A new partnership is set to address water-related health concerns in the island communities of Lake Victoria. The year-long pilot project will be undertaken by Signpost International, African Inland Church Tanzania (AICT), and Vine Trust.
For most people on the islands, water for drinking, cooking and cleaning is only accessible from the heavily contaminated lake water. Though there is knowledge of waterborne illnesses, without the resources to treat the water, community members are often left with little option but to use it. As a result, there is a high prevalence of waterborne illness recorded as a direct consumption of contaminated water sources.
The pilot project, which will be led by Signpost International, has emerged from the initial partnership between Edinburgh-based Vine Trust, and AICT who provide healthcare services via the medical vessel Jubilee Hope to the remote island communities.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is one of Signpost International’s main areas of focus and we are delighted to be working together with Vine Trust and AICT on this project.
Project partners AICT will implement the provision of water-treatment solutions to 65 island households alongside the development of education and awareness raising programmes. The partnership hopes to see a strengthened approach to improving water, sanitation and hygiene in the households of the lake islands.