Investing in handwashing
Regular handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways of preventing many common diseases – some, such us diarrheal diseases account for 1 in 9 child deaths worldwide. Our program supports the provision of handwashing facilities, including a 1000ltr station outside school latrines, and education on how regular handwashing can limit the spread of Cholera, COVID, Typhoid and Rotavirus, among others.
This straightforward intervention has already reduced diarrhoeal related school absence by 27% in supported schools. To date, we have been able to provide this investment to 57 out of 92 Government-funded primary schools in Kumi, Uganda, and hope to extend this not only to the remaining schools, but into other regions as well.
Investing in improved access to sanitation is pivotal in addressing period poverty too, as schoolgirls need to be able to change in privacy and maintain good hygiene. Each school, when receiving handwashing facilities, commits to a 6-12mth educational and monitoring program that mentors staff in looking after the new equipment and teaching pupils about the importance of good hygiene practice. Teams4U also commits to support the menstruating pupils with washable sanitary pads.