January 09, 2012
Lack of access to safe water and proper sanitation remain critical public health issues worldwide.
Up to 2.6 billion people live without access to effective latrines on the planet earth. This contributes to the prevalent incidence of water-related diseases, which kill a child every 15 seconds.
Clean water and sanitation are essential elements of human development and poverty alleviation, and constitute an indispensable component of primary health care.
In this story, we take you to the southwestern region of Uganda to see for yourself the state of latrines in the poor communities there.
As you will discover in the pictures, families there build dry pit latrines close to their homes. The exact design varies according to local conditions. Some are household latrines, some are communal.
In this story, you will also realize the use of unimproved pit latrines, poor conditions accompanied by bad smells and overflows, and conducive breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies. This contributes to the widespread incidences of open defecation as people prefer bushes to such latrines.