Public Health

We bridge the gaps and addresses health challenges including access to safe & clean water affecting rural poor communities in the remotest and  post-conflict-affected areas of Northern Uganda.

Northern Ugandan is ranked the youngest population with 68% below 18 years of age with adolescent’s girls still surviving on the corridors with limited access to better sexual reproductive health services (SRH), information, education, as well as little or no attention and support from adults to allow them develop positive attitudes and behaviors related to sexuality and reproductive health. This age group presents a narrow window of opportunity for interventions that focus on developing positive gender attitudes, strong self-esteem, and decision-making and communication skills. It is only in Oyam where adolescents sexual reproductive health services are conducted on verandas, on the floor and under trees and on rainy seasons, they are sent back home unattended increasing the burden of unmet health needs, As a result, most adolescents tend to go from one hospital or medical clinic to another without finding adequate medical support and resort to using local traditional methods until they lose hope and become resigned to their fate.

FIDRA helps people in Northern Uganda improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, & hygiene education programs.

Northern Uganda not only being the largest with population of 8 million people, 65% rural poor communities especially women and children do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. The drinking water crisis has reached explosive proportions with children and women trekking 3 to 4 kilometers to get to swamps and other unsafe water directly from streams and rivers. Long cartage distances pose particular difficulties for elderly people and those with disabilities. Poor communities are often unable to afford the costs of maintaining pumps and bore holes, or lack the skills to do
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Consequently, it is this section of the population that is most often hit by water borne epidemics of Jaundice, Cholera or gastroenteritis.

We solve the toughest and most challenging access to safe drinking water including geographic remoteness, poor maintenance of existing systems, and a paucity of public funds FIDRA believes in providing of safe drinking water to poor families in the rural areas as critical economic development fuel that drives improving health and living conditions of children, women and the young people.