The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is also access to.. The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is clean drinking water for a community. The Human Rights Measurement initiatives has given Uganda a score of 22.9% with regards to basic sanitation, and 9.5% for water supply.According to this report, in 2011, access to "safe water" was 66 percent while access to improved sanitation was 70 percent in rural areas and 81 percent in urban areas. Under the Healthy Villages initiative, hygiene and sanitation interventions supplement innovative and comprehensive water chain interventions to ensure safe water from the source and into the home. Poor sanitation and hygiene is a cross-cutting health concern in all rural Ugandan villages. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for 17% of all deaths of children under five (World Health Organization). Poor personal and household hygiene can lead to trachoma, increased rate of infections, and a number of other diseases. A home with standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and increase malaria rates not just for that family, but for the neighbors as well. Although Uganda’s agriculture-based economy is still challenged by poverty, there has been some strong economic growth in recent years. Global Girl Child Youth Initiatives started working in Uganda in 2016. We began our work by learning about the population’s water and sanitation needs and building relationships with local government and the private sector. Together with partners, Global Girl Child Youth Initiatives now supports water services in Gulu and Amuru Districts and sanitation services in five additional districts in Northern Uganda.