After years of teaching our pupils and their parents the benefits of proper sanitation and disposal of rubbish, change is proving to be a slow process, with still only around 10% of our families correctly disposing of rubbish.
But we press on, with CoH staff helping families to understand that burning rubbish in pits, or finding collection points where rubbish is burnt, are healthier options than leaving waste lying around near their homes. It clearly helps prevent cases of typhoid and diarrhoea, which are common in Namatala and always attributed to poor waste management.
But it’s a national lifestyle problem in Uganda where there are few collection points. People in the slum find it easiest to dump their waste wherever and whenever it suits them, producing piles of rubbish along the pathways and major roads in the slum.