, and food safety
The power of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene programmes open the door to community transformation. We engage with communities to help ensure that the most vulnerable people benefit from improvements in water, sanitation and Hygiene.