Most parasitic diseases and illnesses that plague the overcrowded IDP camps can be traced to either contaminated
groundwater or to improper waste disposal. The result is high infant mortality rates and low productivity within camps as
residents suffer from intestinal parasites.
Connect Africa is combating these problems by partnering with likeminded organizations to introduce the Ecological
Sanitation (Eco-San) toilet, as well as an entire sanitation and hygiene training program, to northern Ugandan villages
and IDP camps. Instead of the traditional “pit -latrine” which contaminates underground water tables, Connect Africa’s
Eco-San toilet utilizes an above ground collection tank to turn waste into compost and fertilizer. The Eco-san toilet is
constructed from ISSB bricks that IDP camp residents make using the CARC’s brick making machine. In addition, Connect
Africa’s hygiene education conferences provide IDP camp residents with basic health care and hygiene knowledge.