Arua Moves to Stop Open Defecation

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Sunday Aniku, a resident of Awia village in Kubo parish Ayivuni Sub County, says they were facing serious sanitation challenges before the program was introduced.

Arua district has registered some slight improvement in the latrine coverage following the implementation of the community led total sanitation program.  The district started implementing the community led sanitation program in 2015 through its water department with the aim of total elimination of sanitary related diseases.
 
 
The district selected Ayivuni and Omugo sub counties to pilot the program. Under the program, residents are empowered to participate in the improvement of sanitation in their area through proper hygiene practices.
 

The immediate interventions included sinking of latrines, digging pits, constructing bath shelters, clearing bushes around homes to stop open defecation and promoting hand washing with soap after visiting the toilet.

 
Now, Brenda Atibaru, the Health Inspector Ayivuni Sub County, says the program has registered tremendous success in Kubo and Angazi parishes in Ayivuni and Omugo sub counties respectively.
 

  
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Mercy Letaru, the Assistant Water Officer Arua District, attributes the success of the program to the involvement of community members, village health teams, sub county health inspectors and district water department.

 
According to Letaru, they will continue monitoring the program and impose fines on those practicing open defecation. Kalisto Onama, a retired Water Officer in Arua, says there is no reason why people shouldn't have latrines.
 

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Sunday Aniku, a resident of Awia village in Kubo parish Ayivuni Sub County, says they were facing serious sanitation challenges before the program was introduced. He however, says the program helped him to improve his hygiene practices.
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