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Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu Ms. Arleen Folan Project Manager, WIL School of Health & Science, DkIT 9th November 2010 The value.

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1 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu Ms. Arleen Folan Project Manager, WIL School of Health & Science, DkIT 9th November 2010 The value of partnerships and collaboration - everybody can make a contribution

2 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Overview Uganda – water related facts & field site location Background & goal of project Main activities Research projects Organisation of project & levels of engagement GIS database Impacts of project on community

3 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Water is Life - the background: DkIT – long standing relationship with the MMMs in Makondo School of Health & Science Centre for Freshwater Studies 40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water – high female burden WaterAid 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases UNESCO At any one time, half of the developing world's hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases UN 2007Networking grant awarded to DkIT (10K) 2008Potential partners identified Southern & Northern

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5 Funded by Irish Aid/HEA Programme for Strategic Co-operation Multi-disciplinary project Goal of this programme - to build research capacity in Ireland and Africa Water is Life - 5 year programme – 2008 to 2013 Large numbers of partners – both Southern and Northern, HEIs, MMM Resource Centre, Makondo and NGOs Water is Life

6 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Main activities Develop appropriate activities in the area of water resource sustainability & monitor its effects on community health, gender & poverty through a combination of 8 PhD research projects & community engagement Support research with a water-centred focus; Examine water sourcing, distribution & sanitation; Assess impact of safe water provision on community & health & gender; Engage community interest & support; Generation and provision of an appropriate GIS database; and, Ultimately inform a jointly developed taught Masters degree programme (Ireland/Uganda). Technical Social Economic Water

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8 My background Education – B.A. Economic, H. dip Experience – More than 10 years experience of managing projects based in developing countries or economies in transition Africa – First visited Africa in 1997 (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar) Motivation (on this project)– To make a difference to the lives of rural community in Uganda

9 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Multiple Levels of Engagement required Academic – Educators, University Officers & Managers, Potential & Current Postgraduate Students, Undergraduates, Second Level Students Government – Ministry Level (Health, Education primarily) – Ministers & Officials, Local Government Officials Community – Citizens, Community Workers Policy Influencers – Professional Bodies & Training Bodies (North & South), NGOs, Funding Agencies

10 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu PhD research projects 1. Sourcing & distribution of sustainable groundwater supplies for rural water supply (DkIT/TCD/MUK) 2. Sustainable pump technologies (DkIT/DCU/MUK) 3. Solar disinfection of drinking water (RCSI/DCU/MUK) 4. Health impact of SODIS using a school- based trial protocol (RCSI/DCU/MUK) 5. Water & water management needs: social & health impacts on women & their children (DCU/DkIT/MUK) 6. Adaptation of water management to climate change (NUIM/MUK) 7. The social impact of gendering water resource management (NUIM/MUK) 8. Understanding cooperation & conflict in local water governance (DCU/MUK)

11 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu GIS database

12 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu Help to identify: The villages with most health issues, If these issues are related to water sources Whether there is any correlation between the distance travelled to water sources and the health of the women and children? The percentages of the population without access to clean water Recommended travel distance – for future management etc. Applications of GIS to NGOs:

13 Water is Life Amazzi Bulamu On the local community: Knowledge transfer Empowerment (through knowledge) Greater understanding of water & appreciation of water quality issues Recognition of women and mens participation in decision making on water Sensitization on sanitation and hygiene (SODIS) Increased community demand for downward accountability from service providers in the water sector Impacts of this project

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