Country situation report on POPs in Uganda.
Like most developing countries, Uganda does not manufacture or formulate POPs chemicals or pesticides. Despite this fact, chemicals including POPs have been used throughout the country for the past few decades. Some of them expired and created a disposal problem. Sometimes they are buried near residential areas or sources of water, particularly polluting ground water. Although Uganda has accumulated some obsolete pesticides over the years, information about the quantity of obsolete pesticides stored in the country is very scanty. This report covers this and other potential sources, amounts and extent of pollution caused by POPs and POPs by-products in Uganda. The study reveals use of DDT for malaria control; PCBs in the informal sector; and dieldrin for tsetse fly control. Key issues for POPs elimination in Uganda include establishing a multi-stakeholder national coordinating committee on POPs to undertake POPs emission inventories; identification of polluted sites; undertaking inventories of obsolete POPs stocks; harmonization of existing chemical legislations; and develop a comprehensive information and awareness-raising campaign on the dangers and risks of POPs by involving all stakeholder