To raise awareness for the importance of good sanitation Gulu commemorated World Toilet Day on 19 November. PACHEDO was among the partners who joined hands to hold a loud and colorful event.
Led by a brass band and accompanied by a sound system the participants marched through the streets of Gulu. Pupils from more than 20 schools, representatives of Gulu Municipality and Gulu District, local politicians, health workers and development partners attended.
After the march a ceremony took place at Kaunda Grounds, where the audience saw dance and drama performances by schools and listened to interesting and motivational speeches. The message of these talks and dramas was clear: Good sanitation and hygiene are crucial for the health and well-being of our community. And we all are tasked to contribute our share to improve on the existing situation.
To conclude the ceremony, awards were given to the best performing schools and households and the great work of the community health workers was acknowledged with small handouts.
The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030. This goal includes that everyone has a safe toilet and that no-one practices open defecation by 2030. Failure to achieve this goal risks the entire Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Today, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practice open defecation. The impact of exposure to human faeces on this scale has a devastating impact upon public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.