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Clean Water Flows at Kibondo Hospital

  • March 21, 2023
  • Community Health, Mother and Child Health
  • Tanzania
  • Advira sits with her baby behind her home in Kibondo, Tanzania, (Photo/Andrew Kapakasa)

“With enough water, you can prevent disease,”

Dr. Matias Bwashi

Imagine a hospital without water: That was Kibondo District Hospital in rural western Tanzania until last year. The water supply was not dependable, so patients, health workers and staff had to bring their own — often paying for it — or work in unsafe conditions, risking infection. Now, thanks to a partnership with Americares, clean water flows in all wards of the hospital and staff and patients alike can access new toilets.  

Patient on right in yellow knit cap has her blood pressure taken by nurse in red and multi-patterned dress with stethoscope. Tray on table with medical supplies. Window to outside in background.
Advira meets with her nurse Caroline inside Kibondo District Hospital in Kibondo, Tanzania. Advira is a patient who gave birth to her children in the hospital and feels excited about the Americares WASH improvements and the safety it provides her and her family in the future. (Photo/Andrew Kapakasa)

“The community that surrounds our district hospital is thankful for the availability of clean water at all times in the hospital because it has gotten rid of the whole ordeal of buying water [or] fetching water from distant homes,” says Advira Peter, who delivered her youngest child at the hospital last year. “We will benefit a lot from it since it will save us from huge costs.”

Americares has worked alongside the government and the staff at Kibondo to make improvements to the entire water supply system — from storage to treatment and distribution — and together they have ensured there is proper waste management, laundry services and infection prevention control protocols.

Hospital staff know a cleaner environment is safer for everyone. “With enough water, you can prevent disease,” says Dr. Matias Bwashi, the former medical officer in charge of Kibondo Hospital. Everything can be kept clean — from health worker’s hands, medical equipment to sheets and towels. The hospital was also paying for water — funds that can now be used for medicine and supplies, says Bwashi.

Dr. Matias stands smiling with arms folded in blue shirt in the hospital hallway.
Hospital Director Dr. Matias stands in the hallway of Kibondo District Hospital in Kibondo, Tanzania. The construction of the entire water supply, storage and distribution system, as well as the sanitation and waste management facilities that serve Kibondo District Hospital in Kibondo, Tanzania are complete thanks to Americares and their partnership with the Tanzanian government and Xylem Watermark. (Photo/Andrew Kapakasa)
New bathrooms, door closed on left side, door open on right side with sign above.
The new bathrooms in the WASH installation projects in Kibondo, Tanzania, (Photo/Andrew Kapakasa)

The hospital is a point of pride in the community. Says Advira,

“As the old saying goes, ‘the better the toilet, the better the house.’”

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