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Study Title: Assessing use of SolarSack for treatment of safe drinking water in Uganda.

Study Period: 2021-2022

Project Description

Over eight million Ugandans lack access to safe water and 27 million do not have access to improved sanitation facilities with majority being Kampala urban poor slum dwellers (UN, 2014). PACE Uganda in partnership with 4Life solutions are implementing a one-year study aimed at enhancing increased access, coverage and use of solarsack for safe drinking water among mothers and caretakers in rural and urban settings of the Eastern, Northern, Western and Central regions of Uganda where PACE is currently implementing the ongoing projects.

Main Objective:

Assessing the acceptability of and willingness to buy solarsack for water treatment, explore user preferences and assess the impact of solarsack use on water borne diseases.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To determine the willingness to buy and acceptability of SolarSack water treatment device
  2. To determine the most appropriate cost per unit for SolarSack for rural, peri-urban and urban settings
  3. To explore user preferences for the SolarSack device
  4. To determine the effect of SolarSack use on prevalence of waterborne diseases

Study Methodology:

The study will use both qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct cross-sectional surveys in the selected communities over a one year. Interviews will be conducted for adults 18 years and above after informed consent. Field officers will select a household located on the left of the household that he/she is visiting to implement the main project work to which an interview will be administered.

Study sites:

The study districts include Wakiso, Mukono, Kampala, Luwero, Mpigi, Butambala, Gomba, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Masaka, Kyotera, Rakai, Mityana, Kasanda, Mubende, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Hoima, Bunyangabu, Kikuube, Kakumiro, Mbale, Sironko, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Bududa, Namisindwa, Dokolo, Amolatar, Lira, Kole, Oyamu, Otuke, Alebtong, Apac, Kwani, KItgum, Lamwo, Amuru and Nwoya.

Study Approvals:

The study has obtained approvals from Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Makerere University Department of Chemistry, Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment and Kenya Bureau of Standards.


Principal Investigator:

Dr Alex Ndyabakira (PACE)

Co-Principal Investigators:

Phellister Nakamya (PACE), Joan Kithika (4Life Solutions)


Rebecca Babirye (PACE), Barbra Uwera (4Life Solutions)



PACE Uganda

4Life Solutions

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