In Uganda, it is a common sight to see women and children taking water from polluted rivers and lakes. Contaminated wells are another common water resource and, due to this lack of options, people often fall ill. People have been advised to boil water before use, but very few do it consistently. It is costly, time consuming and burning fires has many health risks. Furthermore, boiling and heating water with fuelwood depletes local vegetation resources.
UNICEF helps communities at a high risk of contracting cholera. SOLVATTEN has a positive impact on the health of those living in these communities; in addition to improving food and water hygiene, it encourages other safe practices such as regular hand washing. This is UNICEF Uganda’s second batch of SOLVATTEN, and was delivered thanks to support from NORES, Humlegarden and Axfood.