The global health initiative involving both the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations, and other non-state actors is focused on the promotion of proper and decent housing as a key human right that all states must adhere to. WHO states that 10m people die annually due to poor living and housing conditions and recommends that 75% of the disease burden can be avoided if decent housing is realized.
The housing deficit of Uganda is at 2.1 million housing units meaning that over 12 million Ugandans lack a decent place to call home. Just as UN-Habitat Right to Adequate housing, Section emphasizes that Housing is the key to other vital rights-based services such as access to clean and safe water, Hygiene and sanitation and health, food and security; livelihoods, Environmental sustainability among others our holist approach of the logic of housing therefore is not only as a physical structure but as a platform and foundation to access wider development opportunities that contribute to the wellbeing of humanity. This programme provides social housing support for vulnerable rural households, especially women; vulnerable children; and orphans and their caregivers through the construction of homes with a ventilated pit latrine, shower stall and water
tank. Families are trained in knowledge of HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, succession planning, inheritance rights, sanitation and hygiene, and malaria prevention.
Recognizing the connection between housing and livelihood security, we support youth in these households to develop a vocational skill relevant to their local markets, such as tailoring, hairdressing, motorcycle mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics, catering, carpentry, and bricklaying, and construction practice among others. Upon completion, the youth are supported with start-up toolkits to take forward their skills and become the income earners and support base for their families.
The Vulnerable group housing program has to date supported over 10,000 families through social housing that comes complete with a VIP latrine and
shower stall thus enabling about 60,000 individuals to have a place to call home.
Key strategic approaches include promoting water and sanitation at the household and community level, youth mentorship and empowerment, promoting
livelihoods, land, security of tenure, and women’s property rights.