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The BMJ Christmas 2019 appeal: a health centre is not a health centre if it doesn’t have clean water

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 05 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6807
  1. Dan Jones, advocacy coordinator
  1. WaterAid, London SE11 5JD, UK
  1. danjones{at}
WaterAid/James Kiyimba

In Kharumwa Hospital in northwestern Tanzania doctors such as Casmir Lubango (pictured) have seen clean water and good sanitation transform the healthcare they provide. Lubango’s hospita­­­l used often to run out of clean water or had to use it sparingly, until the international charity WaterAid helped bring a reliable source to the hospital, as well as decent toilets and hygiene training.

“I’m happy we have enough water at the health centre now,” said Lubango. “Personal hygiene among patients has greatly improved. Our wards are congested but very clean.

“Improved access to water and good hygiene practices in a hospital environment means infection prevention and control. There are no longer sepsis cases, due to improved hygiene.

“These things combined have won us the trust and confidence …

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