The project will improve the lives of the needy children in rural Uganda by promoting water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities in households, encourage immunization, providing mosquito nets, educating proper feeding in children, promoting and providing de-worming tablets. The project will also sensitize community members on proper toilet use, boiling drinking water, hand washing with soap after critical moments, protecting and maintaining of water quality from source to point of use.
There is s a high infant mortality rate of about 105 for every 1000 infants in Uganda and these children die of deadly but preventable diseases. Malnutrition status is at 3.4%, malaria deaths accounts for 16.4%, HIV is at 11.3% and the water related diseases account for 10.5% and the majority are children. This project will reach more than 20,000 children care givers with preventative information and services in order to reduce and eventually reverse infant mortality in Buikwe - Uganda.
Through capacity building, sensitization and training, mothers and other child care givers will be encouraged to always wash their hands with soap before feeding their babies, keep food and water utensils clean, boil drinking water to prevent contamination of food and water. Provision of bed nets and encouraging sleeping under them to prevent malaria, and support malnourished infants with nutritious food and de-worming medicine to children under five years every three months.
The project will equip rural mothers and other children care givers with skills and knowledge that will help them create healthy generations that are in line with the required standards recognized for promotion of life specifically of children below five years. About 20,000 care givers including the grand parents will be equipped with information and skills that will lead to reduction and eventually reversing infant mortality in Buikwe and Uganda at large.