ICHIO-UGANDA is a registered Non-Governmental Organization incepted MARCH2015 by a group of Environmental Health students at Makerere University School of Public Health. This followed an observation of the prevailing health situation on Islands, landing sites and other congregate settings, characterized by unsafe water, poor hygiene and sanitation practices, high prevalence of HIV/TB, high rates of drug/substance abuse, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and other preventable diseases.
By: Maxencia Nabiryo
ICHIO is operating in four thematic areas of HIV/AIDS and TB; Tobacco control and drug abuse; WASH and NTDs all targeting congregate settings like islands, schools, camps , slums among others with aim of promoting health through empowering the community for productivity. The organization has about 10 partners including the community and implementing some of the projects. Some have been concluded like the “Katwe Gwanga Mujje Tweyonje” and Community Cluster Head WASH (CCH) project in Kisenyi II parish Central Division KCCA in
2015/16 and 2017 respectively. The current project is “Community rise against tuberculosis” basing on cluster approach in Makindye Division KCCA.
By: Tumusiime Tadeo (Executive Director)
Improvement of Urban slum Water Sanitation and Hygiene through the Community Cluster Head approach in Central Division, Kampala City.
By: Daniel Lukooya, Lesley R. Ninsiima
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a major challenge in the urban poor communities especially in developing countries of the sub Saharan Africa. In Kampala, the slums are characterized by communities with low socioeconomic status, multicultural settings and poor housing conditions and WASH is one of the major challenges. In 2016, Integrated Community Health Initiative Organization (ICHIO) - Uganda through the Gwanga Mujje Tweyonjje Project in collaboration with Central Urban Division, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) pilot tested an approach in Kakajjo zone with the aim of eliminating open defecation (OD) and improving general WASH situation in urban slums through the use of Community Cluster Heads (CCH). Pilot test of the CCH approach was carried out in Kakajjo zone, Kisenyi II parish in Central Division, Kampala district. Every ten household, there was selection of one community volunteer known as CCH who was nominated by fellow members in the households.
CCH were trained on WASH aspects and were responsible for overseeing and reporting about the WASH situation in their respective areas, mentoring of members on WASH, also had close monitoring and continuous mentoring from the ICHIO project officers thus capacity building. The CCH also acted as linkages between the community and other stakeholders.
There was elimination of OD in all the 5 hotspots of Kakajjo zone at the end of 6 months. General cleanliness and sanitation also improved due to community participation, increased reporting on WASH with CCH reporting a drop-in sanitation related cases in Kakajjo zone and better Community linkage to key stakeholders.
The use of CCH can affect improvement and sustainability of the urban WASH interventions especially in congested communities like the slums. They are therefore crucial in ensuring the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6 and 11.
By: Daniel Lukooya, Lesley R. Ninsiima
In August 2017, Integrated Community Health Initiative Organization (ICHIO-Uganda) with support from MSH-TrackTB project commenced a pilot project named “COMMUNITY RISE AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS” that is taking place in Makindye division, Kampala City. This
intervention developed by ICHIO Uganda is aimed at increasing tuberculosis case identification and treatment success in Kampala. A recent population-based TB prevalence survey in Uganda indicated that 46% of Tuberculosis cases were missed/were undiagnosed; these remain in the communities and hence continued spread of the disease. This pilot approach is a communitybased initiative implemented in collaboration with Management Sciences for Health – Track TB project, the office of the Division Medical Officer Makindye division KCCA and both private and Public health facilities. It is currently running in Makindye Division, Kampala district only
with hope of rolling to other divisions upon its success.
By: ICHIO Uganda
DRUG & SUBSTANCE ABUSE CONTROL
For the past two years, there was no direct project implemented regarding the drug/substance abuse though well aware of existence and reported increasing trend of youths engaging in a number of drug abuse activities; the drugs mostly abused being marijuana, shisha, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine among others. This has resulted into increased mental illness and a lot more physical and social consequences among the youth. Based on above considerations therefore ICHIO-Uganda has been prompted to plan and implement some Drug abuse control projects in these three coming years (2018-2020).This will involve identification of the drug users hotspots and engage drug users in sensitsation on the risk associated ,alternative life styles through equipping them life skills and where needed linking drug addicts to care.
To ensure effectiveness, ICHIO will collaborate with a number of organizations that are serving in the line of drug/substance abuse control in Uganda so as to reach a number of affected persons especially in the hard to reach communities of islands, landing sites and other congregate settings like slums, schools, prisons the uniformed personels among others. Also preventive measures will be implemented in training institutions to pass on the information about the dangers of such acts thus protecting the next generation.
By :ICHIO Uganda