In Uganda, only 37% of schools have basic handwashing facilities with water and soap both available . Yet research shows that washing hands with soap is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways of reducing the risk of diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, both leading causes of childhood deaths.
A Rocha Uganda is promoting the use of tippy taps in schools and households to improve hygiene and save water. This simple handwashing device is especially useful for communities without running water, and can be made with readily available materials: just sticks, a small jerrycan or plastic bottle and string.
It uses less than half the amount of water compared to handwashing directly from a tap or jerrycan and any wasted goes back into the soil. Unpredictable rainfall patterns due to climate change mean that periods of water scarcity are becoming increasingly frequent. So saving precious water resources is vital for community members and the local environment.
 UNICEF (2018). Scoping study of WASH in schools programming in Eastern and Southern Africa
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