Gangming parish is located in Lotuke s/c, Abim district Karamoja sub-region. The parish constitutes of 10 villages with over 853 households. In September 2014; the parish experienced high level of WASH related diseases due to poor hygiene. This was because less than a quarter of the households in the ten villages had latrines with the few sharing the latrines and the rest going for open defecation.
This situation was further worsened by inadequate drugs at the health centre II to treat these diseases and there was also lack of health education to children by their teachers.
In October 2014, Multi community Based Development Initiative with support from GOAL Uganda programme triggered the ten villages using CLTS methodology and the community agreed to become Open Defecation Free by 30th/JAN/2015. Though the action points were put forward to end Open Defecation, this community was extremely slow in implementing the action points.
Triggering session in Gangming parish
In order to make sure stakeholders buy in, MUCOBADI together with GOAL Abim office brought on board various stake holders ranging from District chairperson, District councilor( secretary works and technical services and secretary Health and Education), Technical staffs both from the sub-county and the District, District Water Office, RDC and DISO. Subsequently, Joint project monitoring with the District and review meeting was conducted with the parish leaders, VHTs, and local councils of the ten villages in February 2015.
Sub-county and District officials during review meeting in Gangming parish.
Since then with the support of program officers and volunteers, Village health team, natural leaders and LCs they started working seriously in implementing the action points made during the review meeting and the constructions of sanitary facilities started.
In April 2015, the ten villages were verified by the district and all were certified open defecation free (ODF).
Today, Gangming parish which was previously among those lagging behind in sanitation coverage has been declared ODF within 06 months and at least 100% of households in each village having latrines and no human excreta seen in the bushes and compounds.